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Chris Johnson

Johnson in the 2007 NAB Cup Grand Final.
Personal information
Full name Christopher Lloyd Johnson
Date of birth 30 May 1976 (1976-05-30) (age 33)
Recruited from Jacana / Northern U18 (TAC Cup)
Draft 7th overall, 1993
Fitzroy
Height/Weight 180cm / 89kg
Position(s) Back Pocket
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1994 – 2007 Fitzroy/Brisbane Lions 264 (172)   

1 Playing statistics to end of 2007 season .

Christopher Lloyd Johnson (born 30 May 1976) is a former professional Australian rules footballer turned coach.

His career highlights as an Australian Football League player include three premierships with Brisbane, All-Australian selection, captain of the Australian International Rules team and inclusion in the Indigenous Team of the Century.

Johnson was one of eight players to transfer to Brisbane when Fitzroy merged with the Brisbane Bears to form the Brisbane Lions and became the last Fitzroy Lion to play in the AFL.

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Early Life

AFL Career

Johnson began his professional AFL career with Fitzroy in 1994.

He was one of eight players allowed to transfer to Brisbane when Fitzroy merged with the Brisbane Bears to form the Brisbane Lions. His career highlights include three premierships with Brisbane, All-Australian selection and inclusion in the Indigenous Team of the Century.

Johnson is renowned for his creative play and composure running out of defence. Nevertheless, his 2007 preseason saw him playing as regularly in the forward line and the midfield as a defender, signalling the club's intention to use him as an impact player.

Johnson was appointed co-captain of the Lions in 2007, alongside Simon Black, Luke Power, Jonathan Brown, and Nigel Lappin.

On Friday 31st of August 2007, Johnson announced his retirement from Football at seasons end. Johnson was the last Fitzroy Lion to play in the AFL.

International rules series 2005

In the 2005 International Rules series, Johnson was named co-captain along with Andrew McLeod . Johnson started a brawl by close line tackling one of the Irish team. After this he was seen to search around for other players to strike. During the course of the brawl he punched four Irish players. He was suspended for five matches after pleading guilty to striking, ruling him out until the second Test in 2008.

He is currently in his second year of coaching Brisbane school and AFL dominions St Peters Lutheran College, posting a 7-0 record over his two year tenure as the head coach for the opens team. They captured the 2007 AIC AFL Premiership after defeating Iona College in the Grand Final. They recently defeated Cairns school Djarragun College at the Gabba, before the Lions-Saints game, in an exhibition match to promote the AFL's indegenous round.

Coaching Career

Following his AFL career, he remained involved in the game.

He became a runner for the Brisbane Lions, appearing in Round 11 against Fremantle Dockers.

Then he shifted into coaching. On Friday 14 September 2007, Johnson signed on with the club as a full-time development coach for the Brisbane Lions. His job is to continue to assist in the development of the club's young playing list in the new position and to show off field leadership. He was promoted to assistant coach to Michael Voss.

In February 2009, Johnson coached the Indigenous All-Stars to victory against Adelaide in Darwin.

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Preceded by
Michael Voss
Brisbane Lions captain
2007
(shared with Simon Black, Luke Power, Jonathan Brown, and Nigel Lappin)
Succeeded by
Simon Black, Luke Power, Jonathan Brown, and Nigel Lappin
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