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Craig Johnston
Personal information
Full name Craig Peter Johnston
Date of birth June 25, 1960 (1960-06-25) (age 47)
Place of birth    Johannesburg, South Africa
Playing position Striker, midfielder
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1977-1981
1978
1981-1988
1982
Middlesbrough
Newcastle KB United
Liverpool
Newcastle KB United
64 (16)
9 (?)
190 (30)
4 (?)   
National team2
1981
1988
England Under-21
Flag of England England
2 (0)
0 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 22 June 2007.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 22 June 2007.
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Craig Johnston (born June 25, 1960 in Johannesburg, South Africa) is a former football (soccer) player who became arguably the first Australian to make a major impact in the English game. is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the city in South Africa. ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...

Contents

Childhood

Despite his South African place of birth, Johnston was born to Australian parents and grew up there with a father who himself had tried to make a living from the game in England but failed. For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


Johnston overcame an appalling bout of osteomyelitis in his childhood (doctors had suggested an amputation of his leg but his mother refused) and as he grew up found he could play football to a good standard learning his trade at Lake Macquarie and Sydney City. At the age of 15 he wrote off to a long list of English clubs asking for a trial. Osteomyelitis is an infection of bone, usually caused by pyogenic bacteria or mycobacteria. ... Childhood (song) Childhood is a broad term usually applied to the phase of development in humans between infancy and adulthood. ... Partial hand amputation Amputation is the removal of a body extremity by trauma or surgery. ... Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Lake Macquarie is the name of a Local Government Area (the City of Lake Macquarie) and a lake, both located in NSW, Australia, approximately 150km north of Sydney, Australia, and 20km south of Newcastle. ... Alan Farley(L) tries to grab the ball during Hakoahs 6-1 championship victory over Adelaide in 1977 Sydney City Soccer Club is a defunct football (soccer) club from Sydney, Australia. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


Only one replied and invited him over, so Johnston's parents lived their son's dream and sold their house to fund his ticket to Teesside where he would train and play with Middlesbrough, managed by Jack Charlton. Arms of the County Borough of Teesside Teesside is the name given to the conurbation in northern England based on Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees and Redcar, along the banks of the River Tees with a resident population of over 388,000 in 2005. ... Middlesbrough Football Club (commonly known as Boro) are an English football club based in Middlesbrough. ... John Jack Charlton, OBE, DL (born Ashington, Northumberland, May 8, 1935) was a footballer who played for Leeds United in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and who won the World Cup with England. ...


Career highlights

He was offered a youth contract after the trial proved successful and then made his first-team debut against Everton while still a teenager, his league debut came on the 4 February 1978 in a 2-1 victory over Birmingham City at St Andrews, his first goal also came in '78 in the 2-1 league defeat to West Ham United at Ayresome Park. On the 3 April 1981, aged 20, Johnston was bought by Liverpool manager Bob Paisley for £650,000, he had played just 64 league games for Middlesbrough, scoring 16 goals in a four-season period. Everton Football Club is an English football club located in the city of Liverpool. ... is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Birmingham City Football Club are an English professional football club based in the city of Birmingham. ... St. ... West Ham United Football Club is an English football club based in West Ham, London Borough of Newham, East London, and have played their home matches at the 35,146 capacity Boleyn Ground stadium since 1904. ... Ayresome Park was a football stadium in the United Kingdom, and was the home of Middlesbrough F.C. from its construction in time for the 1903/1904 season, until the Riverside Stadium opened in 1995. ... is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Liverpool Football Club are an English professional football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside, who play in the Premier League; they are historically the most successful club in the history of English football, having won more trophies than any other English club. ... Robert Bob Paisley OBE (23 January 1919 — 14 February 1996) was an English football player who became best known for being one of the most successful managers in English football history whilst managing his only team Liverpool Football Club in the 1970s and 1980s. ... The symbol £ represents the pound currency which Britain uses. ...


