Foxes A to Z, John Farrington, promotion with skills, legendary status at Northampton Town

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A direct right winger who made his Molineux debut whilst still an apprentice, and later laid on several goals there for Derek Dougan. John was a £ 30 000 Frank O’Farrell purchase who started as he meant to go on, providing a pinpoint centre for Rodney Fern’s goal in his first City match, and soon assisting materially in the 1971 Second Division championship campaign.

With John on the right and Len Glover on the left, City’s quick break style was based on an attack of genuine width and pace, and the Northumbrian piegon fancier’s finishing wasn’t bad, either, with some of his best goals reerved for the Cup competitions.

O’Farrell called back for John when attempting to keep Cardif out of the Third Division, and the winger managed a valuable League hat-trick, a Welsh Cup Final appearance and a European game during his short spell at Ninian Park.

Then former City coach Bill Dodgin took him to Northampton, where a 232 game spell as a chemer ended his 15 year League career. John also briefly managed AP Leamington before that club’s demise, while in January 1992, after a long-term coaching spell, he took over the boss’s role at Barlestone St Giles.


  • Full Name: John Robert Farrington
  • Position: Winger,
  • Date of Birth: 19.06.1947
  • Birthplace: Lynemouth
  • Nation: England
  • Major League Career
    • 1966-69, Wolverhampton Wanderers (34/2)
    • 1969-73, Leicester City (118/19)
    • 1973-74, Cardiff City (23/6)
    • 1974-80, Northampton Town (232/29),

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