Chris Armstrong (footballer, born 1971)
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|Full name||Christopher Peter Armstrong|
|Date of birth||19 June 1971|
|Place of birth||Newcastle upon Tyne, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Christopher Peter "Chris" 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.
Born in England to an Irish father and a Nigerian mother, Armstrong began his career in the Welsh National League, playing for Llay Welfare, before signing with Wrexham on a free transfer in March 1989. 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, before moving to Millwall for £50,000 in August 1991.
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.
After interest from FA Cup holders Everton, 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.
He returned to Wrexham, where he retired in 2005.
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-  Daily Post Newspaper 8 July 2003 - Extracted 24 January 2012
-  My Eyes Have Seen The Glory - Extracted 24 January 2012
-  Sporting Heroes - Extracted 24 January 2012
- Chris Armstrong tests positive for drugs Guardian Newspaper 22 April 2002 - Extracted 15 February 2009
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