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Tommy Johnson

Tommy Johnson

Birthdate: 19 August 1901
Birthplace: Dalton-In-Furness, England
Date of death: 29 January 1973
Other clubs: Dalton Athletic, Dalton Casuals, Manchester City (1918-30), Everton (1930-34), Darwen (1936-37)
Bought from: Everton
Signed for LFC: 02.03.1934
International debut: 24.05.1926 vs. Belgium
International caps: 5/5 (0 at LFC) - 17.10.1932
Liverpool debut: 03.03.1934
Last appearance: 11.04.1936
Debut goal: 30.03.1934
Last goal: 14.09.1935
Contract expiry: 18.08.1936
Win ratio: 50% W:19 D:5 L:14
Games/goals ratio: 4.75
LFC league games/goals: 36 / 8
Total LFC games/goals: 38 / 8

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Thomas Clark Fisher Johnson was a Manchester City legend, whose record of scoring 38 goals in 39 first division games in the 1928/29 season still stands. Johnson scored 158 League goals for City, a club record shared with all-time leading scorer Eric Brook. After 11 years at City 29-year-old Johnson was sold to Everton who subsequently won the Second Division. His departure sparked protests by City fans, resulting in a drop of 7,000 in the club's attendances. He contributed 22 goals in 41 matches, linking well with Dixie Dean, as Everton won the League Championship in 1931/32. He played when the Blues won the FA Cup in 1933, ironically beating Manchester City 3-0 in the final. A tricky player on the left wing Johnson played 159 games, and scored 64 goals for Everton before switching to Liverpool at 32 years of age. Everton were very angry at the time how a document sent only inside football circles, offering Johnson along with seven other players to clubs, was made official, prompting their Chairman, William C Cuff, to complain that "unless there is confidence in football, clubs wouldn't anymore send out lists naming players they wanted to sell."

Johnson played in the last 11 matches of the 1933/34 season and scored twice, a period in which six games were won and only three lost. This contrasted greatly with the previous, depressing run of 17 games before Johnson was picked for the first team when only one match resulted in maximum points so his introduction made a significant difference to the club's fortunes at a crucial stage of the season. Johnson played in nearly half the League games a year later as Liverpool finished in a much more respectable position, seventh, but the longest run of successive games he had was the last ten matches of the season. The Manchester City and Everton great had seen the back of his best days when he arrived at Liverpool but his fantastic experience paid off handsomely when the Reds avoided the dreaded drop.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 36 2 0 0 0 38
1933-1934 11 0 0 0 0 11
1934-1935 19 0 0 0 0 19
1935-1936 6 2 0 0 0 8

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Total Opponent
4 Huddersfield Town
3 Derby
3 Stoke City
3 Chelsea
2 Manchester City
2 Blackburn Rovers
2 Arsenal
2 Birmingham City
2 Leeds United
2 Aston Villa
2 Leicester City
2 Grimsby Town
1 WBA
1 Middlesbrough
1 Preston North End
1 Sunderland
1 Swansea City
1 Sheffield Wednesday
1 Tottenham
1 Everton
1 Wolves
Total Competition
36 League
2 FA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 8 0 0 0 0 8
1933-1934 2 0 0 0 0 2
1934-1935 5 0 0 0 0 5
1935-1936 1 0 0 0 0 1

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
8 League
Total Goal minute period
2 16-30 minutes
2 31-45 minutes
3 61-75 minutes
1 76-90 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
8 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 03.03.1934 Middlesbrough Anfield League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 44 30.03.1934 Huddersfield Town Anfield League

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Dalton Athletic N/A N/A N/A N/A
Dalton Casuals N/A N/A N/A N/A
Manchester City 1919-1920 England First Division 10 5 10 5
Manchester City 1920-1921 England First Division 12 5 12 5
Manchester City 1921-1922 England First Division 20 5 23 5
Manchester City 1922-1923 England First Division 35 14 36 15
Manchester City 1923-1924 England First Division 30 9 35 9
Manchester City 1924-1925 England First Division 41 12 42 12
Manchester City 1925-1926 England First Division 38 15 45 19
Manchester City 1926-1927 England Second Division 38 25 39 25
Manchester City 1927-1928 England Second Division 35 19 38 20
Manchester City 1928-1929 England First Division 39 38 40 38
Manchester City 1929-1930 England First Division 30 11 34 12
Everton 1929-1930 England First Division 10 4 10 4
Everton 1930-1931 England Second Division 36 14 41 18
Everton 1931-1932 England First Division 41 22 42 22
Everton 1932-1933 England First Division 40 13 46 17
Everton 1933-1934 England First Division 19 3 20 3
Darwen 1936-1937 Lancashire Combination N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 474 214 513 229
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