Chris Armstrong (footballer, born 1971)

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Chris Armstrong
Personal information
Full name Christopher Peter Armstrong[1]
Date of birth (1971-06-19) 19 June 1971 (age 46)
Place of birth Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 Wrexham 60 (13)
1991–1992 Millwall 28 (5)
1992–1995 Crystal Palace 118 (45)
1995–2002 Tottenham Hotspur 141 (48)
2002–2003 Bolton Wanderers 0 (0)
2003–2005 Wrexham 59 (13)
Total 406 (124)
National team
1994 England B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Christopher Peter Armstrong (born 19 June 1971 in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear) is an English former England B international footballer who has played as a striker for Wrexham (twice), Millwall, Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers between 1989 and 2005.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in England to an Irish father and a Nigerian mother, Armstrong began his career in the Welsh National League,[2] playing for Llay Welfare, before signing with Wrexham on a free transfer in March 1989.[3] At Wrexham, Armstrong made his professional debut as a teenager during the 1989–90 Football League season in the old Fourth Division, and managed to score three times through the course of the season. In his two-year spell at the Welsh club, he went on to play 60 games, scoring 13 times,[4] before moving to Millwall for £50,000 in August 1991.

Crystal Palace[edit]

After one season with Millwall, Armstrong found a home at Selhurst Park, where he was the club's top-scorer with 23 league goals in 1992 during the inaugural Premier League season.

In March 1995, Armstrong tested positive for cannabis, becoming the first ever Premier player to fail a drug test. However, he returned to the game within a month after attending a brief rehab programme. He finished the season on 18 goals, not enough to save the Eagles from relegation.[5]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

After interest from FA Cup holders Everton,[6] he then joined Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £4.5 million. At the time, this made him both Tottenham's most expensive signing (until the signing of Les Ferdinand for £6 million in 1997) and Palace's most expensive player sold (until Andrew Johnson was sold for £8.6 million in 2006).

Armstrong's time at Spurs was not as successful as he might have hoped. Although a reasonably frequent scorer, he never managed to gain the level of popularity that the likes of Gary Lineker and Teddy Sheringham had during their time at the club.

Final years[edit]

Armstrong signed for Bolton Wanderers for the 2002–03 Premier League season. His only appearance came on 2 October 2002, in a 1–0 home defeat to Bury in the second round of the League Cup.[7]

He returned to Wrexham, where he retired in 2005.

International career[edit]

Armstrong received a call up to the England squad by Kevin Keegan to play Poland in March 1999, but was ultimately never capped for the senior side.[8]


Tottenham Hotspur


  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2003). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004. Queen Anne Press. p. 27. ISBN 1-85291-651-6. 
  2. ^ [1] Daily Post Newspaper 8 July 2003 - Extracted 24 January 2012
  3. ^ [2] My Eyes Have Seen The Glory - Extracted 24 January 2012
  4. ^ [3] Sporting Heroes - Extracted 24 January 2012
  5. ^ Chris Armstrong tests positive for drugs Guardian Newspaper 22 April 2002 - Extracted 15 February 2009
  6. ^ [4]
  7. ^
  8. ^ "England hit by striker crisis". BBC. 24 March 1999. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 

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