JOHN­SON FACTFILE

The Football League Paper - - PROFILE ON LEE JOHNSON -

Born: New­mar­ket, 1982 (Age 32) Play­ing ca­reer: A trainee at Ar­se­nal un­der Bruce Rioch, John­son left the club with­out play­ing a game, spend­ing time at first Wat­ford and then Brighton (where he scored in his only ap­pear­ance) be­fore join­ing fa­ther Gary at Non-League Yeovil Town. A debu­tant in 2001, John­son be­came a reg­u­lar in the heart of mid­field, win­ning the FA Tro­phy in 2002, the Con­fer­ence ti­tle in 2003, the League Two ti­tle in 2004 and thr ee in­di­vid­ual player of the year awards. Af­ter 23 goals in 191 games he joined SPL side Hearts for £50,000 in 2006, but left af­ter man­ager Gra­ham Rix was sacked, re­join­ing Gary at Bris­tol City. There, he helped the Robins win pr omo­tion to the Cham­pi­onship in 2007 and, a year later, fin­ish fourth in the sec­ond tier, miss­ing out on a place in the Pr emier League thanks to a 1-0 de­feat to Hull in the play-of f fi­nal. Af­ter six sea­sons and 174 games for the Robins – punc­tu­ated by loan spells at Derby and Ch­ester­field – John­son joined Kil­marnock in 2012, set­ting up the win­ner as Kil­lie beat Celtic 1-0 in the Scot­tish League Cup fi­nal. How­ever , he left the club in Jan­uary 2013 af­ter just 20 ap­pear­ances. Man­age­rial ca­reer: Af­ter two months with­out a club, John­son was sur­pris­ingly ap­pointed Old­ham man­ager in Mar ch 2013, at 31 re­plac­ing MK Dons boss Karl Robin­son as the youngest man­ager in the Foot­ball League. Af­ter a 3-0 vic­tory over Hartle­pool in his first game, Old­ham suc­cess­fully avoided rel­e­ga­tion by fin­ish­ing in 19th place.

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WIN­NER: Lee John­son cel­e­brates with the FA Tro­phy in his Yeovil days

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