Seth Johnson

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Seth Johnson
Personal information
Full name Seth Art Maurice Johnson
Date of birth (1979-03-12) 12 March 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1994–1996 Crewe Alexandra
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Crewe Alexandra 91 (6)
1999–2001 Derby County 73 (2)
2001–2005 Leeds United 54 (4)
2005–2007 Derby County 57 (4)
Total 275 (18)
National team
2000 England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Seth Art Maurice Johnson (born 12 March 1979) is an English retired footballer. He spent his career at Crewe Alexandra, Derby County and Leeds United, and played one international for England in 2000.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Johnson attended Westcliff Primary school and Dawlish comprehensive in Devon, and played for the local Dawlish youth side. He was spotted by Crewe Alexandra manager Dario Gradi on a pre-season tour of Devon. He moved to Cheshire, attended Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and began his career as a trainee with Crewe Alexandra, turning professional in 1996. A hard-working midfielder, Johnson's potential led Premier League team Derby County to offer £2.5 million for his signature in 1999.[2] The transfer went through, but Johnson's loyalty to Crewe meant he insisted on staying to help their relegation fight, delaying his move to Derby by two months.[3] In the end, Crewe avoided relegation by a single point.[3]

His continued progress led to a solitary appearance for England, against Italy in November 2000, and further interest in his services. Leeds United ultimately paid £7 million to acquire Johnson on 16 October 2001,[4] but a series of severe injury problems restricted him to just 54 league appearances in four years at Leeds. When Johnson returned to full fitness, Leeds decided not to play him to reduce their liability for transfer fees to Derby.[3] He stayed with the club after their relegation in 2004, and was eventually released in August 2005.

He returned to Derby County in 2005, where he successfully resurrected his career. He played his final game for the club on 28 May 2007 at Wembley Stadium, where he helped the club win the Championship Play-off Final and promotion to the Premier League. However, during the match, Johnson injured his knee, and was substituted with three minutes remaining.[5] He was released from his contract in June 2007, along with seven other players.[6]

The knee injury finished his career at the age of 28.[3]

Honours[edit]

with Crewe Alexandra
with Derby County

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seth Johnson". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "BBC News - FA Carling Premiership - Derby County: Goal hunt". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d Burnton, Simon (28 February 2012). "The forgotten story of ... Seth Johnson in an England shirt". Retrieved 10 April 2017 – via The Guardian. 
  4. ^ Ley, By John. "Johnson bound for Leeds as Derby accept £7m bid". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "BBC SPORT - Football - Championship - Derby 1-0 West Brom". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  6. ^ Experienced Pair Depart BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 February 2010.

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