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
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.