Bradley Johnson

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Bradley Johnson
Bradley Johnson Norwich.jpg
Johnson playing for Norwich City in 2014
Personal information
Full name Bradley Paul Johnson[1]
Date of birth (1987-04-28) 28 April 1987 (age 27)[1]
Place of birth Hackney, London, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder / Utility player
Club information
Current team
Norwich City
Number 4
Youth career
1997–2002 Arsenal
2003–2004 Cambridge United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Waltham Forest ? (?)
2004–2005 Cambridge United 1 (0)
2005–2008 Northampton Town 53 (8)
2005–2006 Gravesend & Northfleet (loan) 24 (5)
2006 Stevenage Borough (loan) 4 (0)
2008–2011 Leeds United 122 (16)
2008–2009 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 10 (5)
2011– Norwich City 100 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:43, 1 January 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Bradley Paul Johnson (born 28 April 1987) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Norwich City, where he serves as vice-captain. His primary position is a central midfielder, but can also play as a left winger and as a left back.

Club career[edit]

Born in Hackney, Greater London,[1] Johnson started his career at his boyhood team Arsenal but was released by the club when he was 15 years old.[2][3] After leaving Arsenal, he made several appearances for Waltham Forest F.C., in the Ryman Division 1 North. He then joined the youth ranks at Cambridge United and after breaking into the first team he then moved to league club Northampton Town, where he signed on 16 May 2005. During his time at the club he was sent out on loan twice, playing for Gravesend & Northfleet and Stevenage Borough. Following the appointment of Stuart Gray as Northampton manager, Johnson featured in practically every single starting eleven that he named and he signed a new two-year contract extension.

Johnson began to attract attention from a host of Championship sides, including Coventry City, Colchester United and Queens Park Rangers, but was in talks to sign for Leicester City, after discussing terms at the Walkers Stadium on 2 January 2008.[4] However, the player returned to the Sixfields Stadium, having failed to reach an agreement with the club.

Leeds United[edit]

Two days later, Leeds United confirmed reports that they had been given permission from Northampton to speak to Johnson, regarding a contract.[5] He went on to sign a three-and-a-half-year deal for £250,000 after undergoing a medical at the club's Thorp Arch training ground on 8 January 2008.[6][7]

Johnson made his first appearance for Leeds on 14 January 2008 in their league fixture against Crewe Alexandra at the Alexandra Stadium.[8] He scored his first goal for the club at Elland Road in a fixture against Bournemouth on 8 March.[9] Johnson played for Leeds in the League 1 playoff final against Doncaster Rovers at Wembley, but was on the losing side as Leeds lost 1–0.

After struggling to get a first team place under manager Gary McAllister due to the emergence of Fabian Delph, Johnson joined League One rivals Brighton & Hove Albion on loan until 3 January 2009.[10] Johnson scored twice on his debut during the 3–2 victory over Leicester City.[11] Johnson scored four goals in 10 games on loan at Brighton before returning to his parent club Leeds United, now with a new manager, Simon Grayson. Johnson found himself back in the first team picture as Leeds reached the playoff semi finals against Millwall.[12]

In November 2010, Johnson turned down the offer of a new three-year deal at Leeds United.[13] Manager Simon Grayson initially confirmed Johnson had rejected a new contract but said that contract negotiations with Johnson would still be ongoing despite his refusal of the first contract offer.[14] On 18 November, Johnson was transfer listed by Leeds after rejecting a final contract offer.[15] Johnson was linked with Premiership clubs Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City[16] A war of words between Chairman Ken Bates and Johnson ensued, Bates claimed that Johnson was not answering his calls. Johnson claimed he only wanted parity with other players for his wage demands.[17]

On 13 January 2011, despite Johnson being on the transfer list, manager Simon Grayson revealed that he wouldn't be able to sell Johnson unless a replacement had been brought in beforehand.[18] On 18 January, Johnson scored his sixth goal of the season in an FA Cup Third Round Replay against Arsenal at Elland Road,[19] a goal which later won Leeds' goal of the season award.[20]

Norwich City[edit]

Despite ongoing negotiations with Leeds Johnson was unable to agree a new contract and on 1 July 2011 signed a three-year deal with Norwich City.[21] He was handed squad number 4, which was vacated by Matthew Gill when he was released by the club.[22] Johnson made his Norwich debut in the club's first home match of the Premier League season.[23] Johnson scored his first Norwich goal against Bolton Wanderers on 17 September 2011 at the Reebok Stadium with a "classy header".[24]

Johnson's second season with Norwich was successful as he managed to play regularly for the club. His aggressive and highly enthusiastic nature of play appealed to many Carrow Road patrons, with some claiming its reminiscent to how captain Grant Holt played in their campaigns in League One and the Championship. Johnson caught the headlines against Everton F.C. for his repeated tangles with midfielder Marouane Fellaini, most notably for cutting Fellaini's leg open with a kick.[25] Norwich finished the season in 11th place, and Johnson's performances in guaranteeing both survival and a respectable mid-table finish led to him being picked 3rd for the Player of the Season, voted by the fans.

