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Howard Johnson 1925-2015

16 June 2015

Another link with our past has sadly passed away. Former player Howard Johnson was born in Pitsmoor in 1925 and was an incredible 25-years-old when he joined United from local club Norton Woodseats.

Johnson was one of that long gone breed of player - he was part-time and a trained accountant - later in life he would be a computer systems analyst.

United made reported donations for his signature of £200 and it would be money well spent. The former Firth Park Grammar School pupil was regarded as being as hard as nails and relished a battle with some famous strikers of that era.

He played his part in the 1952/53 promotion season and was rewarded with a Championship medal - a real fairytale for a local lad playing non league football to such a late age. He also went on to represent York City and was well regarded at Bootham Crescent during his spell with the Minstermen

In recent years, Johnson had moved out to Lincolnshire with his wife and, as a result, United had lost touch with him. All were saddened to hear of his death and offer sincere condolences to his family. His funeral will take place at Hutcliffe Wood on the 1st July at 11.30am.

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