Johnsons aim for football history

SUFFOLK-born Lee Johnson and his dad Gary, the former Newmarket manager will attempt to write their names into English football history today when Bristol City face Hull in the Championship play-off final.

Derek Davis

SUFFOLK-born Lee Johnson and his dad Gary, the former Newmarket manager will attempt to write their names into English football history today when Bristol City face Hull in the Championship play-off final.

The Robins manager and midfielder will become the only father-son duo to achieve promotion from all four divisions should the Avon club be victorious at Wembley.

Johnson junior would stand alone as the only player to have achieved the feat. He was at Yeovil when then they were crowned Conference champions in 2003 and he also collected a League Two winners' medal with the Glovers in 2005.


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The 26-year-old helped City to a second-placed finish in League One last season in his first campaign at Ashton Gate, meaning that all three promotions came under his father.

His dad Gary would emulate the manager of the side his team beat in the semi-finals.

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Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock is currently the only manager to have had clubs promoted from all four divisions.

Warnock guided Scarborough into the Football League in 1987 before achieving back-to-back promotions from the old Division Three and Division Two with Notts County in 1990 and 1991.

Warnock completed the set when he got Plymouth promoted from the fourth tier via the play-offs in 1996.

The young Johnson said: "It would be a magnificent honour and something that would make me and my family very proud.

"I think that just shows how hard it has been to have to prove myself at every level and show that I am good enough.

"I would be very proud if I could get that record, but on the day it won't be about that should we get the right result.

"It would be about the whole squad because if I am lucky enough to have that honour bestowed on me, then I know I would not have been able to do it without my team-mates."

Lee will be hoping the celebrations continue as he becomes a dad, and make his manager a grandfather. Lee's wife Nicola is expecting their first child in a fortnight, a couple of days before his 27th birthday on June 7.

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