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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: 1969/1970 [Back to Player Stats]
The player made an appearance in the following games:
Date Competition Venue Opponents Score Goals
09/08/1969 League Home BRISTOL ROVERS 0 - 0 0
13/08/1969 Football League Cup / 1 Home OLDHAM ATHLETIC 5 - 1 0
16/08/1969 League Away WALSALL 0 - 4 0
23/08/1969 League Home BARROW 1 - 0 0
27/08/1969 League Away FULHAM 2 - 3 0
30/08/1969 League Away BRADFORD CITY 0 - 1 0
01/10/1969 League Away GILLINGHAM 4 - 2 0
04/10/1969 League Home BOURNEMOUTH 3 - 0 0
08/10/1969 League Home WALSALL 0 - 1 0
11/10/1969 League Away BURY 3 - 4 0
18/10/1969 League Away BARNSLEY 1 - 1 0
25/10/1969 League Home ROCHDALE 0 - 3 0
01/11/1969 League Away TORQUAY UNITED 0 - 0 0
08/11/1969 League Home MANSFIELD TOWN 0 - 1 0
15/11/1969 FA Cup / 1 Away LINCOLN CITY 0 - 2 0
22/11/1969 League Home READING 6 - 2 0
29/11/1969 League Away TRANMERE ROVERS 1 - 0 0
06/12/1969 League Away HALIFAX TOWN 0 - 1 0
13/12/1969 League Home SHREWSBURY TOWN 0 - 2 0
20/12/1969 League Away PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 1 - 1 0
26/12/1969 League Away BARROW 0 - 1 0
10/01/1970 League Away STOCKPORT COUNTY 0 - 0 0
17/01/1970 League Home DONCASTER ROVERS 2 - 2 0
31/01/1970 League Away BOURNEMOUTH 0 - 1 0
06/02/1970 League Home BURY 4 - 0 0
14/02/1970 League Away BRISTOL ROVERS 0 - 2 0
21/02/1970 League Away ROCHDALE 1 - 1 0
28/02/1970 League Home TORQUAY UNITED 4 - 2 0
03/03/1970 League Home BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 2 - 0 0
10/03/1970 League Away ROTHERHAM UNITED 0 - 2 0
14/03/1970 League Home TRANMERE ROVERS 2 - 0 0
17/03/1970 League Home ORIENT 1 - 0 0
21/03/1970 League Away BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 0 - 1 0
23/03/1970 Liverpool Senior Cup Away TRANMERE ROVERS 1 - 2 0
27/03/1970 League Home BARNSLEY 0 - 1 0
28/03/1970 League Home ROTHERHAM UNITED 2 - 1 0
01/04/1970 League Away MANSFIELD TOWN 0 - 5 0
10/04/1970 Northern Floodlit Challenge Cup Away WREXHAM 1 - 1 0
24/04/1970 League Home BRADFORD CITY 1 - 0 0
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