17th September 1941
David Johnston, son of Scottish international Bert Johnston who won the FA Cup with Sunderland in 1937, made ten appearances for Exeter City in the early-1960s after signing from Leicester City. He subsequently played for Stockport County.Leicester City gave Johnston his first professional contract in February 1960, the 18-year-old having previously played for Bishop Auckland, Sunderland Boys and Durham County. He never played a league game for Leicester though and was given a free transfer and the end of the 1961-62 season.
Moving to Exeter City in May 1962, the Grecians’ boss Cyril Spiers then pursuing a youth policy for the first team, Johnston made his debut in a disappointing opening day of the season home defeat against Torquay United. Although he featured in in the first five matches, Johnston never had a run of games in the team after that, just playing on the odd occasion.
It was no surprise when he left the club in July 1963 to sign for Stockport County. Although again, he only stayed for one season, Johnston featured in 26 league matches for the Edgeley Park club.