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Born: 21 October 1955

Came from: Apprentice   Went to: Retired

First game: 29 August 1973   Last game: 02 May 1981

Appearances: 231 (218/13)   Goals: 43

Johnson was an Argyle apprentice who spent his entire career with the club, barring two loan spells with Torquay United. A key member of the 1974-75 promotion side, he was a consistent and reliable performer throughout his time at the club, mainly operating on the right wing. He made himself famous by firing a penalty so far over the crossbar at the Barn Park End that it was eventually found in the hippopotamus enclosure at Plymouth Zoo.


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From Andrew Chapman (GoS contributor) in Leeds on 26/07/2014 ...

In mitigation for Brian, Greens on Screen has been reliably informed that the penalty into the hippo pen was during a reserve match! At least it wasn't a league game - stuff of legend, nevertheless!

APPEARANCE DETAILS  [reselect competitions]

The details below reflect appearances in the following selected competitions: Southern & Western Leagues, Football League, FA Cup, League Cup, Minor Cups

Excluded: Football League (1939), War Leagues

We're grateful to Andy Chapman, Paul Roberts, Steve Rhodes and Mark Lovell for their help in writing GoS-DB's player pen-pictures, and to the PAFC Media Team and Colin Parsons for their help with photos. Thanks also to staff at the National Football Museum, the Scottish Football Museum and ScotlandsPeople for their valuable assistance.

The following publications have been particularly valuable in the research of pen-pictures: Plymouth Argyle, A Complete Record 1903-1989 (Brian Knight, ISBN 0-907969-40-2); Plymouth Argyle, 101 Golden Greats (Andy Riddle, ISBN 1-874287-47-3); Football League Players' Records 1888-1939 (Michael Joyce, ISBN 1-899468-67-6); Football League Players' Records 1946-1988 (Barry Hugman, ISBN 1-85443-020-3) and Plymouth Argyle Football Club Handbooks.

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