Ezekiel Johnston

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Ezekiel Johnston
Personal information
Full name Ezekiel Johnston[1]
Date of birth 1871
Place of birth Belfast, Ireland[1]
Date of death 1942 (aged 71)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Glentoran
1893–1895 Burnley 9 (0)
1895–1896 Belfast Celtic
1896–1898 Stoke 38 (0)
Total 47 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ezekiel "Zeke" Johnston (1871 – 1942) was an Irish footballer who played in the Football League for Burnley and Stoke.[1]

Career[edit]

Johnston was born in Belfast and played for Glentoran before joining English league side Burnley in 1893. He spent two seasons at Turf Moor failing to displace Jack Hillman as first choice 'keeper and returned to Irish football with Belfast Celtic. However, he was given a chance again in English football with Stoke in 1896.[1] He played 16 times in 1896–97 and 25 times in 1897–98 and was released once Stoke re-signed George Clawley. In October 1902 he saved three men from drowning at sea after diving in and pulling them to safety.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Source:[2]

Club Season League FA Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Burnley 1893–94 First Division 1 0 0 0 1 0
1894–95 First Division 8 0 1 0 9 0
Stoke 1896–97 First Division 16 0 2 0 18 0
1897–98 First Division 22 0 3 0 25 0
Career Total 47 0 6 0 53 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ Ezekiel Johnston profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)