Arthur Johnson (footballer, born 1879)
Arthur Johnson (born 12 April 1879) was a notable football player and coach. Although invariably described as "English", research shows that Johnson was in fact Irish, having been born in Dublin, albeit at a time when all of Ireland was part of the United Kingdom. In his playing days he was a center forward for Real Madrid and their first coach between 1910 until 1920. He also played as a Goalkeeper at the beginning of his career, the most important match was in the 1903 Copa del Rey Final.
He played in the first El Clásico on 13 May 1902, a 3–1 loss to FC Barcelona, in which he scored Real Madrid's first competitive goal, in 1902 Copa de la Coronación, in the first official game of Real Madrid. Years later, he became the first coach of Real Madrid, a position that he occupied for ten seasons. Only Miguel Muñoz has been head coach for more games. It was Johnson, who influenced Madrid to play in the classic all-white strip, mirroring the strip worn by Corinthian Casuals.
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