Johnston the FA Cup hero dies aged 81

PUBLISHED: 10:19 05 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:45 10 September 2010

Highbury heroics: Tommy Johnston shot down the Gunners.

Highbury heroics: Tommy Johnston shot down the Gunners.

Former Norwich City centre-forward Tommy Johnston, hero of one of their greatest FA Cup triumphs, has died at the age of 81. Johnston scored 33 goals in 67 appearances for City between 1952 and 1954, having signed from Oldham.

Former Norwich City centre-forward Tommy Johnston, hero of one of their greatest FA Cup triumphs, has died at the age of 81.

Johnston scored 33 goals in 67 appearances for City between 1952 and 1954, having signed from Oldham.

The Scot is best remembered as the man whose two goals gave the Canaries a giant-killing 2-1 win over Arsenal at Highbury in the FA Cup fourth round in 1954.

Johnston, who played with his left wrist bandaged from a mining accident as a 17-year-old, went on to play for Newport County, Leyton Orient, Blackburn and Gillingham before emigrating to Australia in 1972.

Johnston is Leyton Orient's leading scorer, with 123 goals during two spells with the O's - including a club record 35 league goals in the 1956-57 season.

He was voted the greatest ever Orient player in a 1999 supporters' poll and yesterday the club announced they are to rename their South Stand in his honour.

Orient chairman Barry Hearn said: “We were all saddened to learn of Tommy's death on Tuesday. The club would like to celebrate his memory in a fitting way, so we will be re-naming the South Stand in his honour as a tribute.”

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