Craig Johnston was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 25 June 1960 to Australian parents. They would return home and settle in the northern New South Wales city of Newcastle, where Johnston played his junior football for Lake Macquarie City. At the age of 14, Johnston wrote to several English football clubs seeking a trial. Middlesbrough, managed by Jack Charlton, replied and Johnston's parents sold their house to fund his ticket to England.
As a 15-year-old, Johnston stayed at Middlesbrough for six months, returning to Australia to play briefly for Sydney City in the national league, before moving back to Boro. He made the first team at age 17 with his debut coming against Everton in the FA Cup.
Johnston scored 16 goals in 64 games for Boro before moving to Liverpool in 1981 for £650,000. Known as Skippy, he played under managers Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish. In his 271 appearances for the club, he scored 40 goals and became a fan-favourite with his long curly locks.
As an international, Johnston made some decisions he would later openly admit were errors of judgement. He decided to decline repeated offers to represent Australia and once stated playing for the Socceroos was like "surfing for England". He made two appearances for the England U-21s in the early eighties but never went any further.
His club achievements at Liverpool from 1981 to 1988 were more than enough for the boy from Speers Point in Newcastle. Johnston would win the league five times, the FA Cup, the League Cup twice, the FA Charity Shield and the coveted European Cup (now known as the UEFA Champions League) with the Reds.
This design is for Reds fans and Australians alike.
Craig Johnston 7 T-shirt
- Unisex, regular fit
- Crew neck
- Mid-weight, 180 GSM
- 100% combed cotton
- Neck ribbing, side seamed, shoulder to shoulder tape, double needle hems, preshrunk to minimise shrinkage
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