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.
|Full name||Leslie Hamilton Johnston|
|Date of birth||16 August 1920|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Date of death||19 October 2001 81)(aged|
|Place of death||Newcastle-under-Lyme, England|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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. He struggled in his first season at the Victoria Ground scoring just five goals in 1949–50. 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.
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.
|Club||Season||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
|Hibernian||1946–47||Scottish First Division||5||3||0||0||0||0||5||3|
|1947–48||Scottish First Division||4||5||0||0||5||4||9||9|
|Celtic||1948–49||Scottish First Division||23||8||1||0||0||0||24||8|
|1949–50||Scottish First Division||1||0||0||0||4||0||5||0|
|Stoke City||1949–50||First Division||27||5||1||0||—||28||5|
|Shrewsbury Town||1953–54||Third Division South||16||6||1||0||—||17||6|
- "Les Johnston". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
- Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.
- "Leslie Hamilton Johnston". www.londonhearts.com. London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
- Leslie Johnston at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
- Johnston, Les at National-Football-Teams.com