Liverpool legend Craig Johnston was honoured by Australia’s elite professional footballers when he became only the third player to receive the prestigious PFA Alex Tobin OAM Medal at the 2009 PFA Alex Tobin awards ceremony hosted with the support of LUCRF Super.
Players to honour Johnston on the night included current and former Socceroos John Aloisi, Tim Cahill, Simon Colosimo, Ante Covic, Harry Kewell, Craig Moore, Paul Okon and Mark Schwarzer. All spoke of Johnston’s inspirational example and how that not only motivated them to become professional footballers but educated them of the tough realities of the profession.
In accepting the award an emotional Johnston spoke of the commitment it takes to make it at the highest echelon of the world’s greatest game.
Johnston was honoured for his remarkable career with Middlesbrough and Liverpool in which he overcame adversity, injury and rejection to forge a 271 game career in the English First Division between 1977 and 1988 before retiring at the remarkably young age of 27.
In so doing, he won 9 major titles with the Reds, including 5 First Division Championships, 2 Football League Cups, the FA Cup and the European Cup. Most famously, he scored the winning goal in the 1986 FA Cup Final when Liverpool became only the third club in the 20th Century to win England’s League/Cup double.
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