Leslie Johnston

Leslie Hamilton Johnston (16 August 1920 – 19 October 2001) was a Scottish footballer who played for Clydebank Juniors, Clyde, Hibernian, Celtic, Stoke City, Shrewsbury Town and the Scotland national team.[2]

Leslie Johnston
Personal information
Full name Leslie Hamilton Johnston[1]
Date of birth (1920-08-16)16 August 1920[2]
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland[2]
Date of death 19 October 2001(2001-10-19) (aged 81)[2]
Place of death Newcastle-under-Lyme, England
Position(s) Inside forward
Youth career
Clydebank Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1941–1947 Clyde 24 (15)
1947 Hibernian 9 (8)
1947–1948 Clyde 30 (17)
1948–1949 Celtic 23 (8)
1949–1953 Stoke City 88 (22)
1953–1954 Shrewsbury Town 16 (6)
Total 190 (76)
National team
1945 Scotland (wartime) 1 (1)
1948 Scotland 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Johnston was born in Glasgow and moved to Clyde from Clydebank Juniors in December 1941 before joining Hibernian in February 1947 for £10,000, a then Scottish football transfer record. However, he rejoined Clyde just eight months later for the same transfer fee. He joined Celtic the following year for £12,000, another Scottish transfer record. He remained with Celtic for just one year, before moving to English club Stoke City for £9,000.[2] He struggled in his first season at the Victoria Ground scoring just five goals in 1949–50.[2] He improved in 1950–51 scoring 13 goals but again struggled to find his form and missed a lot a games due to injury. He was released in May 1953 and he went play for Shrewsbury Town.[2]

International career

During his second spell at Clyde, he earned two caps for Scotland. He scored in the second of his caps, a 2–1 defeat to Switzerland in May 1948. Johnston also played for Scotland in one wartime international.[3]

Career statistics



Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup Total
Hibernian 1946–47 Scottish First Division 53000053
1947–48 Scottish First Division 45005499
Total 9800541412
Celtic 1948–49 Scottish First Division 2381000248
1949–50 Scottish First Division 10004050
Total 2481040298
Stoke City 1949–50 First Division 27510285
1950–51 First Division 3813304113
1951–52 First Division 900090
1952–53 First Division 14400144
Total 8822409222
Shrewsbury Town 1953–54 Third Division South 16610176
Career Total 13744609415248



National teamYearAppsGoals
Scotland 194821


  1. "Les Johnston". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  2. Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.
  3. "Leslie Hamilton Johnston". www.londonhearts.com. London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  4. Leslie Johnston at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  5. Johnston, Les at National-Football-Teams.com