Johnny Spuhler

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John Oswald Spuhler (18 September 1917 – 7 January 2007) was an English professional footballer.

He was born at Sunderland in 1917 and began his footballing career with Sunderland during the 1930s, but it was after the Second World War and during his time at local rivals Middlesbrough that Spuhler achieved his greatest success. He moved to Ayresome Park in 1945 and scored a total of 81 goals in 241 Football League and FA Cup games, 13 of these goals being scored in 1950-51 when Boro finished 6th in the First Division.

On leaving Boro in 1954, he signed for Darlington and later in the decade moved to non-league level as player-manager of Spennymoor United. In the early 1960s he made a Football League comeback as manager of Shrewsbury Town.

Spuhler died in January 2007 at the age of 89.

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