Tom Johnston (footballer)

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Tom Johnston
Personal information
Full nameThomas Deans Johnston [1]
Date of birth(1918-12-30)30 December 1918 [1]
Place of birth Coldstream, Scotland [1]
Date of death 27 November 1994(1994-11-27) (aged 75) [1]
Place of death Nottingham, England [1]
Position(s) Winger
Senior career*
–1938 St Bernard's
1939–1940 Peterborough United 30 (23)
1944–1948 Nottingham Forest 64 (26)
1948–1956 Notts County 267 (88)
Teams managed
Heanor Town
1958–1962 Rotherham United
1962–1964 Grimsby Town
1964–1968 Huddersfield Town
1968–1975 York City
1975 Huddersfield Town (general manager)
1975–1977 Huddersfield Town
1977 Huddersfield Town (general manager)
1977–1978 Huddersfield Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Deans Johnston (born 30 December 1918 – 27 November 1994) was a Scottish professional footballer and manager.


Johnston grew up in Kelso and began his senior career with Edinburgh side St Bernard's before moving south to join Peterborough United in late 1938. He guested for Bourne Town and Northampton Town during the Second World War and signed for Nottingham Forest upon its conclusion. He crossed the Trent to join Notts County in 1947 and played alongside Tommy Lawton.

Originally an inside forward, Johnston latterly developed into a goal-scoring outside left. Following his playing retirement he earned FA coaching qualifications and, in 1956, a coaching position with Birmingham City. His first managerial role was with non-league Heanor Town before a twenty-year career in charge of Rotherham, Grimsby, Huddersfield and York.

Managerial statistics

Rotherham United Flag of England.svg 1 November 19581 July 196217963674935.19
Grimsby Town Flag of England.svg 1 July 196231 October 196410630443228.30
Huddersfield Town Flag of England.svg 1 October 196431 May 196816471534043.29
York City Flag of England.svg 1 October 19686 January 19752951061058435.93
Huddersfield Town Flag of England.svg 23 December 197531 July 19777331202242.46
Huddersfield Town Flag of England.svg 29 September 19771 October 19784818181237.50

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