Johnston Charlie Image 1 Mansfield Town 1937

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Johnston Charlie Image 1 Mansfield Town 1937


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Glasgow born winger Charlie Johnston played junior football for Blantyre Victoria in 1931 before joining Motherwell in 1932, making his first team debut in a 2-1 defeat to Clyde in December 1933 and spending 3 years at Fir Park before heading south to join Second Division Doncaster Rovers after 6 appearances. He made his Football League debut at Bury in January 1936 and scored 3 goals in 37 appearances over his two seasons at Bellevue, however when Doncaster were relegated in 1937 he joined Mansfield Town in the 1937 close season. He scored 5 times in 40 appearances for The Stags in a single season at Field Mill, before returning to Scotland in 1938 to join Dunfermline Athletic, from where he was signed by Glasgow Rangers  for £350 in 1939. However the Second World War interrupted his career, albeit he played for Rangers throughout the wartime period, scoring 68 goals in 206 appearances. In 1942 he played for Scotland against England at Wembley alongside the likes of Bill Shankly and Matt Busby, before joining Queen of the South in 1946, scoring 39 goals in 217 appearances for Queens between 1946 and 1953, retiring from football aged 41. such was his service at Palmerston Park that Queens gave Johnston a testimonial against Rangers in August 1953 which Queens won 3-1.


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