Greenock Morton F.C.
|Full name||Greenock Morton Football Club|
The Pride of the Clyde
|Capacity||11,589 (5,741 seated)|
|League||Scottish League One|
|2013-14||Scottish Championship, 10th (relegated)|
|Website||Club home page|
Greenock Morton Football Club are a Scottish professional football club, who currently play in the Scottish League One after finishing bottom of the Scottish Championship in 2013-14. The club was founded as Morton Football Club in 1874, making it one of the oldest senior Scottish clubs. Morton were renamed as Greenock Morton in 1994 to celebrate the links with its home town of Greenock.
Morton holds the record for the most promotions and relegations into the top flight (10 promotions and 10 relegations), however they have never competed in the current Scottish Premiership, having last competed in 1988 in the old Scottish Football League Premier Division.
- 1 History
- 2 Colours
- 3 Stadium
- 4 Supporters
- 5 League participation
- 6 Honours
- 7 Records
- 8 Players
- 9 Player records
- 10 Non-playing staff
- 11 Managers
- 12 Scottish Cup Record
- 13 European record
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Morton Football Club was established in 1874. In the early 1870s the popularity of football was growing, with many clubs being established around Scotland. At the club's inaugural meeting, the first recorded words were "that this club be called Morton Football Club". The true reason for the name 'Morton' remains unclear, though the general consensus is that the club was named after the 'Morton Terrace', a row of houses next to the original playing field, where some of the players lived. The name would be altered in 1994 to read 'Greenock Morton Football Club', to celebrate the club's links with its hometown.
Morton were one of the founding members of the old Second Division, formed in 1893. They finished 8th in their first season. Morton first gained promotion to the old First Division in 1899–1900, and finished 4th in their first season there.
Morton's greatest success came when they defeated Rangers 1–0 in the 1922 Scottish Cup Final. Jimmy Gourlay scored the winning goal, direct from a free kick in the 11th minute. Straight after the match Morton boarded a train for Hartlepool to play the local side in a pre-arranged friendly match. The celebrations were delayed until the Wednesday when 10,000 locals turned out at Cappielow Park to celebrate.
Morton have made two other major cup final appearances. On Saturday 17 April 1948, Morton drew 1–1 with Rangers in the Scottish Cup Final. Morton's goal was a free kick scored by Jimmy White. The match was replayed on Wednesday 21 April. This time Rangers won 1–0 after extra time. The goal was said to be highly controversial because it was claimed that Morton goalkeeper Jimmy Cowan was blinded by the flash of a camera. These matches were significant because of the huge crowds they attracted. The first match was played in front of 132,629; the replay in front of 133,750, which was, at the time a British record attendance for a midweek match.
Morton's third and final major cup final to date was in the League Cup and this was played on Saturday 26 October 1963 when Rangers (who Morton have faced in all three final appearances) won by 5 goals to nil(HT: 0–0) in front of 106,000 supporters.
During the Second World War 'guest' players were common at clubs throughout Great Britain. Morton were particularly fortunate in this respect in that two of English football's greatest ever players turned out at Cappielow. Sir Stanley Matthews and Tommy Lawton made several guest appearances for Morton. When Morton reached the 1948 Scottish Cup Final both players sent telegrams wishing good luck to their former club. Matthews simply said 'I am delighted to see Morton reach the final of the Scottish Cup'. Lawton's was more expressive, he said 'Memories of happy days during the war at Cappielow compel me to wish the Morton manager & the boys all the best of luck in their cup final at Hampden'.
To date Morton have played in a European Club Competition once. After finishing 6th in Scotland's top division in 1967–68 Morton qualified for the European Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (now the UEFA Europa League). They were drawn to play Chelsea but were eliminated at the first hurdle after a 5–0 defeat at Stamford Bridge and a 4–3 defeat at Cappielow.
