Cliff Johnson (footballer)

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Cliff Johnson
Personal information
Full name Clifford Johnson[1]
Date of birth (1914-02-24)24 February 1914
Place of birth Hessle, England
Date of death 22 July 1989(1989-07-22) (aged 75)
Place of death Hessle, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1935 York City 4 (2)
1935 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 (0)
1935–1936 Port Vale 5 (0)
1936–1937 Torquay United 8 (1)
Total 17 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Clifford Johnson (24 February 1914 – 22 July 1989) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for York City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Port Vale and Torquay United.

Career[edit]

Born in Hessle, East Riding of Yorkshire, Johnson worked as a gardener before being invited to play for played for York City's Yorkshire League team, before being signed by the club as an amateur on 21 February 1935.[2] He made his first team debut two days later, scoring two goals in a 7–3 victory over Crewe Alexandra in the Third Division North, becoming the first player to score two goals for York on their debut.[2] His performance in this match resulted in Newcastle United and Middlesbrough asking about his availability, so York persuaded him to turn professional.[2] He featured for York in four games before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers in March 1935,[2] although he was unable to make a Football League appearance for the club.[1]

He joined Port Vale in October 1935 and he made a "brilliant" debut in a 3–2 home win over Bradford Park Avenue on 2 November 1935, but was forced to undergo a cartilage operation after injuring his knee in the next match.[3] He recovered by January 1936, but after making three FA Cup appearances in that month and three league appearances in April that year he was transferred to Torquay United in June 1936.[3] He made eight league appearances and scored one goal for Torquay during the 1936–37 season.[1] He died in Hessle on 22 July 1989, at the age of 75.[2]

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Cliff Johnson profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
York City 1934–35 Third Division North 4 2 0 0 0 0 4 2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1934–35 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Port Vale 1935–36 Second Division 5 0 3 0 0 0 8 0
Torquay United 1936–37 Third Division South 8 1 0 0 1 0 9 1
Total 17 3 3 0 1 0 21 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 - 1939. Tony Brown. p. 139. ISBN 1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Jarred, Martin; Windross, Dave (1997). "Football League Players". Citizens and Minstermen, A Who's Who of York City FC 1922-1997. Citizen Publications. p. 54. ISBN 0-9531005-0-2. 
  3. ^ a b Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 153. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0.