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John Durnin
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Personal information
Full name John Paul Durnin
Date of birth 18 August 1965 (1965-08-18) (age 44)
Place of birth Bootle, Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder / Striker
Youth career
Waterloo Dock
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1989 Liverpool 0 (0)
1988 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 5 (2)
1989–1993 Oxford United 161 (44)
1993–1999 Portsmouth 179 (31)
1999 Blackpool (loan) 5 (1)
1999–2000 Carlisle United 22 (3)
2000–2001 Kidderminster Harriers 31 (9)
2001 Rhyl 10 (4)
2001–2003 Port Vale 47 (2)
2003–2004 Accrington Stanley 15 (4)
Total 475 (100)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Paul Durnin (born 18 August 1965) is an English former footballer. He scored 96 goals in 465 league appearances over a career spanning close to two decades.

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Playing career

Durnin's career began with Liverpool in 1986, when he was signed from local non-league side Waterloo Dock for £500.[1] A midfielder or striker, he was a regular in the Liverpool Reserves but couldn't break into the first team, making only two appearances, both in the Football League Cup.[2] In October 1988 he was loaned out to West Bromwich Albion, and moved permanently to Oxford for a £225,000 fee the following February. He spent four and a half years with Oxford, amassing over 150 league appearances before being snapped up by Portsmouth for £200,000 in 1993. He spent seven seasons with Pompey, making almost 200 appearances for the club and becoming a cult hero amongst the fans who affectionately gave him the nickname "Johnny Lager".

His final season at Portsmouth saw him loaned out to Blackpool and then Carlisle. He signed a permanent deal with Carlisle in February 2000 but was released the following summer.

He spent the following season with League newcomers Kidderminster Harriers,[3][4] before joining League of Wales side Rhyl as player-coach in July 2001. By December he was back in the English Football League, linking up with his former manager Brian Horton at Port Vale.[5] He played there for 18 months, also helping out in a coaching capacity[6] before he left in May 2003.[7] He then spent one season with Conference side Accrington Stanley[8] before he retired in 2004.

Coaching career

In July 2006, he joined the coaching staff of Southport but left in October of that year.[9]

He is now a regular for the Liverpool Masters team.[10]

References

  1. ^ "England's longest serving football manager". BBC Sport. 2008-11-06. http://www.bbc.co.uk/liverpool/content/articles/2008/11/06/north_west_football_manager_s14_w8_feature.shtml. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  2. ^ "John Durnin". lfchistory.net. http://www.lfchistory.net/player_profile.asp?player_id=294. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  3. ^ "Molby to sign Durnin". BBC Sport. 12 October 2000. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/k/kidderminster_harriers/969398.stm. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  4. ^ "John Durnin gif". harriers-online.co.uk. http://www.harriers-online.co.uk/squad/durnin.shtml. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  5. ^ "Vale offer Durnin a chance". BBC Sport. 18 December 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/p/port_vale/1717785.stm. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  6. ^ "Durnin lands Vale role". BBC Sport. 22 May 2002. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/p/port_vale/2001778.stm. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  7. ^ "Carragher exits Vale". BBC Sport. 9 May 2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/p/port_vale/3014351.stm. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  8. ^ "Durnin joins Stanley". BBC Sport. 4 August 2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/a/accrington_stanley/3123033.stm. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  9. ^ "Durnin makes exit from Southport". BBC Sport. 6 October 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/s/southport/5412534.stm. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  10. ^ "Celtic legends draw charity game". BBC Sport. 4 October 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/c/celtic/5408364.stm. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 

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