Andy Johnson (Welsh footballer)

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Andy Johnson
Personal information
Full name Andrew James Johnson
Date of birth (1974-05-02) 2 May 1974 (age 44)
Place of birth Bristol, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
King's Lynn
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1997 Norwich City 66 (14)
1997–2001 Nottingham Forest 119 (9)
2001–2006 West Bromwich Albion 131 (7)
2006–2007 Leicester City 22 (1)
2007–2009 Barnsley 4 (0)
2009–? King's Lynn ? (?)
Total 342+ (31)
National team
1998–2004 Wales 15 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:53, 9 February 2008 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:50, 23 March 2007 (UTC)

Andrew James "Andy" Johnson (born 2 May 1974) is an English born Welsh international football midfielder who last played for King's Lynn.


He began his career at Norwich City, before joining Nottingham Forest in 1997 for £2.2m. Having made over one hundred appearances in Forest's squad, he moved on to West Bromwich Albion for £200,000 due to his contract expiring at the end of the season.

He made his Albion debut as a first-half substitute in a 1–0 defeat to Wimbledon on 22 September 2001. His first goal for the club was scored in a 3–2 defeat away at Barnsley on 28 October of the same year. His appearances for WBA ensured that they achieved the second promotion spot in the division and thus moved up to the Premier League. Johnson made his 100th league appearance for West Bromwich Albion during the 2003–04 league season, during which he also helped Albion to a second promotion in three years. He made several appearances for his chosen country, Wales, but failed to score a goal at international level.

After becoming a fans favourite at The Hawthorns, Johnson joined Leicester City in June 2006.[1] He was heavily criticised for his performances by the City fans, especially in the 2–1 away defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on 4 November 2006. Following that performance, Johnson had a spell on the sidelines through injury, but then made a comeback and was the man of the match against Luton Town on 3 February 2007, and scored his first and only Leicester goal against Coventry City on 17 February 2007.[2]

On 25 April 2007 it was announced that having not featured under manager Nigel Worthington Leicester had begun talks to terminate Johnson's contract early,[3] and he was eventually released in May 2007. Johnson was signed by Barnsley on 8 June 2007.[4]

Johnson started four Championship games for Barnsley in 2007, but lost his holding midfield position to the on-loan Brazilian Anderson De Silva, occasionally being named as a substitute. Barnsley manager Simon Davey placed Johnson on the transfer list in January 2008 and released the player from his contract twelve months later.[5] Johnson joined non-league King's Lynn shortly afterwards.

Johnson was last known to be playing for Star F.C. of the Bromsgrove and District Football League.

International career

Before playing for Wales, he was a member of England youth team. Johnson was an unused member of England U-20 team at 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship.[6]


  1. "AJ joins Foxes". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 23 June 2006. Retrieved 31 August 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Leicester 3–0 Coventry". BBC. 17 February 2007. Retrieved 17 February 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Foxes Cut Johnson Loose
  4. "Barnsley complete double signing". BBC Sport. 8 June 2007. Archived from the original on 11 June 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Johnson leaves Tykes". Retrieved 19 January 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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