Paul Johnson (footballer, born 1992)

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Paul Johnson
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-04-05) 5 April 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Sunderland, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Central defender
Youth career
2004–2010 Hartlepool United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Hartlepool United 1 (0)
2010 Garforth Town (loan) ? (?)
2011–2012 Workington (loan) 12 (1)
2012 Darlington (loan) 9 (0)
2013 Workington (loan) 17 (0)
2013–2014 Celtic Nation
2014– Spennymoor Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:10, 17 November 2014 (UTC).

Paul Johnson (born 5 April 1992) is an English former professional footballer who plays for Spennymoor Town as a central defender.

Career[edit]

Hartlepool United[edit]

Born in Sunderland,[2] Johnson joined Hartlepool United at the age of 12.[3] He turned professional in 2010,[4] making his senior debut in April 2011.[5]

In May 2011 he signed a new contract with the club.[6] And next season, he had a successful three-month loan spell at Conference North side Workington where he received praise from the Reds' manager Darren Edmondson with him saying ""Paul has been fantastic for us, he's grown as a player and learned more about the game than playing meaningless Reserve games. It's been a pleasure to aid his development. He returns to Hartlepool an improved footballer and shows what effect the non league can have on the development of young talent."[7]

He was an unused substitute in a 2-1 win away at Bury[8] shortly before he was loaned to local rivals Darlington for the rest of the season.[9] He made his debut a day later as he played the full match in a 0–2 league defeat to Ebbsfleet United.[10]

He rejoined Workington on loan in February 2013,[11] making 17 appearances for the club.[12]

Johnson was released by Hartlepool at the end of the 2012–13 season.[13]

Non-league[edit]

After his release from Hartlepool, it was reported that Workington boss Darren Edmondson tried to get Johnson to join Workington permanently but hit a stumbling block due to wages.[14] Johnson joined Carlisle-based Northern League side Celtic Nation in June, on a one-year deal, where he was reunited with Mick Wadsworth who was Johnson's coach at Hartlepool United.[15]

Paul left Celtic Nation to join Spennymoor Town in the summer of 2014.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 474. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  2. ^ In The Mad Crowd profile
  3. ^ Hartlepool F.C. official profile
  4. ^ "Calum Martin latest youngster to sign Hartlepool deal". BBC Sport. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Paul Johnson at Soccerbase
  6. ^ "Ten players shown door by Hartlepool United". BBC Sport. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Johnson Praised As Reds Loan Ends
  8. ^ Bury 1-2 Hartlepool United Match Report
  9. ^ Johnson Joins Darlington On Loan
  10. ^ "Johnson makes Darlington debut". The Northern Echo. 17 March 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Johnson Agrees Workington Loan Move". Hartlepool United. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  12. ^ Paul Johnson at Soccerway
  13. ^ "Hartlepool United release six first-team players". BBC Sport. 7 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Ex-Workington Reds loan star Paul Johnson agrees Celtic Nation switch". News & Star. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Ex-Hartlepool utd player Evan Horwood set to join Tranmere Rovers". Hartlepool Mail. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Mass Exodus From Celtic Nation". Pitchero Non League. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2014.