Craig made his debut on the 29 August 1981 coming on as a 72nd minute sub for Ray Kennedy in the 1-0 league defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux; also making their debuts were Mark Lawrenson and Bruce Grobbelaar. Johnston's first start came in the prestigious World Club Championship fixture against Brazilian side Flamengo, Flamengo, who included Zico amongst their ranks, took advantage of the hot and humid conditions beating Liverpool 3-0 at the National Stadium Tokyo, Japan. Ray Kennedy (born Northumberland, England, 28 July 1951) was a top footballer of the 1970s who won every domestic honour in the game with Arsenal and Liverpool. ... Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. are an English football club playing at Molineux Stadium. ... Molineux, home of Wolverhampton Wanderers Molineux stadium is the home ground of Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., who are currently members of the Football League Championship. ... Mark Thomas Lawrenson (born Preston, Lancashire, June 2, 1957) was a defender in the Liverpool and Irish football teams of the 1980s; he later became a prominent radio and television pundit for the BBC. // Mark Lawrenson began his career, as a 17 year-old, with his hometown club, Preston North... Bruce David Grobbelaar (born October 6, 1957 in Durban, South Africa) was a football goalkeeper for Zimbabwe and a number of clubs, most notably Liverpool F.C. during their dominant 1980s period. ... 1980-2004 Logo The European/South American Cup, commonly referred to as the Intercontinental Cup or Toyota Cup, was a football competition endorsed by UEFA and CONMEBOL, contested between the winners of the European Champions League and the South American Copa Libertadores in a match played each year, from 1980... Clube de Regatas do Flamengo is a Brazilian multisport club from Rio de Janeiro. ... Arthur Antunes Coimbra (born in March 3, 1953), better known as Zico , is a former Brazilian footballer and coach. ... A national stadium is a stadium that typically serves as the primary or exclusive home for one or more of a countrys national representative sports teams. ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ...


His score his first goal for Liverpool on 8 December 1981 at Anfield against Arsenal during a League Cup 4th round replay, Johnston, again a 72nd minute sub, opened the scoring in the 5th minute of extra time as the Reds went on to finish off the Gunners by a 3-0 scoreline This article is about the football stadium. ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in Holloway, north London. ... The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... Gunner refers to a rank in the Royal Artillery, or can refer to anyone whose main job is to operate a gun. ...


Though Johnston, known as Skippy, was a crowd favourite at Anfield during his long spell with the club, he was never a regular in the side, with his versatility in midfield and as a striker counting against him. His managers - Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish - often kept him in reserve owing to the specialists in those positions available to them. Robert Bob Paisley OBE (23 January 1919 — 14 February 1996) was an English football player who became best known for being one of the most successful managers in English football history whilst managing his only team Liverpool Football Club in the 1970s and 1980s. ... Joe Fagan was an English football manager best known for being manager of Liverpool from 1983 to 1985. ... Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish MBE (born 4 March 1951 in Dalmarnock, Glasgow) is a former Scottish international football player. ...


That said, Johnston settled down on Merseyside and won the League championship in 1982 (though missed out on the League Cup success the same year) and then played in the side which retained both of those trophies the next year. Merseyside is a metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 1,365,900. ... From 1889 until 1992, this was the highest division overall of organized football in England. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 1984, he was part of the team which won a treble of League championship, League Cup and European Cup; two years later he was an integral part of the side which won only the third League championship and FA Cup "double" of the 20th century. This article is about the year. ... European Cup redirects here. ... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... The Double is a term in football, which refers to winning a countrys top division and its main cup competition in the same season. ...


In the FA Cup final at Wembley, Liverpool were trailing 1-0 at half time to Everton but came back to win 3-1. Ian Rush scored the first goal though Johnston tried to steal it, sliding in to touch the ball as it crossed the goal line. However, just six minutes later, Johnston had a goal to call his own as he tapped home a cross from Jan Mølby. Rush then sealed the win with a late third. For the old stadium, see Wembley Stadium (1923). ... Ian James Rush MBE (born 20 October 1961) is a Welsh footballer who played as a striker and is best known for playing with Liverpool. ... Jan Mølby (born July 4, 1963 in Kolding) is a former Danish professional football player who spent much of his career at Liverpool, even acquiring something of a Scouse accent in the process. ...


