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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: 1968/1969 [Back to Player Stats]
The player made an appearance in the following games:
Date Competition Venue Opponents Score Goals
28/08/1968 Northern Floodlit League Away WREXHAM 1 - 2 0
11/09/1968 Northern Floodlit League Away WIGAN ATHLETIC 0 - 0 0
24/09/1968 Northern Floodlit League Home BARROW 5 - 0 0
01/10/1968 Northern Floodlit League Home SHREWSBURY TOWN 4 - 1 0
05/10/1968 League Away WALSALL 0 - 3 0
07/10/1968 League Home MANSFIELD TOWN 3 - 2 0
11/10/1968 League Home PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 2 - 0 0
16/10/1968 Lancashire Senior Cup / 1 Home WIGAN ATHLETIC 1 - 0 0
19/10/1968 League Away BOURNEMOUTH 1 - 2 0
22/10/1968 Northern Floodlit League Away CARLISLE UNITED 2 - 1 0
25/10/1968 League Home STOCKPORT COUNTY 5 - 0 0
28/10/1968 Northern Floodlit League Away STOCKPORT COUNTY 1 - 0 0
02/11/1968 League Away SWINDON TOWN 1 - 5 0
06/11/1968 League Away HARTLEPOOL 2 - 2 0
08/11/1968 League Home READING 1 - 1 0
16/11/1968 FA Cup / 1 Away TRANMERE ROVERS 1 - 0 0
22/11/1968 League Home CREWE ALEXANDRA 4 - 0 0
30/11/1968 League Away BRISTOL ROVERS 1 - 2 0
04/12/1968 Northern Floodlit League Away SHREWSBURY TOWN 1 - 0 0
07/12/1968 FA Cup / 2 Away DONCASTER ROVERS 1 - 2 0
14/12/1968 League Away PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 4 - 0 0
24/03/1969 Northern Floodlit League Home WIGAN ATHLETIC 3 - 0 0
28/04/1969 Northern Floodlit Challenge Cup Home CREWE ALEXANDRA 0 - 0 0
08/05/1969 Northern Floodlit Challenge Cup / Final 1L Away WIGAN ATHLETIC 1 - 2 0
09/05/1969 Northern Floodlit Challenge Cup / Final 2L Home WIGAN ATHLETIC 4 - 1 0
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