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Rod Johnson

Position Centre forward
Born 08 Jan 1945, Leeds (England)
Height 175 cm
Weight 65 kg
International Caps England: ? Youth

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Leeds United 01 Mar 1962 01 Mar 1968 30 6 £5000
Doncaster Rovers 01 Mar 1968 01 Dec 1970 107 23  
Rotherham United 01 Dec 1970 01 Dec 1973 110 8 £9000
Bradford City 01 Dec 1973 01 Jun 1979 192 16  
Gainsborough Trinity 01 Jun 1979 01 Jun 1982      

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1962 - 1963 41 0  2  0  0 
1964 - 1965 93 11 1  0  0 
1965 - 1966 2(3)  0  21 0  0 
1966 - 1967 3  0  0  0  0 
1967 - 1968 0(1)  0  1(1)  0  0 
Total 18(4)4 11 6(1)1 0  0 

Jabba's Comments

A Leeds lad, Rod Johnson was another yet another talented player who couldn't quite make the breakthrough into the first team at a time when they were playing such great football. After just 30 games in 6 years, Johnson dropped down to the lower divisions where he enjoyed some success with 3 Yorkshire clubs. He had a brief spell in the NASL with Chicago Sting in the mid 1970s.

Darryl Johnson says: He's my cousin and just to fill in your England query. He played for England just once at Amateur level against Scotland aged 17 in 1962 at Peterborough. David Pleat, then of Nottingham Forest, played in the same team. I think the result was 4-2 to England but I'm not sure even though I was there. I was only 14 or so and more interested in the pies. You might be interested to know that Rod scored and was also stretchered off on his league debut at the age of 17. He was selected to replace the great John Charles who was injured. The match was at Swansea and Rod was clobbered by an aging ex-England goalie Reg Matthews as he scored. As a schoolboy he scored over 70 goals in his under 15s season with Cow Close School and Leeds City Boys and was a contemporary of Paul Reaney and Paul Madeley. He was an excellent ball player and goal-poacher of the Michael Owen variety, relatively short but well balanced and quick over a short distance. A combination of ill-timed injuries and temperament difficulties obstructed what could have been a more distinguished career. But then I am biased.

Brett Norman says: he is currently helping Ray Norman (Manager of Emley Academy) with Coaching the strikers

Darryl Johnson says: Correction: Apparently I've slandered Mr Matthews who wasn't keeping goal in the match at Swansea. Rod was flattened by a goalie call Dwyer and sometime after he scored his debut goal. Sorry Reg. Funny how the memory plays these tricks. Still, it was 41 years ago!


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