Clinton Morrison

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Clinton Morrison
Personal information
Full name Clinton Hubert Morrison[1]
Date of birth (1979-05-14) 14 May 1979 (age 35)[2]
Place of birth Tooting, England[2]
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Free agent
Youth career
1996–1998 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Crystal Palace 157 (61)
2002–2005 Birmingham City 87 (14)
2005–2008 Crystal Palace 124 (41)
2008–2010 Coventry City 91 (21)
2010–2012 Sheffield Wednesday 54 (7)
2011 Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 6 (3)
2012 Brentford (loan) 8 (0)
2012–2014 Colchester United 65 (4)
National team
2000 Republic of Ireland U21 2 (0)
2001–2006 Republic of Ireland 36 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:51, 3 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:10, 7 January 2013 (UTC)

Clinton Hubert Morrison (born 14 May 1979) is an English-born Irish footballer who plays as a forward. He has represented Republic of Ireland 36 times at full international level, and made their squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.[3] He is currently a free agent.

Morrison began his career at local side Crystal Palace in 1998, for whom he scored over 100 goals, despite a less successful period at Birmingham City.

Club career[edit]

First spell at Crystal Palace[edit]

Morrison began his career at Crystal Palace of the First Division, making his debut on 10 May 1998 as an 82nd-minute substitute for Neil Shipperley, and scoring the injury-time winner over opponents Sheffield Wednesday. The next season (1998–99, his first full year-long tenure at the club) saw him score 13 goals, while Palace were struggling both on and off the pitch. Whilst they were in administration, Morrison agreed to play for the club for free.

In 1999–2000, he played more than 30 games, and scored 14 goals, including his only brace of the season at Swindon Town.

His 2000–01 saw 14 goals, but the next season he scored 26 goals, and transferred to Premier League side Birmingham City.

Birmingham City[edit]

With a tricky relationship becoming clear between Morrison and Trevor Francis, then Palace manager, it was Birmingham City who fought and won his signature, for £4.25 million, in exchange for Andrew Johnson. However, Morrison struggled somewhat in the top league, scoring only six goals in his first, and four goals in his second season. However, following a spell on the sidelines with injury, during the 2004–05 season he began to form a decent strike partnership with Emile Heskey.

Return to Crystal Palace[edit]

Due to pressure for first team places Morrison left Birmingham on 24 August 2005. Palace agreed a £2 million fee for the 26-year-old, who was also linked with Norwich City and Southampton. He claimed that a large part of his decision to return (besides his love for the club) was, ironically, due to being able to play alongside Andrew Johnson, the man Birmingham had originally swapped to get Morrison.[citation needed]

Morrison had a successful first season back at Palace, alternating with former strike-partner Dougie Freedman in playing alongside Johnson, scoring 13 goals in 33 starts and 8 substitute appearances.

In season 2007–08, Morrison started the season brightly scoring twice in the first three games, taking himself to 99 goals in his Palace career, however the 100th goal became an albatross round his neck, and manager Peter Taylor dropped him from the starting line up for several games. It was under new manager Neil Warnock that Morrison eventually scored his 100th Crystal Palace goal in the London derby against Queens Park Rangers (a club he has a knack for scoring against)[citation needed] on 10 November 2007, with an 88th minute equaliser, making him the eighth player in the club's history to reach this milestone. He was given a Special Achievement Award to mark this feat at the end of the season's "Player of the Year" ceremony.

After breaking the 100th goal deadlock, Morrison hit a purple patch of scoring, and he finished his Palace career with 113 goals in all competitions for the club, the fifth-highest of any player in the club's history. He scored on the final day of the 2007–08 season in a 5–0 win over Burnley that confirmed Palace's play-off place. This meant that he had scored in his first and last league games for the club.

This was Morrison's last season at Palace, with his contract expiring at the end of the season. Morrison wanted to stay at Palace but manager Neil Warnock said that Morrison would have to fight for his place in the starting line-up. Morrison then took a higher wage offer to move to Coventry City.

Coventry City[edit]

In July 2008 Morrison trained with Coventry City and accompanied them on their pre-season tour of Switzerland.[4] He signed a two-year deal with the club on 7 August 2008.[5] He wore the number 19 shirt during the 2008/09 season with a plus sign between the 1 and 9 (appearing on the back of his shirt as 1+9).[citation needed] The reason for this being that 1+9 equals 10, which was the number Morrison played with whilst at Palace.[citation needed] He changed to wearing number 11 for 2009/10.

At the end of the 2009–10 season, Morrison said he was keen to sign a new contract with the club, but Coventry City told him he was surplus to requirements and he was subsequently released.[6][7]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

In July 2010, Morrison signed a two-year contract with Sheffield Wednesday, newly relegated to League One.[8] He scored on his league debut for the Owls in a 2–0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge.[citation needed] Morrison struggled to keep his place in the team towards the end of the season after new manager Gary Megson arrived, as Gary Madine and loan signing Neil Mellor kept him out of the side.

In September 2011, Morrison signed for Milton Keynes Dons on a one-month emergency loan.[9] On his third appearance for the Dons he scored his first goal for the club, against Notts County on 1 October, as well as making one assist.

