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Andy Johnson's Biography

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Andy Johnson was born on 10th February, 1981, in Bedford.

He started his career at Birmingham but failed to secure a regular place in the first team.

He moved to Crystal Palace as part of a swap deal with Clinton Morrison. Despite arriving as an inexperienced youngster, Andy Johnson steadily improved and became a firm favourite with the fans.

Andy Johnson played especially well under the management of Iain Dowie, so much so that in the 2003-04 season in which Dowie joined the club, Johnson was the top-scorer in the Championship and helped to get Crystal Palace promoted to the Premiership.

The 2004-05 season was another good one for Andy Johnson. Not only was he the top English goalscorer in the Premiership but he also made his first England appearance against Holland.

Andy Johnson, Darren Bent and Jermain Defoe are all strikers that were left out of the 2006 World Cup squad by Sven-Goran Eriksson, who opted to take the inexperienced Theo Walcott instead.

In 2006, Crystal Palace failed to gain promotion in the play-offs and Andy Johnson moved to Everton for £8.6million. He started well, not only scoring on his debut, but also putting in a stunning performance against Merseyside rivals, Liverpool. Things were looking up on the international side too - with new England manager, Steve McClaren selecting Andy Johnson for the squad for the Euro qualifiers.

In June 2012, QPR signed Andy Johnson from Fulham.

In 2014, he rejoined Crystal Palace where he had roles as a player, coach, and then ambassador.

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