David JOHNSON

David Johnson - England - Biography 1975-80

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 20 May 1980

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    • POSITION
      Forward
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Tuesday, 23 October 1951
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Liverpool, England.
  • INTERNATIONAL
  • England
  • CLUBS
  • Everton FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1968-1973, 1982-1984
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 9th January 1971 in a 2-2 draw at Burnley (Aged: 19)
    • Club Career
      (During two spells)
      79 League apps (+10 as sub), 15 goals
  • Ipswich Town FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1972-1976
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 28th October 1972 in a 2-2 draw at Everton (Aged: 21)
    • Club Career
      (Nov 1972-Aug 1976)
      134 League apps (+3 as sub), 35 goals
  • Liverpool FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1976-1982
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 21st August 1976 in a 1-0 win at home to Norwich City (Aged: 24)
    • Club Career
      128 League apps (+20 as sub), 55 goals
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David JOHNSON - England - Biography 1975-80

One of the few players to score more than one goal on his England debut, Ipswich Town striker David Johnson certainly gave Don Revie food for thought when he netted a brace in a 2-2 draw with Wales during the 1975 Home International tournament, though the leaky defence, which contained more experimental personnel, gave him more immediate post-match ponderings. Johnson scored against Scotland in the next game too, as England trounced the auld enemy 5-1, and played his part without scoring in a friendly win over Switzerland three months later. With Mick Channon then hitting some rich scoring form, and Malcolm Macdonald still basking on his five-goal show earlier in the year, it seemed England were suddenly blessed with bulky, target-man finishers for Revie to chop and change as he saw fit. But this was the Revie world, and players were somehow deemed dispensible even after a scintillating burst of form for England, and Johnson suffered from this with many others. He didn't get a sniff again for five years, by which time he'd moved to Liverpool, scored freely and won the highest domestic and European honours. His most famous England showing came on a balmy May evening at Wembley when he scored two cracking opportunist goals against Argentina in a friendly which gave English eyes their first sight of a baby faced Diego Maradona, and he followed it up with a well-taken goal against Northern Ireland in the Home Internationals. Though a late contender to the scene, his knack of scoring the right goals at the right time was not lost on Ron Greenwood, who put Johnson in his squad for the 1980 European Championships in Italy. Johnson started the first game, a 1-1 draw with Belgium, but fellow big men Garry Birtles and Paul Mariner were used subsequently and England's own collective disappointment at their early elimination was felt doubly by Johnson, who wasn't called up again. Six goals in eight games remains an extremely impressive record, even allowing for the small number of games involved. (Matthew Rudd)