After an up-and-down 2013/14 season, Johnson had a widely-praised performance against Tottenham Hotspur on 23 February, where he was awarded Barclays Man of the Match."Great team effort!!! Chuffed to bits with being awarded this...". Twitter. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.  He assisted the only goal of the game with a cutting ball to Robert Snodgrass, and almost scored when his 100 mph free-kick thundered against the crossbar and onto the line.

He scored his first goal of the 2014/15 Championship season on 16 August against Watford at home. From just outside the box, he chipped the ball over former Tottenham Hotspur keeper Heurelho Gomes in a 3–0 win. In the following game against Blackburn, where Norwich came from behind with two late goals, he again chipped the ball this time over another ex-Spurs keeper in Paul Robinson.

Honours[edit]

Leeds United[edit]

Individual[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 1 January 2014.
England
Season Club Loan Division League FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy Play-Offs Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
2013–14 Norwich City Premier League 31 3 1 0 3 0 35 3 6 1
2012–13 Premier League 37 1 2 0 1 0 40 1 8 0
2011–12 Premier League 28 2 1 0 0 0 29 2 2 0
Norwich City Total 96 6 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 104 6 16 1
2010–11 Leeds United Championship 45 5 2 1 2 0 49 6 14 1
2009–10 League One 36 7 4 0 3 0 4 0 47 7 12 0
2008–09 League One 15 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 20 1 3 0
2008–09 Brighton & Hove Albion Loan League One 10 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 5 2 0
2007–08 Leeds United League One 21 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 24 3 1 0
Leeds United Total 117 16 6 1 7 0 5 0 5 0 140 17 30 1
2007–08 Northampton Town League One 23 3 3 1 2 1 1 0 29 5 4 0
2006–07 League One 27 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 28 5 4 0
2006–07 Stevenage Borough Loan Conference 4 0 0 0 4 0 2 0
2005–06 Gravesend & Northfleet Loan Conference 25 5 0 0 25 5 5 1
2005–06 Northampton Town League Two 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 1 0
Northampton Town Total 53 8 3 1 3 1 2 0 0 0 61 10 9 0
2004–05 Cambridge United League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Cambridge United Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Career Total 306 40 13 2 14 1 7 0 5 0 345 43 62 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 221. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Brad on Promotion and Inspiration". 7 October 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Exclusive – Johnson: I'll dump Arsenal out of the Cup despite being a fan". Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Leicester target back at Cobblers". BBC Sport. 4 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  5. ^ "Talking To Brad". Leeds United. 4 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  6. ^ "Brad Signs Up". Leeds United. 8 January 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2008. 
  7. ^ "Johnson completes switch to Leeds". BBC Sport. 8 January 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2008. 
  8. ^ "Crewe Alexandra v Leeds United Match Report". Leeds United. 14 January 2008. Retrieved 8 March 2008. 
  9. ^ "Cherries Picked". Leeds United. 8 March 2008. Retrieved 8 March 2008. 
  10. ^ "Johnson to Join on Loan until January". Seagulls World. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 27 October 2008. 
  11. ^ "Brighton 3–2 Leicester". BBC Football. 28 October 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2008. 
  12. ^ "Leeds United 1 Millwall 1: Match report". The Daily Telegraph (London). 14 May 2009. 
  13. ^ "Rangers line up bid for Leeds midfielder Brad". Mirror Football. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Leeds United: Simon Grayson warns Bradley Johnson". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Midfielder Transfer Listed". 18 November 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "Leeds United keen on O'Brien deal – Bates". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  17. ^ Carter, Gary (9 December 2010). "Bates blast for star Bradley". The Sun (London). 
  18. ^ "Leeds United: I just can't let Johnson go – Grayson". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  19. ^ http://www.leedsunited.com/news/20110120/a-goal-never-to-be-forgotten_2247585_2271521
  20. ^ a b "Max Scoops up the Gongs". 2 May 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  21. ^ "Official: Norwich City sign Bradley Johnson on three-year deal". Goal.com. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  22. ^ "Bradley Johnson". Soccerbase. 16 July 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  23. ^ "Norwich 1–1 Stoke". BBC. 21 August 2011. 
  24. ^ "Bolton 1–2 Norwich". BBC Sport. 17 September 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  25. ^ "Referees do not protect Marouane Fellaini, says angry Everton manager David Moyes". Telegraph. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 

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