Andrew Johnson, the prolific striker known for his remarkable goal-scoring prowess, celebrates his 43rd birthday today. With an impressive tally of 85 goals in just 160 games, Johnson’s legacy remains unmatched.
Johnson’s journey with Crystal Palace began in the summer of 2002 when he joined from Birmingham City. While he made an immediate impact with a crucial winner in the League Cup against Plymouth, his league performances initially struggled to find the same success.
However, perseverance paid off, and Johnson soon found his goal-scoring form. It took ten matches for him to break through in the First Division, but once he did, there was no looking back.
His first goal, scored in a thrilling 2-2 draw against Wimbledon, marked the beginning of an extraordinary goal-scoring spree. Over the next few weeks, Johnson netted an incredible nine goals in four consecutive matches.
One of the defining moments of Johnson’s tenure at Palace came in October 2002 when he delivered a memorable hat-trick against Brighton & Hove Albion. This stellar performance, in a resounding 5-0 victory, not only showcased his talent but also solidified his status as a fan favorite.
Andrew Johnson’s ability to consistently find the back of the net endeared him to the Crystal Palace faithful and left an indelible mark on the club’s history. As he celebrates his birthday, fans fondly remember his remarkable contributions and continue to cherish his legacy as one of the club’s greatest goal scorers