Roger Johnson (footballer)

Roger Johnson (footballer)

Football player infobox
playername = Roger Johnson


fullname = Roger Johnson
height = height|m=1.92
nickname =
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1983|4|28
cityofbirth = Ashford
countryofbirth = England
currentclub = Cardiff City
clubnumber = 12
position = Defender
youthyears = 1998-2000
youthclubs = Wycombe Wanderers
years = 2000–2006
2006–present
clubs = Wycombe Wanderers
Cardiff City
caps(goals) = 156 (19)
084 0(8)
nationalyears =
nationalteam =
nationalcaps(goals) =
pcupdate = 13:19, 4 October 2008 (UTC)
ntupdate =

Roger Johnson (born April 28, 1983 in Ashford, Surrey) is an English professional football defender, who currently plays for Cardiff City in the Football League Championship.

Career

Wycombe Wanderers

Johnson is a product of the Wycombe Wanderers youth set-up and made his first-team debut for Wycombe in the final game of the 1999/2000 season, aged just 17. He became a first-team regular and was awarded the captaincy of the club when John Gorman took over in November 2004.

Johnson won the 2003/04 Fans' Player of the Year Award and came second the season after with the award being won by striker Nathan Tyson.

Cardiff City

On 4 July 2006, after 182 appearances and 22 goals for Wycombe, he joined Cardiff City for a fee of £275,000, despite their local rivals Swansea City attempting to sign him, including having a £100,000 bid rejected by Wycombe. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/w/wycombe_wanderers/5048474.stm "Swansea bid for Johnson rejected"] BBC Sport Retrieved on 1 November, 2007]

Johnson had a strong first year at Cardiff, and after spending the first six months as a regular substitute, began to form a dominant pairing with Dutchman Glenn Loovens which saw them keep club captain Darren Purse out of the side. In the 2007/08 season he began to grab goals for the side, scoring late winners against Norwich City [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/6963672.stm "Norwich 1 - 2 Cardiff"] BBC Sport Retrieved on 1 September, 2007] in the League and Brighton [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/league_cup/6941839.stm "Cardiff 1 - 0 Brighton (aet)"] BBC Sport Retrieved on 14 August, 2007] in the Carling Cup as well as vital equalisers against Hull City [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/7110782.stm "Hull 2 - 2 Cardiff"] BBC Sport Retrieved on 1 December, 2007] and Preston North End [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/7157326.stm "Preston 1 - 2 Cardiff"] BBC Sport Retrieved on 29 December, 2007] . Johnson scored the second goal of Cardiff's memorable 2-0 away victory over Premier League Middlesbrough in the 2007-08 FA Cup Quarter Final [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/fa_cup/7272793.stm "Middlesbrough 0 - 2 Cardiff"] BBC Sport Retrieved on 9 March, 2008] and his header in the Severnside Derby match against Bristol City in March 2008 was his 7th of the season [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/7298092.stm "Cardiff 2 - 1 Bristol City"] BBC Sport Retrieved on 22 March, 2008] . He also played in all 6 of Cardiff's matches on their way to reaching the FA Cup Final before losing 1-0 to Portsmouth.

The summer transfer window saw prolonged interest in Johnson with both ipswich Town [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/cardiff_city/7441723.stm "Bluebirds reject bids for Johnson"] BBC Sport Retrieved on 10 September, 2008] and West Bromwich Albion [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/cardiff_city/7587639.stm "Cardiff refuse Ledley Stoke talks"] BBC Sport Retrieved on 10 September, 2008] having bids rejected. Despite the interest Johnson remained with the side into the new season although he did see his centre-back partner Glenn Loovens leave to join Celtic, meaning the return to the side of Darren Purse.

Johnson's impressive consistent performances for the Bluebirds have seen him become very popular with the fans and many see him as the future captain of Cardiff City.

Club stats

As of 18 May, 2008

Honours

;Cardiff

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Personal life

Johnson is married to 24 year old Melissa Johnson. She's just made a new workout DVD called 'WAGs Workout'.

References

External links

* [http://www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10335~9907,00.html Roger Johnson player profile] at cardiffcityfc.co.uk
* [http://www.wwfc.com/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10430~9907,00.html Roger Johnson player profile] at wwfc.com
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