Sam Johnstone

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Sam Johnstone
Sam Johnstone.jpg
Johnstone playing for the England U19s in 2012
Personal information
Full name Samuel Luke Johnstone[1]
Date of birth (1993-03-25) 25 March 1993 (age 23)
Place of birth Preston, England
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Manchester United
Number 32
Youth career
2009–2011 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011– Manchester United 0 (0)
2011 Oldham Athletic (loan) 0 (0)
2011–2012 Scunthorpe United (loan) 12 (0)
2013 Walsall (loan) 7 (0)
2013 Yeovil Town (loan) 1 (0)
2014 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 18 (0)
2014–2015 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 10 (0)
2015 Preston North End (loan) 22 (0)
2015– 2016 Preston North End (loan) 4 (0)
National team
2008 England U16 1 (0)
2009–2010 England U17 14 (0)
2010–2012 England U19 13 (0)
2013 England U20 4 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:50, 3 January 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:50, 29 June 2013 (UTC)

Samuel Luke "Sam" Johnstone (born 25 March 1993) is an English footballer who plays as goalkeeper for English club Manchester United. Prior to breaking into the Manchester United first team, he spent time on loan with Scunthorpe United, Walsall, Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers and Preston North End. He is also an England youth international, having won caps at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-20 level. He is the son of Glenn Johnstone, a former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Preston North End in the early 1990s.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Johnstone joined Manchester United at academy level; in the 2010–11 season, he was number one keeper in the academy, where he shared the duties the previous season.

Oldham Athletic (loan)[edit]

On 26 July 2011, Johnstone joined League One side Oldham Athletic on loan, as both of their first-choice goalkeepers were sidelined by injury.[3] He made two appearances, both in pre-season friendlies; a 0–0 home draw with Burnley and a 1–0 away victory against Fleetwood Town, before returning to his parent club.

Scunthorpe United (loan)[edit]

On 9 September 2011, Johnstone joined League One side Scunthorpe United on a one-month loan after their first-choice keeper Josh Lillis suffered a long-term injury.[4] the following day he made his debut at the Glanford Park in a 1–1 draw to Sheffield United.[5] On 19 October 2011, Johnstone dislocated his finger during a training session, forcing Scunthorpe United to search for an emergency goalkeeper once again.[6] On 10 November 2011, Scunthorpe extended the loan until 9 December 2011,[7] which was then extended to 10 January 2012.[8]

Walsall (loan)[edit]

On 20 March 2013, Manchester United agreed for Johnstone to spend the rest of the season on loan to Walsall.[9] Johnstone kept consecutive clean sheets in his first few games and was first-choice goalkeeper during his loan-spell.

Yeovil Town (loan)[edit]

On 17 August 2013, Johnstone was loaned to Yeovil Town for a period of three months.[10] He made his debut on the same day in a 2–0 loss to Burnley,[11] but it was later confirmed that Johnstone had suffered a finger injury prior to his debut and returned to Manchester United for treatment.[12]

Doncaster Rovers (loan)[edit]

On 31 January 2014, Johnstone was loaned to Doncaster Rovers for four weeks.[13] With the first-choice keeper Ross Turnbull injured, Johnstone made his debut the following day at the Keepmoat against Middlesbrough.[14] On 4 April 2014, Johnstone agreed a loan extension until the end of the 2013–14 season.[15] On 27 October 2014, Johnstone again joined Doncaster Rovers on loan, initially until January 2015.[16]

Preston North End (loan)[edit]

On 12 January 2015, Johnstone joined his home-town club Preston North End on loan until the end of the 2014–15 season.[17] On 25 May 2015, Johnstone kept a clean sheet in the League One play-off Final as Preston won promotion to the Championship with a 4–0 win over Swindon Town at Wembley Stadium.[18]

Return to Manchester United[edit]

On Manchester United's pre-season tour of the United States in July 2015, Johnstone played as second-choice keeper ahead of Anders Lindegaard, covering for David de Gea while the Spaniard recovered from a knock. He started in the victories over Club América and San Jose Earthquakes (playing the entire game) and came on as a second-half substitute against Barcelona in a 3–1 victory.

After rumours of de Gea's transfer saga to Real Madrid caused the Spaniard to be dropped from the Manchester United squad, Johnstone was named on the bench behind Sergio Romero for the first game of the season against Tottenham Hotspur.[19] After de Gea returned to the United first team, following the collapse of his move, Johnstone failed to make the bench again in 2015.

Return to Preston North End[edit]

On the 31 December 2015, he re-signed for Preston on an initial 28-day loan, after Sunderland recalled Jordan Pickford on the same day.[20] He made his first appearance of his second stint at Preston in the 2-1 win over Rotherham United at Deepdale.

International career[edit]

Johnstone made his debut for the England under-19 team against Slovakia under-19s in September 2010.[21] He also was part of the victorious England squad at the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship.

On 28 May 2013, he was named in manager Peter Taylor's 21-man squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[22] He made his debut on 16 June, in a 3–0 win in a warm-up game against Uruguay.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Johnstone's father is Glenn Johnstone, a former professional footballer who played in The Football League for Preston North End in the early 1990s, in between spells with Lancaster City and Morecambe.[24][25]


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  2. ^ "Player Profile: Sam Johnstone". Premier League. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sam's the man for Latics". Oldham Athletic AFC. 26 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Iron sign Man Utd keeper". Sky Sports (BSkyB). 9 September 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Scunthorpe 1–1 Sheffield Utd". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 10 September 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Scunthorpe United suffer injury blow to Sam Johnstone". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 19 October 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Johnstone deal extended". Manchester United. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Marshall, Adam (12 December 2011). "Loan watch: Sam deal". Manchester United. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  9. ^ Marshall, Adam (20 March 2013). "Johnstone loaned to Walsall". Manchester United. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  10. ^ Marshall, Adam (17 August 2013). "Johnstone joins Yeovil on loan". Manchester United. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Burnley 2–0 Yeovil". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 17 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Yeovil Town resume hunt for keeper after Manchester United youngster's injury". Western Gazette. Local World. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Sam Johnstone for Rovers". Doncaster Rovers FC. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "Doncaster Rovers v Middlesbrough". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Johnstone Loan Extension 'agreed'". Doncaster Rovers FC. 4 April 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  16. ^ Marshall, Adam (27 October 2014). "Johnstone joins Doncaster on loan". Manchester United. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "Manchester United: Preston sign keeper Sam Johnstone on loan". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 12 January 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  18. ^ Middleton, Nathan (24 May 2015). "Preston 4-0 Swindon". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  19. ^ Magowan, Alistair (8 August 2015). "Man Utd 1-0 Tottenham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  20. ^ "Sam Johnstone: Man Utd keeper returns to Preston on loan". 
  21. ^ "Samuel Johnstone". The Football Association. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  22. ^ "Final squad named". The Football Association. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  23. ^ "Training win for Three Lions". The Football Association. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  24. ^ Marshall, Adam (12 January 2015). "Johnstone signs for Preston on loan". Manchester United. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  25. ^ "PRESTON NORTH END : 1946/47 - 2013/14". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 

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