Former Liverpool and Everton striker David Johnson dies aged 71

Former Liverpool and Everton striker David Johnson dies aged 71

File photo of former Liverpool and Everton striker David Johnson© Twitter

Former England striker David Johnson, who was the first man to score for both Liverpool and Everton in the Merseyside derby, has died aged 71, it was announced on Wednesday. The BBC reported that Johnson, who scored six goals in eight appearances for England, was suffering from throat cancer. He had two spells at Everton, in between playing for Ipswich under future England manager Bobby Robson and Liverpool during Bob Paisley’s celebrated time at Anfield. In six years with Liverpool from 1976, Johnson scored 78 goals in 213 appearances as well as winning three English titles and the 1981 European Cup.

Former Liverpool forward David Fairclough paid tribute to his former team-mate in a Twitter post, saying: “So sad to hear that my great friend and Liverpool legend David Johnson passed away today.

He used Johnson’s nickname, saying, “Shared many wonderful moments and memories with ‘Jono’. Today is a very sad day. Condolences to all Dave’s family. RIP ‘Doc’.”

A statement from Everton said: “Everyone at Everton Football Club is saddened to learn of the untimely passing of David ‘Doc’ Johnson at the age of 71.

Our thoughts are with David’s family and friends at this time.”

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Born in Liverpool, Johnson began his career at Goodison Park and scored for Everton in the 1971 Merseyside derby.

He was also on target for Liverpool against Everton nine years later. Only Peter Bardsley has repeated the feat.

But the emergence of Liverpool great Ian Rush saw Johnson reduced to a substitute role at Anfield.

He re-joined Everton in 1982, before retiring after four years in the United States with other clubs including the Tulsa Roughnecks.

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