Hall of Fame No. 27

Martin Johnson was full of flair in a golden era for goalscorers

Martin Johnson (Striker, 1978 - 83)

If I stand by the pitch at the DWB Stadium and close my eyes, I can still hear that unmistakeable South Yorkshire accent yelling: "Maaaark!"

That's just one of my fond memories of the flamboyant attacker Martin Johnson.

He was a revelation when he joined a Boston FC side which was already brimming with talented players in 1978-79.

But more than that, he was a real character - a fierce competitor who played with his heart on his sleeve. He wasn't averse to giving an earful to one of his fellow strikers if he felt they should have passed to him rather than shooting themselves.  

Often it was Mark Cox on the receiving end. But no wonder our strikers were jostling for chances in those days - Bob Don-Duncan frequently had the luxury of fielding Johnson, Cox and Nick Mallinder all at the same time.

Martin was actually a much more quietly-spoken person of the pitch. He let his playing do his talking for him, by and large.  

And his record remains one of the most impressive in the club's history - a total of 111 goals over five seasons making him one of only a handful of players to have achieved a century of goals. He wasn't just a poacher either but created plenty of changes for others.

League debut: 19 August 1978 - Retford 3, Boston 1


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