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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


Season: 1967/1968 [Back to Player Stats]
The player made an appearance in the following games:
Date Competition Venue Opponents Score Goals
19/08/1967 League Away MANSFIELD TOWN 2 - 4 0
23/08/1967 Football League Cup / 1 Away BARROW 0 - 1 0
26/08/1967 League Home WATFORD 2 - 0 0
02/09/1967 League Away GILLINGHAM 4 - 1 0
04/09/1967 League Home COLCHESTER UNITED 2 - 3 0
09/09/1967 League Away SCUNTHORPE UNITED 0 - 1 0
15/09/1967 League Home OLDHAM ATHLETIC 1 - 0 0
23/09/1967 League Away BRISTOL ROVERS 3 - 1 0
25/09/1967 League Away COLCHESTER UNITED 1 - 1 0
29/09/1967 League Home BARROW 1 - 0 0
04/10/1967 League Away BOURNEMOUTH 1 - 4 0
07/10/1967 League Home NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1 - 3 0
01/01/1968 Lancashire Senior Cup / 1 Home LIVERPOOL 1 - 2 0
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