After experiencing financial problems the team was relegated from the First Division at the end of the 2000–01 season after a 6-year stay and was put into administration. The club's financial problems continued and a second successive relegation followed the next season. In season 2002–03, Morton's first ever season in the Third Division, the club's financial situation was resolved by the takeover by chairman Douglas Rae. Rae appointed John McCormack as manager, and the team won the Third Division championship at the first attempt, confirming their position with a 1–0 victory over Peterhead in front of a then Third Division record crowd of 8,497 people.
After a strong start to the 2003–04 season the team fell away after the turn of the year, and finished in 4th place, well outside the promotion places. This came after being 12 points ahead in the Championship race at the half way stage. This led to unfounded allegations that some players had placed large bets on nearest rivals Airdrie United to win the league, which they eventually did.
Jim McInally was announced as McCormack's successor, and in his first season as manager the club failed to gain promotion to the First Division by a single point, finishing behind Stranraer in 3rd place.
Morton failed to gain promotion to the First Division during the 2005–06 season. Finishing 2nd was not enough, as the SFL playoffs meant that only the championship-winning team would be promoted automatically. Gretna won the division, so Morton entered play-offs alongside Peterhead (3rd), Partick Thistle (4th), and Stranraer (9th in Division One.) Morton's first play-off match was against Peterhead, and the Greenock side were defeated 1–0 over two legs, the only goal a penalty in the second match at Balmoor.
Jim McInally resigned on 11 February 2008 after a run of poor results allowed Morton to slip into 9th place in the First Division and was replaced by Davie Irons, with Derek Collins joining him as Assistant Manager. Morton battled relegation for most of the season and survived on the final day with a 3–0 victory against Partick Thistle, to avoid the relegation playoff by a single goal. Irons was sacked in September 2009 and replaced October by James Grady, until the end of the season. Grady was removed from the club in May 2010, and replaced by Allan Moore. Allan Moore was sacked after a 5–1 defeat at home to Livingston on 23 November 2013. His replacement Kenny Shiels was given a contract until the end of season 2014-2015, but failed to reverse the slide towards relegation, which became a reality on 12th April 2014 after a 2-0 away defeat by Alloa Athletic. Shiels resigned after a 10-2 defeat by Hamilton Accies.
The team's home strip is traditionally a blue and white hooped shirt with white shorts and white socks, though season 2006–2007 saw the team playing a blue and white striped shirt with white shorts and blue socks. Short-lived yet distinctive designs have been used over the years, including sky blue and white stripes in the style of the Argentine national team and even a blue Morton tartan. The away strip tends to vary much more; for the 2003–2004 season it was an all yellow outfit, changing in 2004–2005 to all white, which in turn became the 3rd team strip in 2005–2006, with the special re-issue of the blue Morton tartan strip. The sponsor's logo on the strip is that of Millions, a brand owned by the Club Chairman's confectionery concern, Golden Casket (Greenock) Ltd.
Their stadium is Cappielow Park in Greenock, a ground they have occupied since 1879. Cappielow's etymology is allegedly of Scandinavian origin, although details of this are sketchy. The current capacity is 11,589, with 5,741 of these being seated. In December 2008, Morton purchased the Reid Kerr sponsored East stand from local rivals St. Mirren for £50,000, to improve the away end at Cappielow.
The area currently behind the western goal (upon which the new stand will be built) is known as the Wee Dublin End, which contains non-backed bench seating, converted from the old terracing that once stood there. The main stand contains plastic bucket seating to replace the old wooden benches that were a fixture of the ground until the late 1990s. The "Cowshed" lies to the north of the pitch; formerly a fully terraced arena for both home and away supporters (complete with segregation fence down the middle), it is now for home supporters only, with much of the frontal terracing removed, and plastic bucket seats occupying its place. Behind the eastern goal is the "Sinclair Street" end, with uncovered terracing.
