Samuel Luke “Sam” Johnstone (born 25 March 1993) is an English footballer who plays as goalkeeper for Preston North End on loan from Manchester United. He is the son of Glenn Johnstone, a former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Preston North End in the early 1990s.
Johnstone joined Manchester United at academy level; in the 2010–11 season, he was number one keeper in the academy, where he shared the duties the previous season. He previously worked in a Dulux paint factory. On 26 July 2011, Johnstone joined League One side Oldham Athletic on loan, as both of their first-choice ‘keepers were sidelined by injury. He made two appearances, both in pre-season friendlies; a 0–0 home draw with Burnley and a 1–0 away victory against Fleetwood Town, before returning to his parent club. On 9 September 2011, Johnstone joined League One side Scunthorpe United, on a one-month loan after their first choice keeper Josh Lillis suffered a long-term injury. the following day he made his debut at the Glanford Park in a 1–1 draw to Sheffield United. On 19 October 2011, Johnstone dislocated his finger during a training session, making Scunthorpe United search for an emergency goalkeeper once again. On 10 November 2011, Scunthorpe extended the loan until 9 December 2011, which was then extended to 10 January 2012.
On 20 March 2013, Manchester United agreed for Johnstone to spend the rest of the season on loan to Walsall. Johnstone kept consecutive clean sheets in his first few games and was first-choice goalkeeper during his loan-spell.
On 17 August 2013, Johnstone was loaned to Yeovil Town for a period of three months. He made his debut on the same day in a 2–0 loss to Burnley, but it was later confirmed that Johnstone had suffered a finger injury prior to his debut and returned to Manchester United for treatment.
On 31 January 2014, Johnstone was loaned to Doncaster Rovers for four weeks. With the first-choice keeper Ross Turnbull injured, Johnstone made his debut the following day at the Keepmoat against Middlesbrough. On 4 April 2014, Johnstone agreed a loan extension until the end of the 2013–14 season. On 27 October 2014, Johnstone again joined Doncaster Rovers on loan, initially until January 2015.
On 12 January 2015, Johnstone joined his home-town club Preston North End on loan until the end of the 2014–15 season. On 25 May 2015, Johnstone and PNE won promotion following a 4-0 win over Swindon Town at Wembley in the play-off final.
Johnstone made his debut for the England under-19 team against Slovakia under-19s in September 2010.
He also was part of the victorious England squad at the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship.
On 28 May 2013, he was named in manager Peter Taylor’s 21-man squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He made his debut on 16 June, in a 3–0 win in a warm-up game against Uruguay.
Johnstone’s father is Glenn Johnstone, a former professional footballer who played in The Football League for Preston North End in the early 1990s, in between spells with Lancaster City and Morecambe.
|2011–2012||Scunthorpe United (loan)||12||(0)|
|2013||Yeovil Town (loan)||1||(0)|
|2014||Doncaster Rovers (loan)||18||(0)|
|2014–2015||Doncaster Rovers (loan)||10||(0)|
|2015–||Preston North End (loan)||22||(0)|