Chris Johnson (footballer, born 1976)
Johnson in 2010
|Full name||Christopher Lloyd Johnson|
|Date of birth||30 May 1976|
|Original team(s)||Jacana / Northern U18 (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||7th overall, 1993
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||92 kg (203 lb)|
|1997–2007||Brisbane Lions||205 (105)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2007.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 2009.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Christopher Lloyd Johnson (born 30 May 1976) is a former professional Australian rules footballer.
His career highlights as an Australian Football League (AFL) player include three premierships with Brisbane, All-Australian selection, captain of the Australian International Rules team and inclusion in the Indigenous Team of the Century.
Johnson was one of eight players to transfer to Brisbane when Fitzroy's AFL operations were taken over by the Brisbane Bears to form the Brisbane Lions and became the last Fitzroy Lion to play in the AFL.
He now plays for his junior club, Jacana.
He was one of eight players allowed to transfer to Brisbane when Fitzroy's AFL operations were taken over by the Brisbane Bears to form the Brisbane Lions. His career highlights include three premierships with Brisbane, All-Australian selection and inclusion in the Indigenous Team of the Century.
Johnson is renowned for his creative play and composure running out of defence. Nevertheless, his 2007 preseason saw him playing as regularly in the forward line and the midfield as a defender, signalling the club's intention to use him as an impact player.
On 31 August 2007, Johnson announced that he would retire from football at the end of the season. He was the last former Fitzroy Lion still playing in the AFL.
International rules series 2005
In the 2005 International Rules series, Johnson was named co-captain along with Andrew McLeod. In the second game of the series, Johnson started a brawl by clothes line tackling (or "coat hanger") Philip Jordan and striking Mattie Forde. He was suspended for five matches after pleading guilty to striking, ruling him out until the second Test in 2008.
Following his AFL career, he remained involved in the game.
He became a runner for the Brisbane Lions, appearing in Round 11 against Fremantle Dockers.
Then he shifted into coaching. On Friday 14 September 2007, Johnson signed on with the club as a full-time development coach for the Brisbane Lions. His job is to continue to assist in the development of the club's young playing list in the new position and to show off field leadership. He was promoted to assistant coach to Michael Voss.
He coached Brisbane school and AFL powerhouse St Peters Lutheran College for two years, posting a 10–0 record over his two-year tenure as the head coach for the opens team. They captured the 2007 and 2008 AIC AFL Premiership after defeating Iona College in the Grand Final on both occasions, before the competition was abandoned due to an increase of in game fights. In 2008, the school defeated Cairns school Djarragun College at the Gabba, before the Lions-Saints game, in an exhibition match to promote the AFL's indigenous round.
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- Lovett, Michael (ed.). AFL 2002. p. 461. ISBN 0-9580300-0-6.
- "Lion's body of work worth the weight". The Age. Melbourne. 31 May 2003. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
- "Jonathan Brown named Lions' sole skipper". Herald Sun. 26 October 2008.
- "AFL's last Fitzroy player calls it quits". 31 August 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
- "Aussies name line-up for Ireland clash".
- "Future Tense". Irish Independent. 28 October 2006. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
- "GAA to meet AFL over rules series". BBC News. 18 January 2006. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
- "Johnson to coach Indigenous All-Stars". 30 January 2009. Archived from the original on 10 October 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
- "Chris Johnson announced as 2011 AIS-AFL Academy Level One coach". 23 August 2011. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
- Chris Johnson's player profile at AFL Tables
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