Greenock Morton have several supporters' clubs, based in Greenock and the surrounding towns. The main clubs are The Andy Ritchie Travel Club, The Prince of Wales Travel Club, The Greenock Morton Supporters Club, The Albert Hotel Morton Supporters Club and The Spinnaker Hotel Supporters Club;
- First Level: 1900–1927, 1929–1933, 1937–1938, 1946–1949, 1950–1952, 1964–1966, 1967–1975, 1978–1983, 1984–1985, 1987–1988
- Second Level: 1893–1900, 1927–1929, 1933–1937, 1938–39, 1949–1950, 1952–1964, 1966–1967, 1975–1978, 1983–1984, 1985–1987, 1988–1994, 1995–2001, 2007–2014
- Third Level: 1994–1995, 2001–2002, 2003–2007, 2014-
- Fourth Level: 2002–2003
- Scottish Cup
- Winners: 1921–1922
- Runners-up: 1947–1948
- Scottish League Cup
- Runners-up: 1963–1964
- Scottish Challenge Cup
- Runners-up: 1992–1993
- Scottish Premier Division
- Runners-up: 1916–1917²
- Scottish First Division
- Champions: 1949–1950¹, 1963–1964¹, 1966–1967¹, 1977–1978, 1983–1984, 1986–1987
- Runners-up: 1899–1900¹, 1928–1929¹, 1936–1937¹, 2012–13
- Scottish Second Division
- Champions: 1994–1995, 2006–2007
- Runners-up: 2005–2006
- Scottish Third Division
- Champions: 2002–2003
- Renfrewshire Cup
- Winners: 52 times
- Great War Shield
- Winners: 1914
- Southern League Cup
- Runners-up: 1941–1942
- SFL Reserve League South
- Runners-up: 2012–2013
¹ Known as Division II at the time
² Known as Division I at the time
- Best league position – 2nd in First Division (Old) (1916–1917)
- Best Scottish Cup performance – winners (1921–1922)
- Best League Cup performance – runners-up (1963–1964)
- Best Challenge Cup performance – runners-up (1992–1993)
- Victory – 21–0 v Howwood (1886–87 Renfrewshire Cup)
- Defeat – 1–10 v Port Glasgow Athletic (5 May 1894), St. Bernard's (14 October 1933)
- Home attendance – 23,500 v Celtic (1922)
- Goals in one season – Allan McGraw (58 in 1963–1964)
- Most league appearances – Derek Collins (534)
- Most league goals – Allan McGraw (117)
- As of 3 July 2014
First team squad
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Current squad statistics
League Appearances (current squad)
League goals (current squad)
- As of 7 May 2013
Top league goalscorers by season (post war)
|1946–47||Ross Henderson||10||Premier Division|
|1947–48||Tommy Orr||14||Premier Division|
|1948–49||Neil Mochan||13||Premier Division|
|1949–50||Neil Mochan||24||First Division|
|1950–51||Neil Mochan||20||Premier Division|
|1951–52||Alec Linwood||19||Premier Division|
|1954–55||Alec Linwood||14||First Division|
|1955–56||Bob Gibson||33||First Division|
|1956–57||Eddie Beaton||18||First Division|
|1957–58||Eddie Beaton||25||First Division|
|1958–59||Eddie Beaton||33||First Division|
|1959–60||Charlie Stewart||11||First Division|
|1960–61||Billy Craig||11||First Division|
|1961–62||Allan McGraw||16||First Division|
|1962–63||Allan McGraw||29||First Division|
|1963–64||Allan McGraw||51||First Division|
|1964–65||Allan McGraw||12||Premier Division|
|1966–67||Joe Harper||29||First Division|
|1967–68||Joe Mason||15||Premier Division|
|1968–69||Joe Harper||25||Premier Division|
|1969–70||Billy Osborne||11||Premier Division|
|1970–71||Joe Mason||9||Premier Division|
|1971–72||Donald Gillies||9||Premier Division|
|1972–73||Donald Gillies||14||Premier Division|
|1973–74||Hugh McIlmoyle||8||Premier Division|
|1974–75||John Hazel||6||Premier Division|
|1976–77||Andy Ritchie||22||First Division|
|1978–79||Andy Ritchie||22||Premier Division|
