John Johnson (footballer)

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John Johnson
Johnson for Northampton Town.
Johnson warming up for Northampton Town in 2013
Personal information
Full name John James Johnson[1]
Date of birth (1988-09-16) 16 September 1988 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Middlesbrough, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Bengaluru FC
Number 6
Youth career
2005–2008 Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Middlesbrough 1 (0)
2008 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 4 (0)
2009–2010 Northampton Town (loan) 36 (5)
2010–2013 Northampton Town 103 (8)
2013– Bengaluru FC 30 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:06, 20 February 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

John James Johnson (born 16 September 1988) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Indian club Bengaluru FC. A graduate of the Middlesbrough youth academy he made his debut for the club against Chelsea. A lack of first team opportunities saw him being loaned to Tranmere Rovers, before being loaned to Northampton Town.

After playing for a season on loan, Northampton signed Johnson on a permanent basis. He was also given club captainship but was replaced in the role after the arrival of Clarke Carlisle. In the 2012–13 season, his appearances for the club were hindered due to a cartilage injury. Johnson then signed for debutant Bengaluru FC in the I-League in India, managed by his former Northampton Town teammate Ashley Westwood. Johnson, along with Kenyan Curtis Osano, became the first foreigners to play for the club.

Career[edit]

Middlesbrough[edit]

Johnson made 1 appearance for Middlesbrough
Johnson playing for Middlesbrough in 2008

Born in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, Johnson is a product of the Middlesbrough academy which he joined in 2005.[1][2] He signed a professional contract with Middlesbrough on 15 May 2008 and made his first team debut (and only appearance for the club) on 18 October 2008 in a 5–0 home defeat to Chelsea in the Premier League, coming on as a substitute for Jonathan Grounds in the 54th minute.[1][3][4] In November 2008, he made a loan move to League One side Tranmere Rovers until the end of the year.[5] He made his debut in a 2–1 victory against Leeds United the following week,[6] but scored an own goal in Tranmere's Football League Trophy northern area semi-final against Scunthorpe United, which gave Scunthorpe a 2–1 victory.[7] He played five games, four in the league, during his loan spell with Tranmere.[8]

Northampton Town[edit]

Johnson joined League Two club Northampton Town on a one-month loan in September 2009.[9] He made his debut for the club in a 3–0 loss against Shrewsbury Town and on 3 October 2009, scored the first goal of his professional career, in a 2–2 draw against Bradford City.[10] Having played four games, Johnson said he hoped to help the club back to winning ways.[11] On 22 October 2009, he extended his stay at Northampton until the new year,[12] and scored his first goal on 24 October 2009 in a 4–2 win over Morecambe.[13] The loan was extended until the end of the season in December.[14]

Northampton signed Johnson on a two-year contract in July 2010 following the successful loan spell.[15] After signing for the club on a permanent basis, Johnson's first match was the opening game of the season, in a 3–0 loss against Torquay United. Two months later, he received a straight red card after fouling Simon Clist and lost his appeal, resulting in a one-match ban, missing a 3–1 loss against Oxford United.[16] A week after his suspension, he scored his first goal as a permanent Northampton player in a 2–0 win over Lincoln City. In his first season at Northampton (as a permanent player), he made 41 appearances and scored seven goals.[17]

Johnson was appointed as captain ahead of the 2011–12 season[18] having previously captained the club in a friendly match against Nottingham Forest,[19] but was stripped of the post following the arrival of Clarke Carlisle.[20] Johnson retained his first team place, making 48 appearances and scoring twice in two consecutive games against Morecambe and Southend.[21] During a 3–2 loss against Burton Albion on 26 December 2011, Johnson received a straight red card in the 18th minute, for fouling John McGrath. After the match, the club announced it would appeal against his sending-off.[22] The club won the appeal after The Football Association overturned the decision, therefore making him available to play.[23]

As his contract was due to expire in the summer, Johnson signed a one-year extension with Northampton keeping him at the club until 2013 on 16 May 2012.[24] After signing, manager Aidy Boothroyd said he expected Johnson to realise his full potential in the coming season.[25] However, Johnson suffered a cartilage injury in October 2012 that ruled him out for four to six weeks.[26] He made a return in a 1–1 draw against York City,[27] but his return was short-lived when he came off at half-time and was out until January after undergoing knee surgery.[28] After making his return on 19 January 2013 against AFC Wimbledon in a 1–1 draw, Boothroyd said Johnson made the team tougher and more aggressive.[29] Later in the 2012–13 season, Johnson regained his first team place and the club finished in sixth place, qualifying for the promotion play-offs. Johnson described the team as "the strongest" he had played in.[30] Johnson was an unused substitute in the play-offs as Northampton Town lost 3–0 on aggregate against Bradford City.[31] He was released by Northampton at the end of the season.[32]

Bengaluru FC[edit]

On 16 July 2013, Johnson signed for Bengaluru FC of the Indian I-League, and with Curtis Osano, became the first foreigners in the team's history.[33] Johnson made his debut for the side in their first ever I-League match on 22 September 2013 against Mohun Bagan in which he played the full match which ended 1–1.[34] He scored his first goal for the club in the next match against Rangdajied United F.C. to give Bengaluru the lead in a match they won 3–0.[35] He scored his second goal in as many matches on 6 October 2013 against United S.C. which gave Bengaluru a 1–0 victory.[36] Johnson again found the net in the next match against Mohammedan S.C. on 10 October 2013 in which he scored in the 12th minute as Bengaluru won 2–1.[37] In the Federation Cup, Johnson played three full matches against Sporting Goa,[38] Rangdajied United[39] and East Bengal.[40] However, Bengaluru could not proceed beyond the group stage.[41] After defeating Dempo on 20 April 2014, the club won the I-League on its debut season.[42] He was also awarded the Best Defender of 2013–14 I-League award.[43]

Johnson kicked off the 2015 season by winning the Federation Cup defeating Dempo 2–1 in the final.[44] He played in the club's 2–1 defeat against Malayasian club Johor Darul Ta'zim in the preliminery round of 2015 AFC Champions League.[45] He received a yellow card in the 67th minute.[46]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played on 24 February 2015.
Club Season League Cup[a] Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Middlesbrough 2008–09[47] Premier League 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 1 0
Tranmere Rovers (loan) 2008–09[47] League One 4 0 0 0 1[b] 0 5 0
Total 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Northampton Town (loan) 2009–10[48] League Two 36 5 1 0 37 5
Northampton Town 2010–11[17] League Two 38 6 3 1 41 7
2011–12[21] League Two 45 2 3 0 48 2
2012–13[49] League Two 20 0 2 0 2[c] 0 24 0
Total 139 13 9 1 2 0 150 14
Bengaluru FC 2013–14[50] I-League 23 3 3 0 26 3
2014–15[51] I-League 7 0 2[d] 0 9 0
Total 30 3 3 0 2 0 35 3
Career total 174 16 12 1 5 0 191 17
  1. ^ Appearances in the FA Cup, Football League Cup and Federation Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  3. ^ Appearances in Football League play-offs
  4. ^ Appearance in AFC Champions League and AFC Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Bengaluru FC

Individual[edit]

Style of play[edit]

Though Johnson mainly plays as a centre-back or as a right back, but journalist Arunava Chaudhuri said the he is "equally comfortable in defensive midfield."[52] After playing in India, sports website The Hard Tackle described Johnson as "one of the best footballing imports to the country".[53] The website also praised his height as it is "influential in defence as it is from both attacking and defensive set-pieces."[54] He was recognised by BBC as "consistent, a firm fans' favourite and a brave, no nonsense defender."[55]

References[edit]

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