Michael Morrison (footballer)
|Full name||Michael Brian Morrison|
|Date of birth||3 March 1988|
|Place of birth||Bury St Edmunds, England|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre Back / Right Back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:42, 3 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Morrison grew up in Haverhill, Suffolk, attending Castle Manor School, and started his career at Cambridge United where he came through their youth academy and at the age of 15 became the youngest player to ever feature for their reserve side. He made his debut for Cambridge United in October 2005 against Halifax when he was aged 17, and was voted young player of the year for three years in row between 2006 and 2008. He appeared for the England C national football team against Finland in November 2007 and against Wales in May 2008 when England retained the Four Nations Tournament champions title.
Morrison joined Leicester City on 2 July 2008, signing a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee. Pleased at joining Leicester, Morrison believed his transfer was in the best interests of Cambridge, who could've lost him on a free transfer. He saw manager Nigel Pearson as his mentor due to his past experience as a defender. Morrison made his professional debut in a 2–0 win over MK Dons on 9 August, scoring his first goal in a 4–2 win over Huddersfield Town on 24 January 2009. He returned to the first-team line-up in November 2008 after Patrick Kisnorbo was ruled out by injury. Helping Leicester win promotion as champions, he ended their last home game of the season by scoring two goals against Scunthorpe United on 24 April, the night they received the League One trophy.
Happy to fight for a first-team spot in the 2009–10 season, Morrison's squad number was changed from 15 to 4. On 6 October 2009, Morrison signed a two-year contract extension with Leicester, keeping him at the club until June 2012. He scored his first goal of the season in a 2–1 home win over Sheffield United on Boxing Day. Morrison took over the right back role in January 2010, after a poor display from teammate Robbie Neilson.
On 12 July 2011, Morrison joined League One side Charlton Athletic on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee. He quickly established himself as a key member of Chris Powell's team, winning League One Player of the Month for November 2011. He is currently vice-captain at The Valley, having established himself as the team's first choice centre-half during the 2012/2013 Championship campaign, in which the Addicks finished in 9th place. On 24 June 2014, Morrison signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until 2016.
Morrison has represented England at semi professional level during his time at Cambridge United playing for the England C sometimes known as the 'England National Game XI'.
- Leicester City
- Charlton Athletic
- "Michael Morrison profile". Cambridge United FC. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2013. "This towering centre-half played for the reserves at the age of 15 while still a schoolboy and became the youngest-ever Cambridge United to do so."
- "Games played by Michael Morrison in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- "Morrison makes Foxes move". Non League Daily. 1 July 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2008. "The fee for Morrison, who has been voted Cambridge's young player of the year for the past three years, also includes additional payments for appearances and a sell-on clause."
- "Comfortable win for Fairclough's boys". Non League Daily. 15 November 2007. Retrieved 10 August 2008.
- "Joy for Fairclough's boys". Non League Daily. 25 May 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2008.
- "Morrison Moves To Walkers". LCFC.com. 2 July 2008. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- "Morrison pleased with Foxes move". BBC Sport. 2 July 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- "Pearson can be mentor – Morrison". BBC Sport. 24 July 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- "Leicester 2–0 MK Dons". BBC Sport. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2008.
- "Leicester 4–2 Huddersfield". BBC Sport. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2009.
- "Morrison relishes first-team spot". BBC Sport. 12 November 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- "Leicester 2–2 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2009.
- "Morrison happy to fight for place". BBC Sport. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- "Morrison signs new Foxes contract". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 6 October 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- "Leicester City too reliant on Matt Fryatt – Morrison". BBC Sport. 30 December 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- "Injury-hit Bruno Berner misses Leicester City's match at Swansea". Leicester Mercury. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- "Morrison capture complete". Sheffield Wednesday F.C. 7 January 2011. Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- "Addicks move for Morrison". Charlton Athletic. 12 July 2011. Archived from the original on 10 September 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- "Michael Morrison signs new contract". Charlton Athletic FC. 24 June 2014.
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