About _aj

Andy Johnson signed for his home town club Wigan at the age of seventeen. He made his way up through the reserves and played close to a hundred first team games for Wigan playing both in the backs and the forwards.

AJ scored two tries on his Wigan debut and went on to play in two Premiership finals with his highlight being a try scoring appearance on the wing in 1997 at Old Trafford. In the 1997 season Andy played for Wigan in the World Club Challenge Series against their Australian counterparts scoring in the opening fixture against the Canterbury Bulldogs. He finished the season with a total of seventeen tries in 1997 which took him to 9th highest scorer in the league.

On the first day back of the 1998 season he had the misfortune of rupturing his achillies tendon and missed the whole of the 1998 campaign.

AJ then made his way to the capital after he was approached by John Monie and signed a two year deal for the London Broncos. Andy set off to london with fellow Wigan team mate John Clarke and set up home with their old team mate Shaun Edwards.

As much as Andy enjoyed the rugby he made the decision to head back up north to sign a two year deal with the Castleford Tigers. Andy played the whole season in the centres in 2000 and narrowly missed out on a Challenge Cup final appearance by losing to Wigan 20-12 in the semi-final. His playing career ended as a result of a recurring back injury 14 months into a two year contract at Salford City Reds where they narrowly missed relegation.

AJ now lives and works in his home town with his wife Alex and their two children Jack and baby James. His new focus is in raising awareness and money in order to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and, together with a dedicated group of friends from the Rugby League community and beyond, he is doing just that, one day at a time.