Gary Johnson (footballer, born 1959)

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Gary Johnson
Personal information
Full name Gary Jack Johnson[1]
Date of birth (1959-09-14) 14 September 1959 (age 58)
Place of birth Peckham, England
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1981 Chelsea 19 (9)
1980–1983 Brentford 60 (13)
1984–1985 Rangers Johannesburg
1985–1988 Aldershot 75 (20)
Total 154 (42)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gary Jack Johnson (born 14 September 1959) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League for Chelsea, Brentford, and Aldershot.

Johnson was a member of Chelsea’s first team from 1978 to 1981 after joining the club as an 11-year-old in 1970.

In December 2016, as the United Kingdom football sexual abuse scandal evolved, he waived his right to anonymity and claimed he had been abused from the age of 13 by a Chelsea coach, Eddie Heath, and was later paid £50,000 by Chelsea not to go public with the allegations.[2] Chelsea apologised "profusely" to Johnson;[3] the player later demanded further financial compensation from the club.[4]


  1. ^ "Gary Johnson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Gary Johnson says Chelsea paid him £50,000 for silence about abuse". The Guardian. 2 December 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Chelsea apologises 'profusely' to former player over alleged abuse". The Guardian. 3 December 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Gary Johnson demands compensation from Chelsea over sexual abuse claims". The Guardian. 8 December 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 

External links

  • Gary Johnson stats at Neil Brown stat site
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