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Full Name: Frank Burnard Johnson
Came from: Swindon Town Went to: Swindon Town
First game: 24 April 1909 Last game: 24 April 1909
Appearances: 1 (1/0) Goals: 0
Johnson made one appearance for Argyle, at full-back, in the final game of the 1908-09 season. He had previously played for Swindon Town having been born in the nearby village of Marlborough. The Western Daily Mercury match report of that game against Northampton Town states: "Johnson, the young back from Swindon, was given a trial and did by no means badly." The Western Evening Herald report was not quite as flattering: "Johnson proved himself to be a plucky type of defender, but he undoubtedly lacks pace and weight ... he seldom did anything that stamped him as more than an ordinary player ... his weakness in dealing with the combined efforts of Lewis and Freman threw a tremendous amount of work on Atterbury." Unfortunately nothing else is known about the player.
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From Andrew Chapman (GoS contributor) in Leeds on 07/01/2014 ...
Johnson for many years was one of very few Argyle players for whom no first name was known but was eventually found after dialogue with Paul Plowman, Swindon Town's Historian.
Johnson has never showed on any conventional playing records for Swindon Town but was finally found and identified as Frank. Paul replied to me:
"Have found your man! He was Frank Johnson who was registered as an amateur for our 3rd Team in 1910/11 and 1911/12, so I assume as he was retained he must have played a few games. Having done a quick search, he was born Frank Burnard (sic) Johnson in Marlborough, registered in the Jan-Mar quarter of 1890 and died in Swindon aged 75 in 1965. I was going through an address book looking for someone else - and down at the bottom of the page was 'Johnson Frank: 12 Wells Street or Marlborough', it was then that the penny dropped!".
Mystery finally solved - thanks Paul!
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