Jemal Johnson

Johnson jersey from Lokomotiv Sofia (2011)

Jemal Pierre Johnson (born 3 May 1985 in Paterson, New Jersey) is an American football player. The extremely responsive winger who can also be used in key offensive positions, until his 22nd birthday was already active in six different English clubs before he gradually became a regular fixture at the Milton Keynes Dons.

Sports career

At the age of five years Jemal Johnson moved his family in tow of the United States into English Macclesfield and received at a young age access to the youth department of Manchester United. An academy training he enjoyed from 2001 at Blackburn Rovers, where he later was both a regular in the U-19 selection as well as in the reserve team and has been adopted in the professional squad in December 2004. He played his first competitive match for the " A- Team " by Einwechselung for Rovers on January 8, 2005 on the occasion of a third- round game in the FA Cup against Cardiff City and had to in his first appearance of the beginning - also in the FA Cup three weeks later - against Colchester United following his first goal. In addition, Johnson came to three half-hour brief appearances in the Premier League. With its additional six goals in 15 games for the Reserveelf was the primary usable on both outer positions " winger " as one of the most promising talents in Blackburn.

However, the jump in the starting eleven of the Rovers was denied him in the season 2005/ 06. Although Johnson had agreed at the beginning of the season still a contract extension, he was mostly only during two short visits to visiting clubs to the course. He played between late October and November 2005, the second division Preston North End, and between March and April 2006 at the fourth division FC Darlington three respectively nine league games.

On August 17, 2006 Johnson signed the second division club Wolverhampton Wanderers a contract for two years, the parties agreed not to disclose as to the amount of the transfer fee. After an optimal cost in the " Wolves ", as Johnson in the first two league games of the 2006/07 season against Burnley and Luton Town succeeded in each of the decisive blow in a 1-0 victory, the rest of the time was marked by disappointments in Wolverhampton. Johnson scored in the following 21 games only one goal and in February 2007 he was given the opportunity to prove himself Players out on loan at second division rivals Leeds United, but even there he often found himself on the substitutes' bench again. Wolves coach Mick McCarthy put Johnson on his return on the transfer list and was held on 31 August 2007, with the fourth division Milton Keynes Dons a buyer.

During his nine club presented " JJ " especially its strengths in counter attacks demonstrated, scored all of his eight goals during the ascent season 2007/ 08 at away games and won by a 2-0 final victory against Grimsby Town with the Football League Trophy its first national Title. With 22 tool changes in 39 league games, however, he remained as "complementary player," as in the following season 2008/09. Nevertheless, he signed in July 2009, after prolonged contract poker at the now active in the third-tier Football League One club a new contract for another two years and started the 2009/10 season as a regular player.


  • Football League Trophy: 2008