Edgar, Johnny

Birth Date

9th April 1936


Worsbrough, Yorkshire



Biographical Text

Johnny Edgar made half-a-dozen league appearances during Exeter City’s 1963/64 promotion season. He joined the club from Hartlepools and later played for Matlock Town. He also appeared for Barnsley, Gillingham and York City (for whom he once scored a hat-trick in six minutes).

Johnny started his career with Barnsley in May 1954 and, after making 22 league appearances and scoring six goals, joined Gillingham in June 1958 where he played 45 league games (23 goals). Joining York City, he scored a hat-trick in six minutes against Accrington Stanley in October 1959 and finished 1959/60 as the club's top scorer with seventeen league goals before suffering a serious injury. Moving to Hartlepools United in June 1961 he netted 31 goals in 72 league outings ahead of signing for Exeter City in July 1963.

Making his Grecians’ debut in the 2-1 win at Bradford City on the opening day of the season, Johnny only made another five league appearances - the last of which was at Tranmere at the end of October 1963 - as City went on to win promotion for the first time in the club’s history.

On leaving St James’ Park in the summer of 1964, Johnny joined Matlock Town and died in Barnsley in February 2008.





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