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Full Name: John Armstrong
Normal Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 5'10
Weight: 11st 6lbs
Born: 05/09/1936(Airdrie)

John ArmstrongQuick, agile and the possessor of a safe pair of hands, though always slightly suspect to the high crossed ball, he had only a handful of games (but a safe handful!) at Bellshill following his 2 years with Armadale. After 8 months with Barrow opposing Southport in his last game he joined Nottingham Forest for g3,000. He made his League debut for Forest in the last game of 1958-59. He got few opportunities there due to the consistency of Peter Grummitt and went to Portsmouth where he enjoyed 4 seasons and 79 League games. He once played at Chelsea in front of 54,588 as they blasted their way back to the First Division by thrashing Pompey 7o. At Southport he had 2 seasons as deputy to Brian Reeves and a further 2 as first choice 'keeper until finally losing his place to Bobby Wraith following a 4-1 home defeat by Oldham Athletic. He retired with a back injury and became organiser of the Southport F.C. Development Association for a time before taking over as Manager of New Brighton in 1972. A qualified Football Coach he coached the Manchester University team while at Haig Avenue. He settled in Ainsdale and became a representative with Hedges Frozen Foods for 14 years.


Player Profile reproduced with Permission from:
The Sandgrounders: The Complete League History of Southport F. C., by Michael Braham and Geoff Wilde (Palatine Books, 1995). ISBN 978-1-874181-14-9

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Statistics include the following competitions
FA Cup , FA Trophy , Football League Cup, League, PLAY OFFS , Welsh Cup,

Season Apps Subs Goals
1967/1968 1200
1968/1969 1300
1969/1970 3700
1970/1971 3100
Total 93 0 0

Last 10 games where player was named on the team sheet

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
29/01/1971 LeagueH OLDHAM ATHLETIC 1 - 4
23/01/1971 LeagueA PETERBOROUGH UNITED 0 - 1
16/01/1971 LeagueA LINCOLN CITY 0 - 3
09/01/1971 LeagueH CHESTER (1885) 2 - 0
01/01/1971 Lancashire Senior Cup / 3 RH LIVERPOOL 0 - 2
26/12/1970 LeagueH WORKINGTON 1 - 0
19/12/1970 LeagueA NEWPORT COUNTY 2 - 2
12/12/1970 LeagueA EXETER CITY 1 - 2
04/12/1970 LeagueH SCUNTHORPE UNITED 5 - 1
01/12/1970 Lancashire Senior Cup / 3H LIVERPOOL 1 - 1

Last 10 games where player started

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
29/01/1971 LeagueH OLDHAM ATHLETIC 1 - 4
23/01/1971 LeagueA PETERBOROUGH UNITED 0 - 1
16/01/1971 LeagueA LINCOLN CITY 0 - 3
09/01/1971 LeagueH CHESTER (1885) 2 - 0
01/01/1971 Lancashire Senior Cup / 3 RH LIVERPOOL 0 - 2
26/12/1970 LeagueH WORKINGTON 1 - 0
19/12/1970 LeagueA NEWPORT COUNTY 2 - 2
12/12/1970 LeagueA EXETER CITY 1 - 2
04/12/1970 LeagueH SCUNTHORPE UNITED 5 - 1
01/12/1970 Lancashire Senior Cup / 3H LIVERPOOL 1 - 1
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