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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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Season Date From To Value
1967/1968 26/07/1967 PORTSMOUTH Southport
1970/1971 05/05/1971 Southport UNATTACHED Retired



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


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
28/11/1970 LeagueA OLDHAM ATHLETIC 4 - 2
21/11/1970 FA Cup / 1H BOSTON UNITED 0 - 2
14/11/1970 LeagueH NOTTS COUNTY 0 - 2
10/11/1970 LeagueH BOURNEMOUTH 0 - 1
07/11/1970 LeagueA CREWE ALEXANDRA 0 - 1
30/10/1970 LeagueH DARLINGTON 0 - 3
24/10/1970 LeagueA HARTLEPOOL 2 - 1
20/10/1970 LeagueH LINCOLN CITY 1 - 0
16/10/1970 LeagueH SOUTHEND UNITED 3 - 0
09/10/1970 LeagueA YORK CITY 0 - 2
02/10/1970 LeagueH BARROW 1 - 0
30/09/1970 LeagueA CHESTER (1885) 0 - 1
26/09/1970 LeagueA GRIMSBY TOWN 2 - 1
21/09/1970 LeagueH EXETER CITY 0 - 2
18/09/1970 LeagueH STOCKPORT COUNTY 1 - 0
12/09/1970 LeagueA CAMBRIDGE UNITED 0 - 0
08/09/1970 LeagueH GRIMSBY TOWN 1 - 0
04/09/1970 LeagueH COLCHESTER UNITED 2 - 1
01/09/1970 LeagueA NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1 - 2
29/08/1970 LeagueA BRENTFORD 1 - 0
21/08/1970 LeagueH NEWPORT COUNTY 6 - 1
19/08/1970 Football League Cup / 1A ROCHDALE 0 - 1
15/08/1970 LeagueA SOUTHEND UNITED 1 - 1
24/04/1970 LeagueH BRADFORD CITY 1 - 0
10/04/1970 Northern Floodlit Challenge CupA WREXHAM 1 - 1
01/04/1970 LeagueA MANSFIELD TOWN 0 - 5
28/03/1970 LeagueH ROTHERHAM UNITED 2 - 1
27/03/1970 LeagueH BARNSLEY 0 - 1
23/03/1970 Liverpool Senior CupA TRANMERE ROVERS 1 - 2
21/03/1970 LeagueA BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 0 - 1
17/03/1970 LeagueH ORIENT 1 - 0
14/03/1970 LeagueH TRANMERE ROVERS 2 - 0
10/03/1970 LeagueA ROTHERHAM UNITED 0 - 2
03/03/1970 LeagueH BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 2 - 0
28/02/1970 LeagueH TORQUAY UNITED 4 - 2
21/02/1970 LeagueA ROCHDALE 1 - 1
14/02/1970 LeagueA BRISTOL ROVERS 0 - 2
06/02/1970 LeagueH BURY 4 - 0
31/01/1970 LeagueA BOURNEMOUTH 0 - 1
17/01/1970 LeagueH DONCASTER ROVERS 2 - 2
10/01/1970 LeagueA STOCKPORT COUNTY 0 - 0
26/12/1969 LeagueA BARROW 0 - 1
20/12/1969 LeagueA PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 1 - 1
13/12/1969 LeagueH SHREWSBURY TOWN 0 - 2
06/12/1969 LeagueA HALIFAX TOWN 0 - 1
29/11/1969 LeagueA TRANMERE ROVERS 1 - 0
22/11/1969 LeagueH READING 6 - 2
15/11/1969 FA Cup / 1A LINCOLN CITY 0 - 2
08/11/1969 LeagueH MANSFIELD TOWN 0 - 1
01/11/1969 LeagueA TORQUAY UNITED 0 - 0
25/10/1969 LeagueH ROCHDALE 0 - 3
18/10/1969 LeagueA BARNSLEY 1 - 1
11/10/1969 LeagueA BURY 3 - 4
08/10/1969 LeagueH WALSALL 0 - 1
04/10/1969 LeagueH BOURNEMOUTH 3 - 0
01/10/1969 LeagueA GILLINGHAM 4 - 2
30/08/1969 LeagueA BRADFORD CITY 0 - 1
27/08/1969 LeagueA FULHAM 2 - 3
23/08/1969 LeagueH BARROW 1 - 0
16/08/1969 LeagueA WALSALL 0 - 4
13/08/1969 Football League Cup / 1H OLDHAM ATHLETIC 5 - 1
09/08/1969 LeagueH BRISTOL ROVERS 0 - 0
09/05/1969 Northern Floodlit Challenge Cup / Final 2LH WIGAN ATHLETIC 4 - 1
08/05/1969 Northern Floodlit Challenge Cup / Final 1LA WIGAN ATHLETIC 1 - 2
28/04/1969 Northern Floodlit Challenge CupH CREWE ALEXANDRA 0 - 0
24/03/1969 Northern Floodlit LeagueH WIGAN ATHLETIC 3 - 0
14/12/1968 LeagueA PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 4 - 0
07/12/1968 FA Cup / 2A DONCASTER ROVERS 1 - 2
04/12/1968 Northern Floodlit LeagueA SHREWSBURY TOWN 1 - 0
30/11/1968 LeagueA BRISTOL ROVERS 1 - 2
22/11/1968 LeagueH CREWE ALEXANDRA 4 - 0
16/11/1968 FA Cup / 1A TRANMERE ROVERS 1 - 0
08/11/1968 LeagueH READING 1 - 1
06/11/1968 LeagueA HARTLEPOOL 2 - 2
02/11/1968 LeagueA SWINDON TOWN 1 - 5
28/10/1968 Northern Floodlit LeagueA STOCKPORT COUNTY 1 - 0
25/10/1968 LeagueH STOCKPORT COUNTY 5 - 0
22/10/1968 Northern Floodlit LeagueA CARLISLE UNITED 2 - 1
19/10/1968 LeagueA BOURNEMOUTH 1 - 2
16/10/1968 Lancashire Senior Cup / 1H WIGAN ATHLETIC 1 - 0
11/10/1968 LeagueH PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 2 - 0
07/10/1968 LeagueH MANSFIELD TOWN 3 - 2
05/10/1968 LeagueA WALSALL 0 - 3
01/10/1968 Northern Floodlit LeagueH SHREWSBURY TOWN 4 - 1
24/09/1968 Northern Floodlit LeagueH BARROW 5 - 0
11/09/1968 Northern Floodlit LeagueA WIGAN ATHLETIC 0 - 0
28/08/1968 Northern Floodlit LeagueA WREXHAM 1 - 2
01/01/1968 Lancashire Senior Cup / 1H LIVERPOOL 1 - 2
07/10/1967 LeagueH NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1 - 3
04/10/1967 LeagueA BOURNEMOUTH 1 - 4
29/09/1967 LeagueH BARROW 1 - 0
25/09/1967 LeagueA COLCHESTER UNITED 1 - 1
23/09/1967 LeagueA BRISTOL ROVERS 3 - 1
15/09/1967 LeagueH OLDHAM ATHLETIC 1 - 0
09/09/1967 LeagueA SCUNTHORPE UNITED 0 - 1
04/09/1967 LeagueH COLCHESTER UNITED 2 - 3
02/09/1967 LeagueA GILLINGHAM 4 - 1
26/08/1967 LeagueH WATFORD 2 - 0
23/08/1967 Football League Cup / 1A BARROW 0 - 1
19/08/1967 LeagueA MANSFIELD TOWN 2 - 4
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