Jovan “John” Lukic was born on 11 December 1960 who played for two spells with Leeds and two spells with Arsenal playing 668 league games in total, across four decades. He was also an England under 21 and England B international.
He played first for Leeds as a schoolboy and then started with the first team in 1979 before transferring to Arsenal in £75,000 as a replacement for Pat Jennings. During this first spell he won the League Cup (1987) and the League title in 1989 (the Liverpool game) and started the move that led to one of the most famous goals of all time.
Having replaced Pat Jennings John himself was replaced by his own understudy from Leeds, David Seaman, George Graham saying, “I still think John Lukic is one of the best keepers in the country; I just think David Seaman is the best”. With Leeds he won a second championship and a runners’ up medla in the League Cup.
Then John was replaced by Nigel Martyn and returned to Highbury as deputy to David Seaman and was on the bench for the 2000 Uefa Cup Final. For his final game he was 39 years 11 months old and reputed at the time to be the oldest player ever to play in a Champions League match.
He now coaches part-time. But his achievements are not just in the numbers above, for he has won the league with two different clubs, and is one of four players to play in the top division in England in four different decades (the others being Peter Shilton, Steve Ogrizovic and Sir Stanley Matthews).
There is a You Tube available of him appearing on Soccer AM.