John Johnson is an English professional footballer, who plays mainly as a centre-back for Bengaluru FC. He has played for some prominent teams round the globe, namely Middlesbrough, Tranmere Rovers and Northampton Town.
Born in the suburbs of the South Bank of Middlesbrough, Johnson joined Middlesbrough youth academy at the age of 17 and continued his youth career till he received his professional contract with Middlesbrough in 2008.
His debut and only match with Middlesbrough, was a 5–0 home defeat to Chelsea in the Premier League in October 2008. He came on as a substitute for Jonathan Grounds in the 54th minute.
Later, in an interview, Johnson said that his debut had been the "most inspirational moment" of his life.
In November 2008, he was loaned to Tranmere Rovers until the end of the year.
His first appearance for the new club came in a 2–1 victory against Leeds United the following week and John announced himself as an agile energetic player who can bamboozle any strong attacking opponent. He played five games, four in the league, during his loan spell with Tranmere.
John joined League Two club Northampton Town on a 1 month loan in September 2009.
He made his debut for the club in a 3–0 loss against Shrewsbury Town and on 3 October 2009, he scored the first goal of his professional career in a 2–2 draw against Bradford City.
He again scored in a 4-2 win over Morecambe and due to his incessant successful tenure, he was offered a 2-year contract with the team.
He scored his first goal as a permanent Northampton player in a 2–0 win over Lincoln City. Overall, he made 103 appearances at Northampton and scored eight goals.
On 16 July 2013, Johnson signed for Bengaluru FC of the cash rich Indian I-League, and became the first foreigner in the team's history. His tenure with the team has been a memorable one.
He made his debut in their first ever I-League match on 22 September against established mighty Mohun Bagan, playing the entirety of a 1–1 draw.
In their next match against Rangdajied FC, he scored his first goal in India, leading the team to a 3–0 victory.
He scored his 2nd and 3rd goal in consecutive matches and was instrumental yet again in the team’s victory.
His exceptional contribution earned him award for the Best Defender of the inception season of I-League.