Johnson surprised by Northern League selection

Ashington captain Andrew Johnson. Picture by Ian Appleby
Ashington captain Andrew Johnson. Picture by Ian Appleby
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Ashington’s versatile skipper Andrew Johnson admitted at the weekend that he was surprised by his call-up into the Northern League representative squad for the match next week to mark the 125th anniversary of the second oldest league in the world.

Bishop Auckland’s Heritage Park will be the venue on Tuesday, March 25, for a Northern League squad, assembled by Spennymoor Town boss Jason Ainsley, to take on an FA representative side, which includes four players – Nathan Buddle, Matthew Wade, Lewis Horner and Dan Maguire – from Blyth Spartans.

Johnson, who has scored 26 goals for the Colliers this season – operating in both midfield and striking roles – said of his inclusion: “The news came as a pleasant surprise.

“It will be good to be in the company of players whom I have never played with before and will be a good occasion to be part of.”

Also in the party is striker Gavin Cogden - whom Johnson has admired for several years.

“I remember playing for Ashington when Gavin was at Sunderland Nissan and even then he was a top player,” said the 26-year-old.

“Since then he has gone on to achieve everything at our level including being an FA Vase winner with Spennymoor, so it will be great to be in the same side as him.”

Premiership referee Michael Oliver will be in charge of the contest which has a 7.30pm kick-off.