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Position Goalkeeper
Born 11 Dec 1960, Chesterfield (England)
Height 194 cm
Weight 85 kg
International Caps none

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Leeds United 01 Dec 1978 01 Jul 1983 165 0 £50000
Arsenal 01 Jul 1983 01 Jun 1990 223 0 £1000000
Leeds United 01 Jun 1990 01 Jul 1996 265 0 £0
Arsenal 01 Jul 1996   15 0  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1979 - 1980 33   1   0   3   0  
1980 - 1981 42   2   2   0   0  
1981 - 1982 42   2   2   0   0  
1982 - 1983 29   4   3   0   0  
1990 - 1991 38   6   6   0   4  
1991 - 1992 42   1   5   0   1  
1992 - 1993 39   3   3   5   0  
1993 - 1994 20   0   0   0   0  
1994 - 1995 42   4   2   0   0  
1995 - 1996 28   5   7   4   0  
Total 355   28   30   12   5  

Jabba's Comments

To kill the urban myth first off, John Lukic was not a survivor of the Munich Air Disaster of 1958 (unless his mother had the longest recorded human pregnancy) - although there was a stewardess of that name on the flight. He displaced David Harvey and despite a challenge from a young David Seaman, was Leeds' first choice keeper for 4 years. With Leeds relegated and Lukic keen to press for more recognition, he asked for a transfer and found himself immediately dropped. Arsenal were more than happy to take him off Leeds' hands and he enjoyed great success there in the late 1980s.

Howard Wilkinson brought him back to Elland Road to replace the ageing but popular Mervyn Day, and Lukic had a superb season in 1991-92 as Leeds took the Championship. With the introduction of the backpass rule, both Lukic and his defence suffered, and the chopping and changing of the defence in front of him can't have helped his confidence. He made a couple of horrendous blunders in 92-93 and one in particular sticks out: without an away win in the league all season, we were 1-0 up at Hillsborough with the last few seconds ticking away. Lukic came for it, spilled it and Wednesday equalised. And then there was the famous "floodlight" incident at Ibrox.... Even so, he started the 93-94 season in goal but was replaced by Mark Beeney. He won his place back towards the end of the season and returned to Arsenal when Nigel Martyn was signed. He continued to play for Arsenal, covering for David Seaman in the Champions League and Premier League and acquitting himself well despite his age. He finally retired from playing in summer 2000. He's subsequently done some coaching for Arsenal, but not on a full-time basis and is back in his native Chesterfield.

R Hietaniemi says: Hello! I am a Finnish footie fan and do really love John, the only thing that makes me sorry that his career seems to be over now. I don't ever give up hope to see him somewhere, someday. If someone has significant information about him please email me I would be really happy! (

Richard says: His son John is in my form at Brookfield Community School.

Phil Austin says: john luckic (his son) is my best mate.

S Bacon says: Amy Lukic one of his daughters is in my class at St. Elphins school.

Sarah says: please tell me what john is up to now?

Chris Haggerty says: i am a Leeds fan and have been for years, my hero was always Lukic! i even got a signed pair of is gloves for xmas as my auntie worked at ellend rd! i also once seen him in the co-op in Beeston near Elland Rd!

Sue says: Used to work at Arsenal while he was there and shared a few drinks with him , and others, along the way. Really nice chap and many were sad when he left.

Steve says: was his mother in the munich air disaster, and it was maybe his sister who survived?

dave lavender wit 3 arms says: john was gud fellow a community man his famous saying was suck my bald egg!!!!!

Ray says: i know john well he's a good mate of mine i went 2 his house the other week. i also know mel from the leeds 91 92 team. plus chris, eric, the uva john and rod he wos great with the ball at his feet, a magician. I still remember Johns lil jink oh ah

Kevin says: I remember John from my schooldays at Newbold Green School in Chesterfield. It was the middle of the winter, a time when nobody wanted to be between the sticks, that is except John. He stopped everything that was fired at him, we could never score with him in the opposition's goals. I always knew he would be a pro, but the best thing was to see him play for the team he had been a great fan of for all those years, Leeds United. Good luck with your future coaching career John. All the best KRD.

joe breslin says: oh ar my eggs av hatched that is wat john used to say when we went to the ragleys in sheldon ! what a keeper he was an good luck to him in his new profession - a radio maker at bishop auckland

Mr Asquiff says: i saw john outside the blyth spartans training facilities which are adequate, wen i asked 4 his auotgraph he sed 'ok u dave prinsepp lookey likey'

Joseph Kirk says: I was sat next to him on a train today in sheffield. I didn't talk to him though.

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