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Andrew Johnson

 

Clubs: Birmingham City, Crystal Palace, Everton

International honours: England
Caps while at Palace: 2

A neat, inventive, hugely industrious attacking player, Andrew joined the Eagles in the summer of 2002 as a component in the deal which took Clinton Morrison to Birmingham City.

Andrew quickly demonstrated his qualities for Palace fans to admire while he will long be remembered at Selhurst Park for sequences of goalscoring that were quite outstanding.

The first one of these established a unique record at the club. By the time Andrew notched a brace of goals in the 3-0 League Cup win over Coventry City in early November 2002 he had scored 10 times in just five games, including hat-tricks in consecutive league matches. Then in 2003/04 he produced another spell of intense goalscoring when in 10 league games from early December he scored 14 times.

Andrew finished the 2003/04 season as the Football League's top scorer with 28 and picked up the club's Player of the Year award as well as the Player of the Year award for the Nationwide League.

It was hard to imagine how the 2004/05 season could be any better for Andrew but he went on to score 21 Premiership goals to finish second in the list of top-flight scorers. His tally was the highest by a Palace player in the top-flight and his form also attracted the attention of England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson who made Andrew the first Palace player since Nigel Martyn in 1992 to represent England. Andrew's contribution to the club that season was recognised with a second successive Player of the Year award making him only the seventh man to win the award more than once and only the second to win it two years in a row.

The following season Andrew surprised many by electing to stay at the club, but despite scoring regularly he was unable to help Palace to another promotion. He had finshed as top scorer for the third season in a row and with many Premiership clubs after his signature during May he moved to Everton in a club record deal worth £8.6m.  

Statistics

Player of the Year: 2004, 2005

 

Games

Goals

2002/2003

34

14

2003/2004

49

32

2004/2005

38

21

2005/2006

39

17

Total

160

84

Source: The Men Who Made Crystal Palace, Rev. Nigel Sands (Tempus 2004)

Andrew Johnson in action against Middlesbrough

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