|1979–80||Andy Ritchie||19||Premier Division|
|1980–81||Andy Ritchie||8||Premier Division|
|1981–82||Andy Ritchie||6||Premier Division|
|1982–83||James Rooney||7||Premier Division|
|1983–84||John McNeil||17||First Division|
|1984–85||James Gillespie||5||Premier Division|
|1985–86||John McNeil||14||First Division|
|1986–87||Rowan Alexander||23||First Division|
|1987–88||Jimmy Boag||8||Premier Division|
|1988–89||Rowan Alexander||11||First Division|
|1989–90||Rowan Alexander||11||First Division|
|1990–91||Dave McCabe||21||First Division|
|1991–92||Alex Mathie||18||First Division|
|1992–93||Alex Mathie||13||First Division|
|1993–94||Rowan Alexander||11||First Division|
|1994–95||Derek Lilley||16||Second Division|
|1995–96||Derek Lilley||14||First Division|
|1996–97||Derek Lilley||15||First Division|
|1997–98||Warren Hawke||10||First Division|
|1998–99||Kevin Thomas||9||First Division|
|1999–2000||Harry Curran||9||First Division|
|2000–01||Ross Matheson||9||First Division|
|2001–02||Scott Bannerman||8||Second Division|
|2002–03||Alex Williams||23||Third Division|
|2005–06||Derek Lilley||12||Second Division|
|2006–07||Peter Weatherson||15||Second Division|
|2007–08||Peter Weatherson||9||First Division|
|2009–10||Peter Weatherson||10||First Division|
|2010–11||Allan Jenkins||8||First Division|
|2011–12||Peter MacDonald||10||First Division|
|2012–13||Peter MacDonald||14||First Division|
National Player Honours
- 2002–2003 – Alex Williams (SPFA Third Division Player of the Year)
- 1994–1995 – Derek McInnes (SPFA Second Division Player of the Year)
- 1986–1987 – Jim Holmes (SPFA First Division Player of the Year)
- 1984–1985 – Jim Duffy (SPFA Players' Player of the Year)
- 1978–1979 – Andy Ritchie (SFWA Footballer of the Year)
To be included in this list players must have met one of the following criteria...
- Played over 100 league games for Morton
- Scored in a national Cup final
- Managed the club after playing for them
- Been from a nation outwith the British Isles
- Won full international honours
For all Greenock Morton players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:Greenock Morton F.C. players.
|Crawford Rae||Director/Stadium Director|
|Alison Bryce LLB||Director|
|Gillian Donaldson||Chief Executive|
|Arthur Montford||Hon. Vice-President|
|Iain D. Brown C.A.||Hon. Vice-President|
- Only coaches/staff with senior footballing careers have been mentioned.
|Craig McPherson||Assistant Manager|
|David Wylie||Goalkeeping Coach|
|Warren Hawke||Development Officer|
|Tom Elliott||Community Engagement Manager|
|Derek Anderson||Head of Youth Development|
|David Hopkin||Development Squad Manager|
| Derek Allan
Scottish Cup Record
Morton first entered the Scottish Cup in season 1877/1878, and won it once in 1922. Over the course of Morton's time in the competition has changed format six times, to its current format of 8 rounds and a preliminary round.
- Between 2007/08 and 2011/12 there were 8 rounds.
- Between 1970/71 and 2006/07 there were 7 rounds.
- Between 1957/58 and 1969/70 there were 5 rounds plus a preliminary round.
- Between 1954/55 and 1956/57 there were 9 rounds.
- Between 1912/13 and 1953/54 there were 6 rounds.
- Between 1895/96 and 1911/12 there were 5 rounds.
So far Morton have finished the competition in the following rounds, this many times.
- Finals – 2
- Semi-finals – 5
- 1/4 finals – 13
|1968–69||Inter-Cities Fairs Cup||First round||Chelsea||3–4||0–5||3–9|
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