Johnston continued to flit in and out of the team over the next two years, and became a cult figure at Anfield[citation needed], with his flowing, corkscrew locks and flamboyant dress sense. In 1988, he was a frequent substitute and occasional starter as Liverpool coasted to the League title and reached the FA Cup final, aiming to complete a second "double". Johnston, ever the man for keeping an eye on fads, wrote the club's traditional Cup final song called Anfield Rap which combined pro-Liverpool lyrics with the rap and house trends of the time. The other Liverpool players took part graciously in both song and video - indeed, John Barnes proved so proficient at rapping that he got a similar role in "World in Motion", the England song for the World Cup two years later. The record got to No.3 in the UK charts. For other uses, see Corkscrew (disambiguation). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... John Barnes (born November 7, 1963) is a Jamaican-born English football player. ... This article is about the New Order single. ... First international  Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Biggest win  Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Biggest defeat  Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... The 1990 Football World Cup was held in Italy. ...


Johnston never played international football for either South Africa or Australia, perhaps surprisingly for the latter, but did represent England at under-21 and 'B' team level. He was, however, as surprised as he was delighted when he got a call-up for the full England squad in 1988. For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


He qualified for England through his British passport and long-time residency. However, he never got into the team and ended up with no full international caps at all. For Microsoft Corporation’s “universal login” service, formerly known as Microsoft Passport Network, see Windows Live ID. For other types of travel document, see Travel document. ...


At the age of 17 he memorably described playing football for Australia as "Like surfing for England." For other uses, see Surfing (disambiguation). ...


Retirement

After 270 appearances and 40 goals and just days before the 1988 FA Cup final at Wembley against Wimbledon, Johnston incurred his manager's wrath when he announced his premature retirement from Liverpool. Dalglish was livid but later relented and gave his blessing to Johnston when he found out the reason for the player's decision. This article is about the English FA Cup. ... Wembley, until 1965 a borough in its own right, forms the northern part of the London Borough of Brent. ... Wimbledon F.C. crest This article refers to the original club from London which existed until 2003. ... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ...


Earlier that year Johnston's sister became seriously ill and was admitted to a hospital in Morocco. By the end of the season, it was clear she needed round the clock attention back home in Australia and Johnston wished to provide that care. He came on for his 271st appearance as a substitute for John Aldridge in the final (who had just seen his penalty saved with Liverpool a goal down) but ended up on the losing side. He never wore a Liverpool shirt again. Round The Clock is an English internet radio service from China Radio International. ... See also John Aldridge (Royal Academician) John William Aldridge (born Liverpool, 18 September 1958). ...


When the Hillsborough disaster occurred in 1989, a year after Johnston's departure, he raised a fortune in Australia for the fund and also flew back to England to attend funerals and memorial services. He later dedicated his autobiography, titled Walk Alone, to the victims of the Heysel and Hillsborough disasters. The Memorial at Hillsborough. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ... The Heysel Stadium disaster occurred due to football hooliganism in which a retaining wall of the Heysel Stadium in Brussels collapsed on May 29, 1985 during a football match between Liverpool F.C. from England and Juventus F.C. from Italy. ...


In retirement, Johnston had success as a businessman and innovator, designing and creating the prototype for Adidas' Predator football boot, worn by many of the world's top players of both football and rugby including Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Jonny Wilkinson. He later designed another innovative boot called The Pig or, to give them their full title, the Patented Interactive Grip it can come as a 'skin' that can be placed over the toe of existing boot. Getting the first boot off the ground took Johnston 5 years and was initially refused by Adidas, as well as Nike and Reebok. However, Johnston had filmed Franz Beckenbauer using the boots in Germany in snowy conditions, and its increased grip led to Adidas agreeing to the proposal. For other uses, see Prototype (disambiguation). ... This article is about the company. ... Adidas Predator + Absolado TRX TF Predator technology is Adidas trade-name for a set of features of their football boots. ... Football boots, like all footwear, come in various sizes and styles. ... For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... Zidane redirects here. ... David Beckham David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE (born May 2, 1975) is an English footballer born in Leytonstone, London. ... Steven George Gerrard MBE (IPA: []) (born 30 May 1980, Whiston, Merseyside) is an English football player. ... Jonathan Peter Wilkinson OBE (born 25 May 1979 in Frimley, Surrey) is an English rugby union player and member of the England rugby union team. ... Nike, Inc. ... Reebok International Limited is a British producer of athletic footwear, apparel, and accessories and is currently a subsidiary of Adidas AG. The name comes from Afrikaans/Dutch spelling of rhebok, a type of African antelope or gazelle. ... Franz Anton Beckenbauer (born September 11, 1945) is a German football coach, manager, and former player, nicknamed der Kaiser (the emperor) because of his elegant style, his leadership qualities, his first name Franz (reminiscent of the Austrian emperors), and his dominance on the football pitch. ...


