John Parsons (footballer)

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John Parsons
Personal information
Full name John Stuart Parsons
Date of birth (1950-12-10) 10 December 1950 (age 66)
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1973 Cardiff City 15 (6)
1973–1975 Bournemouth 8 (1)
1975–1977 Newport County 60 (23)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Stuart Parsons (born 10 December 1950) is a Welsh former professional footballer.


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.


  • Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-462-0. 

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