Andy Johnson (Welsh footballer)
|Full name||Andrew James Johnson|
|Date of birth||2 May 1974|
|Place of birth||Bristol, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|2001–2006||West Bromwich Albion||131||(7)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:53, 9 February 2008 (UTC).
He began his career at Norwich City, before joining Nottingham Forest in 1997 for £2.2m. Having made over one hundred appearances in Forest's squad, he moved on to West Bromwich Albion for £200,000 due to his contract expiring at the end of the season.
He made his Albion debut as a first-half substitute in a 1–0 defeat to Wimbledon on 22 September 2001. His first goal for the club was scored in a 3–2 defeat away at Barnsley on 28 October of the same year. His appearances for WBA ensured that they achieved the second promotion spot in the division and thus moved up to the Premier League. Johnson made his 100th league appearance for West Bromwich Albion during the 2003–04 league season, during which he also helped Albion to a second promotion in three years. He made several appearances for his chosen country, Wales, but failed to score a goal at international level.
After becoming a fans favourite at The Hawthorns, Johnson joined Leicester City in June 2006. He was heavily criticised for his performances by the City fans, especially in the 2–1 away defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on 4 November 2006. Following that performance, Johnson had a spell on the sidelines through injury, but then made a comeback and was the man of the match against Luton Town on 3 February 2007, and scored his first and only Leicester goal against Coventry City on 17 February 2007.
On 25 April 2007 it was announced that having not featured under manager Nigel Worthington Leicester had begun talks to terminate Johnson's contract early, and he was eventually released in May 2007. Johnson was signed by Barnsley on 8 June 2007.
Johnson started four Championship games for Barnsley in 2007, but lost his holding midfield position to the on-loan Brazilian Anderson De Silva, occasionally being named as a substitute. Barnsley manager Simon Davey placed Johnson on the transfer list in January 2008 and released the player from his contract twelve months later. Johnson joined non-league King's Lynn shortly afterwards.
Johnson was last known to be playing for Star F.C. of the Bromsgrove and District Football League.
- "AJ joins Foxes". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 23 June 2006. Retrieved 31 August 2007.
- "Leicester 3–0 Coventry". BBC. 17 February 2007. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
- Foxes Cut Johnson Loose
- "Barnsley complete double signing". BBC Sport. 8 June 2007. Archived from the original on 11 June 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
- "Johnson leaves Tykes". SportingLife.com. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
- FIFA.com and sub-pages