Date of birth: 18/03/1961
Place of birth: Consett
Born in Consett, Joyce started his career as a junior with Barnsley in 1979 and went on to make more than 350 appearances for the Oakwell outfit in a 12-year spell in South Yorkshire.
He then moved onto Scunthorpe, before hanging up his boots at Carlisle in 1998.
Joyce arrived at St. James' Park having worked as the PFA's Head of Coaching, a position which confirmed how highly-rated he is within the game.