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Albert Johanneson

Albert Johanneson

Clubs played for: Leeds United, York City (1961-1971)

Born: 1940

Birthplace: Germiston, South Africa

Position: Left winger

Biography: A naturally pacey winger who was recommended to Don Revie and Leeds United by an African schoolteacher. Albert steadly declined in health over the years because of a drink problem and he was found dead in his tower block council flat in the Chapeltown, area of Leeds, in September 1995 after laying undiscovered for some days.

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Johanneson, Albert I remember him coming into The Angel pub in Tadcaster after a game. I offered to buy him a pint, which he accepted. He seemed quite a nice guy and thanked me. He was still at the bar when I left. A sign of things to come, perhaps. I was deeply sad to hear how he died. A very gifted footballer.
01-09-20 Kit Adde

Johanneson, Albert I watched him at Elland Road from about 1963/4 and he really was the best left winger of his generation. Blistering pace, great ball control, creator of many goal scoring opportunities and bagging many himself. A real footballing inspiration to anyone who saw him in the flesh. Sir Alf Ramsey, England's 1966 World Cup-winning manager, later said of him: "There was no comparable footballer of his type in Europe. Maybe George Best."
02-02-20 Phillip Crane

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