Big game players reveal themselves every September, but few in the competition did so better than Johnston.
In his 18 finals appearances in the Navy Blue, ‘The Dominator’ was a bona fide match-winner during Carlton’s most successful era.
After all, he was the only player to feature in all four of Carlton’s 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1987 Grand Final victories.
So when Carlton came up against its cross-town rivals in the 1988 Qualifying Final, you didn’t have to look further than the guy in the No.7 to rise above the rest to get the Blues over the line.
Despite its status as reigning premiers, Carlton had the underdog moniker heading in, sitting one rung below the Pies at the end of the home and away season.
But the Blues got the jump early, opening with a seven-goal-to-one first quarter to set up what would be triumphant September victory.
Johnston’s classic performance was the instigator for Carlton’s 100th win over the Pies: a win-loss record that still sits in the Blues’ favour today.