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Adam Johnson
Man City warmup Johnson.jpg
Johnson with Manchester City
Personal information
Full name Adam Johnson[1]
Date of birth 14 July 1987 (1987-07-14) (age 22)
Place of birth Sunderland, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club Manchester City
Number 11
Youth career
1999–2004 Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2010 Middlesbrough 94 (13)
2006 Leeds United (loan) 4 (0)
2007 Watford (loan) 12 (5)
2010– Manchester City 6 (1)
National team
2006-2007 England U19 3 (0)
2007–2009 England U21 19 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:45, 11 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:15, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

Adam Johnson (born 14 July 1987) is an English footballer who plays for Manchester City as a winger.

A product of Middlesbrough's successful youth academy, he came to prominence after making his first team debut as an eighteen-year-old in a UEFA Cup tie.

His favoured position is on the left wing but is capable of playing on the right. He is known for his pacey dribbling and is a skilled set-piece and corner taker.


Club career



Though born in Sunderland, Johnson was taken in by Middlesbrough's youth academy as a youngster after being spotted by club scouts at a East Durham school-age match.[2][3] He was one of the many players in the first team to graduate from Middlesbrough's acclaimed Academy to the first team in recent years. He and Boro teammates David Wheater, Tony McMahon and Andrew Taylor were part of the squad that won the 2003–04 FA Youth Cup.

The youngster made his senior debut aged seventeen on 17 March 2005 in the UEFA Cup in the 1–0 defeat away to Sporting Lisbon. Almost six months later he made his Premier League debut, and first senior start, deputising for an injured Stewart Downing in a 2–1 home win against Arsenal. For much of the first half of the 2005-06 season he was on the bench as an unused substitute, mainly in the UEFA Cup matches. He made his second start in the competition against Litex Lovech on 15 December and set up Massimo Maccarone's first goal in a 2-0 win.[4] For the rest of the season, he managed to make appearances, albeit as Downing's deputy or an unused substitute.[2]

Johnson's first goal for Middlesbrough came in a midweek Premier League game against Bolton Wanders on the 3 May 2006. He was playing due to Middlesbrough's involvement in the UEFA Cup final which was to be played a week later as Steve McClaren rested most of the first team squad. On 30 June, he signed a new four-year contract extension.[5]

Leeds United and Watford

On 16 October 2006 he joined Leeds United on a month-long loan, playing five times, but with Leeds struggling in The Championship it was hard for Johnson to impress despite getting the man of the match award on his debut. After playing five games during his month loan spell Johnson returned to Middlesbrough.

Later on in the season he came on as a substitute in the FA Cup replay with Bristol City and played a vital role in seeing Middlesbrough through to the next round by setting up one goal and scoring the winning penalty in the shootout.

In September 2007 Johnson joined Championship side Watford on a three-month loan.[6] He played 12 games for the club, scoring 5 times, before being recalled to Middlesbrough earlier than stipulated in the deal following some brilliant performances. Coincidentally, Watford's form dipped after his departure.[7]

Back to Middlesbrough

In the final game of the season, he scored a 18-yard strike from a loose ball just minutes after coming on as a substitute in Boro's 8-1 thrashing of Manchester City.[8] In the 2008-09 season, he managed to make 32 appearances, half of those as substitutes as Downing was first choice.[7][9] He managed to start most of the fixtures near the end of the season when Downing was ruled out with a long-term injury.

Relegation and 2009–10 season

Johnson became an important part of Boro's Championship side for the 2009–10 season following Downing's transfer to Aston Villa, scoring three of Boro's five goals in the first three games.[10][11] He led the Boro scoring charts, with eight goals, for the entire first half of the season despite being a winger, which led to new manager Gordon Strachan expressing his concern about overrelying on Johnson for goals. In the 18 August match at Scunthorpe United, he missed a penalty awarded for a foul on Rhys Williams and scored another after being tripped by the Scunthorpe goalkeeper in the penalty box when both went for the rebound.[12] After a bright start to the season, the highly-rated youngster became a subject of transfer rumours with several Premier League clubs reported to be interested[13] and was linked to his hometown club Sunderland for much of the summer. The Boro management insisted that he would not be sold.[14][15] However he has yet to extend his contract and his current deal ends after the 2009-10 season. On 13 December, he was substituted for Marvin Emnes after picking up a hamstring injury in the 1-0 home loss to Cardiff City[16] but returned to score a penalty against Scunthorpe in a 3-0 win, thus taking his goal tally into double figures. He scored a brace for the third time in the season when he turned in a man of the match performance against Doncaster Rovers on 26 January to end Boro's winless away streak stretching back to October.[17]

In recognition of his consistent performances, Johnson was voted for the North East Football Writers Young Player of the Year award,[18] joining a string of Boro players to do so.

