Corrigan began his career at making his professional debut in 1967. In the 1969-1970 season, he established himself as the first choice "keeper at Maine Road, taking over from the ageing Harry Dowd. He spent 16 seasons at, winning the Union of European Football Associations Cup Winners" Cup and League Cup twice, while also earning nine England caps.
He left in 1983 to play for the North American Soccer League"s Seattle Sounders, then returned to England for spells with Brighton & Hove Albion, Norwich City and Stoke City.
A neck injury forced him to retire in 1985. Corrigan joined as a youth player in 1966.
He made his debut in 1967, in a League Cup match against Blackpool. He would undoubtedly have played more time for England if his chances had not been limited by Peter Shilton and Ray Clemence.
In total Corrigan made 592 appearances for, a figure beaten only by Alan Oakes, and a club record for a goalkeeper.
He is remembered as one of "s best goalkeepers along with Frank Swift and Bert Trautmann. Corrigan was sold in 1983 to American club Seattle Sounders for £30,000. Corrigan stayed in the United States only a few months, making 29 appearances before returning to England with Brighton.
At the end of his career he also had spells on loan at Stoke City and Norwich.
After retiring from football, Joe Corrigan was for a time the Goalkeeping Coach at Liverpool, from 1994 until the arrival of Rafael Benítez in 2004. On 21 September 2004, Corrigan joined the coaching team at Chester City but moved to become goalkeeping coach at Stockport County on 5 October 2004.
In February 2005, Corrigan joined West Bromwich Albion. Joe Corrigan retired at the end of the 2008-2009 season.
In February 2011 Corrigan came out of retirement to join Hull City as goalkeeping coach, replacing Mark Prudhoe, who had been criticised by some Hull supporters for his coaching methods.
Corrigan left his coaching role at Hull City in August 2011 after being involved in an unspecified incident with Jimmy Bullard on a pre season trip to Slovenia, the latter being sacked as a result. Player of the Year: 1976, 1978, 1980.