|Debut:||24-Aug-30, League, (H) v. Waterford|
The majority of the 1930-31 squad were in their club debut season with most of the newcomers coming from Irish League clubs. Ex-Portadown Dicky Johnstone was allocated the left half spot, alongside Jack Slowey (ex-Bangor) at right half and Ebor Reed (Ex-Derry City) in the middle, and this almost ever-present half back line powered the team to its most successful season since joining the League.
Dicky lined out in every game, in a season that delivered Runner Up spot in the League and the club’s first FAI Cup final, losing controversially to Shamrock Rovers after a replay. In its Cup final preview Sport described him as a “half-back of the working type and plays strongly all the way. He can dribble cleverly and look after the needs of the men in front far better than half-backs with bigger reputations.”
With the acquisition of centre half Albert Harrison in the following season, Ebor Reed moved to left half and Dicky joined the reserves. His 1931-32 appearances were at right full back after the Christmas departure of Andy McCluggage.
For the Championship-winning 1932-33 year, Dicky lined out at centre-half through the opening 5-match unbeaten League sequence, but after a poor performance against Shamrock Rovers Barney Duffy was drafted in and Dicky reverted to a stand-by role for the rest of the season. He later played with Glentoran (1934-35) and Newry (1935-36).
What They Said About Him
In its Cup final preview Sport described him as a “half-back of the working type and plays strongly all the way. He can dribble cleverly and look after the needs of the men in front far better than half-backs with bigger reputations.”
1 Win: League 1932-33.
3 Runners Up: League and FAI Cup 1930-31; Shield 1932-33.