Charlie Johnston (footballer)

Charles Johnston (26 November 1911 – 1991) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as an outside left.[4][3]

Charlie Johnston
Personal information
Full name Charles Johnston[1]
Date of birth 26 November 1911[2][3]
Place of birth Larkhall, Scotland
Date of death 1991 (aged 7980)
Place of death Larkhall, Scotland
Position(s) Outside left
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Blantyre Victoria
1932–1935 Motherwell 6 (1)
1935–1937 Doncaster Rovers 36 (3)
1937–1938 Mansfield Town 36 (4)
1938–1940 Dunfermline Athletic 23 (10)
1940–1946 Rangers 0 (0)
1946–1953 Queen of the South 165 (30)
Total 266 (48)
National team
1942 Scotland (wartime) 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Johnston was in the Scottish Junior Football Association setup with Blantyre Victoria before joining Motherwell in December 1932, but was rarely selected by the Steelmen before departing in 1935.[2][3] He then moved on to play in the English Football League for Doncaster Rovers and Mansfield Town,[1][5] before returning to Scotland to sign for Dunfermline Athletic.[4]

His career was interrupted by World War II, during which time he moved to Rangers for a £350 fee,[6] making over 200 appearances for the Glasgow club and winning several trophies, but these all came in unofficial competitions.[7][8][9] As a result of his good form with the Gers, Johnston was selected to play for the Scotland national football team in an unofficial wartime international fixture against England at Wembley in 1942.[3][10]

In 1946 he joined Dumfries club Queen of the South where he spent seven seasons.[11] With the Palmerston Park club, he picked up the 1951 Scottish B Division title and played in two major domestic cup semi-finals during one of their strongest periods, playing alongside the likes of Jim Patterson, Doug McBain and Roy Henderson.[3]


  1. Charlie Johnston at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  2. "Charlie Johnstone [sic]". MotherWELLnet. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  3. Kirk McLean (23 October 2011). "Charlie Johnstone [sic]". Queen of the South FC. Archived from the original on 15 June 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  4. John Litster (October 2012). "A Record of pre-war Scottish League Players". Scottish Football Historian magazine. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. SoccerData. ISBN 1-899468-67-6.
  6. Former Managers | Sandy Archibald 1939-46, Dunfermline Athletic FC
  7. "[Rangers player] Johnston, Charlie". FitbaStats. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  8. Paul Smith (2011). Aye Ready: Rangers War Heroes (chapter 13: Light Amid The Gloom). Black & White Publishing. ISBN 9781845023713.
  9. "On This Day: 17 May". Rangers FC. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  10. "Charles Johnston". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  11. "Queen of the South: 1946/47 - 2013/14". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. Retrieved 3 June 2020.