He joined League One club Brentford in March 2012 on loan until the end of the season.[10]

Wednesday released Morrison at the end of the 2011–12 season.[11]

Colchester United[edit]

On 16 July 2012, Morrison signed a two-year deal with League One side Colchester United following his release from Sheffield Wednesday.[12] He went on to make his debut for the U's in a 3–0 League Cup defeat away at Yeovil Town,[13] before leading the line to begin the new Football League season four days later in a 0–0 draw at Deepdale against Preston North End.[14]

Morrison's first goal for Colchester arrived towards the end of August in the third game of the season, as his late equaliser salavaged a 1–1 draw for the U's; their third successive draw to start the season. Morrison celebrated the goal by running the length of the pitch with his hands cupped behind his ears to taunt the Sheffield United fans who, throughout the game, had been doing likewise to the striker for his connections with their city rivals, Wednesday.[15]

Joe Dunne took over as the U's boss at the end of September and immediately brought in Jabo Ibehre on loan from MK Dons, with the loanee displacing Morrison from the starting eleven and consigning him to the bench. Dunne's fourth game in charge was a Football League Trophy defeat to Northampton Town where Morrison was handed a start, but he was dismissed for violent conduct in the closing stages of the game which would suspend the striker for three matches.[16]

The impressive form of Ibehre ensured that Morrison only started four more games for the U's until March, when injury to Freddie Sears created a hole in attack. This was coupled with Ibehre receiving a three-match suspension[17] and Morrison went on to spearhead the U's attack once more, providing crucial experience in Colchester's bid for League One survival. In his fourth successive start, he notched his second U's goal in a 2–1 win away at Bury; a vital match-winning goal in a crunch relegation fixture.[18]

Morrison registered his first goal of the 2013–14 campaign on 30 November, scoring an injury-time consolation goal against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park to bring his U's tally to three goals in 50 appearances in all competitions.[19] He scored his second of the season late-on during a 3–0 win against Gillingham on 11 January 2014.[20] Morrison announced in the latter stages of the season that he would leave Colchester once his contract expired in the summer..[21] He played his final game for the U's in their 1–0 away victory over Walsall on 3 May 2014.[22]

International career[edit]

Apart from England, the country of his birth, Morrison was also eligible to represent Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the Republic of Ireland. He chose to play for Ireland, qualifying for that country because his grandmother was from Dublin.[3]

Morrison made his debut for Ireland in a 2–2 draw on 15 August 2001 against Croatia; he entered the game as a 52nd-minute substitute and scored the second Ireland goal.[23] He also travelled to the 2002 World Cup, but did not play.[24]

Morrison's international career began to gain momentum during his time at Birmingham City. He scored his first competitive international goal in a 4–2 European Championship qualifying defeat to Russia in Moscow in September 2002.[25] Morrison later became a key part of the side as the Republic competed for a place at World Cup 2006. He scored three goals in the qualifying campaign, but Brian Kerr's side finished fourth in a tight group that included Switzerland, France and Israel.[25][26]

Despite scoring in 11 out of 14 games for Palace, he was not called into the Ireland squad to face Brazil in a friendly in February 2008. However, his continued good form with Palace led to him being recognised by Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni in his first provisional 40-man squad, though he did not make it to the 28-man squad.[27][28]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 3 May 2014.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Crystal Palace 1997–98[29] Premier League 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
1998–99[30] First Division 37 12 1 0 3 1 41 13
1999–2000[31] First Division 29 12 0 0 4 2 33 14
2000–01[32] First Division 45 14 2 1 9 4 56 19
2001–02[33] First Division 45 22 1 0 3 2 49 24
Total 157 61 4 1 19 9 180 71
Birmingham City 2002–03[34] Premier League 28 6 1 0 1 0 30 6
2003–04[35] Premier League 32 4 4 1 1 0 37 5
2004–05[36] Premier League 26 4 2 0 1 1 29 5
2005–06[37] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 87 14 7 1 3 1 97 16
Crystal Palace 2005–06[37] Championship 40 13 1 0 2 0 1[a] 0 44 13
2006–07[38] Championship 41 12 2 0 1 0 44 12
2007–08[39] Championship 43 16 1 0 1 0 2[a] 0 47 16
Total 124 41 4 0 4 0 3 0 135 41
Coventry City 2008–09[40] Championship 45 10 5 0 2 2 52 12
2009–10[41] Championship 46 11 2 0 1 0 49 11
Total 91 21 7 0 3 2 101 23
Sheffield Wednesday 2010–11[42] League One 35 6 5 5 2 0 4[b] 0 46 11
2011–12[43] League One 19 1 4 1 2 1 1[b] 0 26 3
Total 54 7 9 6 4 1 5 0 72 14
MK Dons (loan) 2011–12[43] League One 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3
Brentford (loan) 2011–12[43] League One 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Colchester United 2012–13[44] League One 32 2 1 0 1 0 1[b] 0 35 2
2013–14[45] League One 33 2 1 0 1 0 1[b] 0 36 2
Total 65 4 2 0 2 0 2 0 71 4
Career total 592 151 33 8 35 13 10 0 670 172
  1. ^ a b Appearance in Football League play-offs
  2. ^ a b c d Appearance in Football League Trophy

International[edit]

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Republic of Ireland national team
Year Apps Goals
2001 3 1
2002 6 2
2003 6 2
2004 10 2
2005 8 2
2006 3 0
Total 36 9
Scores and results list Ireland's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored (Tally)
15 August 2001 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Croatia 2–2 Friendly Match 1 (1)
27 March 2002 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Denmark 3–0 Friendly Match 1 (2)
7 September 2002 Dinamo Stadium, Moscow  Russia 2–4 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying 1 (3)
12 February 2003 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Scotland 2–0 Friendly Match 1 (4)
19 August 2003 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Australia 2–1 Friendly match 1 (5)
4 September 2004 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Cyprus 3–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification 1 (6)
8 September 2004 St. Jakob Park, Basel  Switzerland 1–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification 1 (7)
26 March 2005 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan  Israel 1–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification 1 (8)
29 March 2005 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  China PR 1–0 Friendly match 1 (9)

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