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Ray Johnston
Nationality: Eng
Rovers apps (gls)1: 1 (0)
Date of birth: 5 May 1981
Place of birth: Bristol
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Position: Goalkeeper
Date joined: August 1998
Joined from: Youth
Date left: 31 May 2000
1 League appearances and goals only.

Ray Johnston is a goalkeeper who came through the Rovers youth system. He earned his first professional contract with the Pirates and spent two years in the first team squad, although chances were limited and he made just a single appearence, playing in a 4-3 Division Two victory over Macclesfield Town at the end of the 1998-99 season. He was released at the end of the 1999-00 season.



After his single appearance for Rovers he was released into the non-league system and he played for a number of local sides. From Rovers he joined Weston-super-Mare, and from there he went on to Frome Town, Bath City, and Bishop Sutton. After this he moved to Clevedon Town, where he established himself as first choice keeper at the Hand Stadium, before returning to Frome, then going to Gloucester City and Tiverton Town.[1]

In September 2008 Ray was released by Tiverton after a year at the club due to injury problems, after snapping an achilles tendon and then injuring his ankle during pre-season training. This along with the arrival of Steve Book at Ladysmead meant that they decided to dispense with his services.[2] Following this he joined Highridge United as a player/coach, but his ongoing injury problems kept his playing time to a minimum. He also made two appearances for Downend Foresters in Division Two of the Bristol & Suburban League during the 2010–11 season.

After venturing into the world of management for the first time with Portishead Town in 2011 he had three outings as player-boss during his first season in charge, and even made a crucial penalty save in a 2–1 victory over Shepton Mallet on 15 October.

Career stats[]

Season Club League
Apps Goals
1998–99 Bristol Rovers 1 0
1999–00 Bristol Rovers 0 0


Ray was appointed as manager of Western League Division One side Portishead Town in April 2011, formally taking over for pre-season training in the summer of 2011.

He guided Portishead to a respectable 12th-place finish in Division One of the Western League in his first season in football management, leading to him being headhunted by Western League Premier Division side Wells City in June 2012.

Unfortunately for Ray, many of the previous season's players had left Wells before his arrival, and he struggled to attract enough players of sufficient quality to the club for them to be able to compete in the Western League Premier Division, resulting in their eventual relegation. Ray resigned as manager at the end of the season after a year in charge.

Managerial stats[]

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Portishead Town Eng England April 2011 June 2012 36 12 8 16 33.33
Wells City Eng England June 2012 May 2013 38 7 6 25 18.42


  1. Ray Johnston. The T-Ender. Retrieved on 5 September 2008.
  2. Keeper Ray is released from Ladysmead. This is Exeter (5 September 2008). Retrieved on 5 September 2008.