822 Simon Johnson

Biography

Simon Ainsley Johnson was born in West Bromwich but moved to Yorkshire at 14 and joined the Leeds United academy system. By 2002 Johnson had signed a professional contract and was looking for first team experience, meanwhile new City manager Jan Molby was looking to build a squad capable of lifting the Tigers out of the fourth tier. Johnson was signed for the Tigers on a three month loan in August 2002 and the feisty right-sided midfielder and forward was slotted into Molby’s first team squad the following day. Johnson came on as sub for his debut, scored a late equaliser against Bristol Rovers and looked like a promising capture. A second goal a fortnight later at Bury, during his first Tigers’ start, reinforced Johnson’s credentials, but unfortunately Molby himself proved to be a rudderless manager seemingly intent on creating arguments rather than managing the squad. Johnson drifted around the first team for two more months, used mostly as a late substitute, but when Molby was dismissed in October 2002 Johnson soon returned to his parent club.

Johnson spent three further seasons at Leeds United, making his Premier League debut in April 2003 and enjoying further loan spells four clubs. When he left Leeds in the 2005 close season Simon had 12 first team appearances for the Whites plus a further 32 appearances, plus six goals, for other loan clubs. He joined Darlington in July 2005 and for two seasons he played regularly in the Quakers’ first team, scoring 13 goals in 76 appearances. In the latter stages of the 2006/07 season Johnson had fallen out of favour at Darlington and that summer he joined Hereford United. At Edgar Street Simon maintained his reputation as a hard working attacking player with an eye for goal and contributed six goals in 2007/08 season as the Bulls won promotion to League Division 2. In two seasons at Hereford made 72 first team appearances, exactly half of which came off the bench. He signed a month-to-month contract for Bury in the 2009 close season but after 6 appearances in August and September 2009 Johnson dropped down the footballing ladder – for the next five years he played for various non-league sides and had a two year spell in Malta. His playing days came to a close in 2014 with fans-owned phoenix club Hinckley AFC, he then undertook coaching roles at West Bromwich Albion and set up a soccer academy business in the Birmingham area for 16-18 year olds.

Details

Nationality: England
Date/Place of Birth: 9 March 1983, West Bromwich
Hull City First Game: 13 August 2002, Bristol Rovers A (League Division 3), 19 years, 157 days old
Hull City Final Game: 12 October 2002, Rochdale H (League Division 3), 19 years, 217 days old

Clubs

Leeds United (2000-2005), Hull City (2002, loan), Blackpool (2003-2004, loan), Sunderland (2004, loan), Doncaster Rovers (2004-2005, loan), Barnsley (2005-loan), Darlington (2005-2007), Hereford United (2007-2009), Bury (2009), Halesowen Town (2009-2010), Solihull Moors (2010), Guiseley (2010), Hibernians (2010-2012), Hinckley United (2012-2013), Hinckley AFC (2014)

Hull City Record

Career: 13 apps, 2 goals

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