Manchester City

When the winter transfer window opened, Johnson was again the subject of transfer speculation and Middlesbrough reportedly received a bid from Manchester City.[19] On 1 February 2010, City signed him for £6m on a four-and-a-half-year contract.[20][21] He made his first appearance for the club on 6 February, coming on as substitute for Stephen Ireland against Hull City. Three days later he made his first start against Bolton Wanderers on the right side of a three-man attack alongside Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor, finishing as the man of the match.[22] Johnson scored his first goal against his hometown club Sunderland, the club his family supports. He calmly curled in an 18 yard effort one and a half minutes into injury time to secure a last-gasp 1-1 draw, when it seemed like Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon had won them all 3 points.[23]

International career

A former under-19 international, Johnson was called-up for the under-21 team at the 2009 UEFA U21 Championships in Sweden. He scored once in qualification[24] and again in the first leg of the qualification play-offs against Wales U21s as the Young Lions narrowly won 5-4 on aggregate to qualify for the tournament. During the tournament he started in two of the three group stage matches. He won the Man of the Match award in the final group stage match against Germany that ended in a 1–1 draw[25] and converted his penalty in the semi-final shoot-out win against Sweden.

In late February 2010, Johnson was named in the senior squad for the first time in Fabio Capello's 30-man shortlist for the upcoming March friendly against Egypt in May but did not make the final 23.[26]

Career Statistics

As of 14 March 2010.
Club League Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Middlesbrough Premier League 2004–05 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2005–06 13 1 1 0 1 0 3 0 18 1
2006–07 12 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 16 0
Leeds United (loan) Championship 2006–07 4 0 0 0 0 0 - - 4 0
Middlesbrough Premier League 2007–08 19 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 24 1
Watford (loan) Championship 2007–08 12 5 0 0 0 0 - - 12 5
Middlesbrough Premier League 2008–09 26 0 5 0 2 2 - - 33 2
Championship 2009–10 24 11 1 0 1 1 - - 26 12
Manchester City Premier League 2009–10 6 1 - - - - - - 6 1
Middlesbrough Total 94 13 14 0 6 3 4 0 118 16
Manchester City Total 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Career Total 117 19 14 0 6 3 4 0 141 22


  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Adam Johnson". Evening Gazette. 20 September 2006. 
  3. ^ "Jonno says 'Thank you Boro'". Middlesbrough F.C.. 3 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Maccarone joy for Middlesbrough". UEFA. 15 December 2005. 
  5. ^ "Johnson agrees new four-year contract with Middlesbrough". Darlington & Stockton Times. 30 June 2006. 
  6. ^ Johnson on loan
  7. ^ a b "Magic Johnson". The Football Association. 5 February 2009. 
  8. ^ "Report: Middlesbrough vs Manchester City". ESPNsoccernet. 11 May 2008. 
  9. ^ "Johnson keen to secure Boro place". BBC Sport. 7 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Adam Johnson can be the best ever". Evening Gazette. 31 October 2009. 
  11. ^ Adam Johnson
  12. ^ "Report: Scunthorpe vs Middlesbrough". ESPNsoccernet. 18 August 2009. 
  13. ^ "Adam Johnson in new contract talks with Middlesbrough as Gareth Southgate looks to tie down Riverside's young stars". Daily Mail. 21 August 2009. 
  14. ^ "Middlesbrough's Adam Johnson will not be sold despite rejecting new contract". The Daily Telegraph. 13 July 2009. 
  15. ^ "Sunderland chase Boro winger". Sunderland Echo. 21 October 2009. 
  16. ^ "Boro feel loss of 'terrific' Jonno". Middlesbrough F.C.. 14 December 2009. 
  17. ^ "Johnson brings joy and fear for Boro". Darlington & Stockton Times. 27 January 2010. 
  18. ^ "Ambitious Jonno Targets Honours". Middlesbrough F.C.. 12 November 2009. 
  19. ^ "City's valuation of Adam Johnson falls short". Evening Gazette. 29 January 2010. 
  20. ^ "City complete Johnson capture". Sky Sports. 1 February 2010.,19528,11095_5910509,00.html. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  21. ^ "Johnson Leaves Boro". Middlesbrough F.C.. 1 February 2010. 
  22. ^ "City trample on Trotters: Johnson inspires Eastlands win". Sky Sport. 10 February 2010.,19764,11065_3221547,00.htm. 
  23. ^ "Sunderland 1 - 1 Man City". BBC. 14 March 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  24. ^ Adam's first earns point
  25. ^ "Johnson keeps his eyes on the prize". UEFA. 23 June 2009. 
  26. ^ "Adam Johnson ready to turn Preimer League inside out". 9 March 2010. 

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