John Parsons (footballer)
|Full name||John Stuart Parsons|
|Date of birth||10 December 1950|
|Place of birth||Cardiff, Wales|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Parsons was born in Cardiff, and began his career at his hometown club Cardiff City, turning professional in 1968. However he had to wait until February 1971 to make his debut for the club when he scored twice in consecutive substitute appearances against Oxford United and Sunderland and was handed his first start soon after. Despite being a prolific scorer in the reserve team, Parsons never managed to hold down a regular place in the first team due to the wealth of striking talent in the likes of Brian Clark, John Toshack and Alan Warboys and, in February 1973, left to join Bournemouth. His time at Bournemouth was severely hampered by injuries and he had made just 8 league appearances when he returned to Wales to sign for Newport County in March 1975. His spell at Newport was his most successful spell in The Football League, spending two seasons as a regular in the side before moving into non-league football.