Craig also invented the Traxion sole for football boots and the software program the 'Butler,' a device that shows what has been removed from minibars in hotel bedrooms, he is also the creator of a gameshow called 'The Main Event.'


In recent times, Johnston invested heavily in a football school idea for inner city children but failed to win expected business backing and went bankrupt. Bankruptcy is a legally declared inability or impairment of ability of an individual or organization to pay their creditors. ...


Johnston was very critical about modern football boot designs, stating they are to blame for the recent spate of metatarsal injuries. He believed that the studs on the soles of the boots do not release quickly enough, meaning that they get stuck in the ground putting extra pressure on the players' already stressed knees, ankles and metatarsals. [citation needed]He also thought that the problem can be solved by designing a smaller stud that doesn't stick to the soil.[citation needed] Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The metatarsus consists of the five long bones of the foot, which are numbered from the medial side (ossa metatarsalia I.-V.); each presents for examination a body and two extremities. ... For other uses, see Knee (disambiguation). ... For a review of anatomical terms, see Anatomical position and Anatomical terms of location. ... The metatarsus consists of the five long bones of the foot, which are numbered from the medial side (ossa metatarsalia I.-V.); each presents for examination a body and two extremities. ...


Though he travels the world with his business interests, Johnston remains based in Australia. On June 18, 2006, Johnston made an appearance as a guest on The Footy Show World Cup Spectacular in Germany revealing information on his career. is the 169th day of the year (170th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


His sister, Khadijah Johnston, is the wife of radical Sydney-based Islamic sheik, Mohamed Omran. Craig has 4 daughters - Chelsea, Cassie, Bonnie Jane and Harley. This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... For people named Islam, see Islam (name). ... Sheik can refer to. ...


Johnston's 100% commitment on the pitch never went unnoticed amongst the Anfield faithful and he remains a fan favourite. During the 2006 poll 100 Players Who Shook The Kop compiled by the official Liverpool Football Club web siteover 110,000 Reds worldwide voted for their top 10 players of all time with Johnston coming in a very respectable 59th, not bad for a player who was once branded by Jack Charlton, whilst he was a youngster at Middlesbrough, as "the worst footballer I have ever seen,".[1] This article is about the football stadium. ... 100 Players Who Shook The Kop is a list compiled by Liverpool Football Club in 2006. ... John Jack Charlton, OBE, DL (born Ashington, Northumberland, May 8, 1935) was a footballer who played for Leeds United in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and who won the World Cup with England. ... Middlesborough redirects here. ...


Craig also has an undying love for Liverpool and its fans. After his retirement he was constantly being linked to clubs from all over; Craig always retorted this speculation stating that he could never play for anyone other than Liverpool.


Honours

From 1889 until 1992, this was the highest division overall of organized football in England. ... The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... European Cup redirects here. ... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... The FA Community Shield (formerly the Charity Shield) is an English association football trophy. ...

Runner-up

From 1889 until 1992, this was the highest division overall of organized football in England. ... 1980-2004 Logo The European/South American Cup, commonly referred to as the Intercontinental Cup or Toyota Cup, was a football competition endorsed by UEFA and CONMEBOL, contested between the winners of the European Champions League and the South American Copa Libertadores in a match played each year, from 1980... The FA Community Shield (formerly the Charity Shield) is an English association football trophy. ... European Cup redirects here. ... The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... This article is about the English FA Cup. ...

Books

  • Craig Johnston; Neil Jameson (1990). Walk alone : the Craig Johnston story. North Ryde, N.S.W.: Angus & Robertson. 0207168180. 

External links

  • Official Liverpool FC profile
  • Player profile at LFCHistory.net
  • Middlesbrough seasonal record 1977/78-1980/81 at sporting-heroes.net
  • Liverpool seasonal record (part 1) 1980/81-1983/84 at sporting-heroes.net
  • Liverpool seasonal record (part 2) 1985/86-1987/88 at sporting-heroes.net
  • Youtube with Craig Johnston at Newcastle KB from 1980

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Craig Johnston (born Johannesburg, 8 December 1960) was a footballer who became the first Australian to make a major impact in the English game.
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