The Full Wiki

John Durnin: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

John Durnin
John Durnin.JPG
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.


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]


  1. ^ "England's longest serving football manager". BBC Sport. 2008-11-06. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  2. ^ "John Durnin". Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  3. ^ "Molby to sign Durnin". BBC Sport. 12 October 2000. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  4. ^ "John Durnin gif". Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  5. ^ "Vale offer Durnin a chance". BBC Sport. 18 December 2001. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  6. ^ "Durnin lands Vale role". BBC Sport. 22 May 2002. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  7. ^ "Carragher exits Vale". BBC Sport. 9 May 2003. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  8. ^ "Durnin joins Stanley". BBC Sport. 4 August 2003. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  9. ^ "Durnin makes exit from Southport". BBC Sport. 6 October 2006. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  10. ^ "Celtic legends draw charity game". BBC Sport. 4 October 2006. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 

External links



Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address