Michael Morrison (footballer)

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Michael Morrison
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Personal information
Full name Michael Brian Morrison
Date of birth (1988-03-03) 3 March 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Bury St Edmunds, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back / Right back
Club information
Current team
Birmingham City
(on loan from Charlton Athletic)
Number 28
Youth career
2004–2005 Cambridge United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Cambridge United 108 (3)
2008–2011 Leicester City 77 (5)
2011 Sheffield Wednesday 12 (0)
2011– Charlton Athletic 136 (6)
2014– Birmingham City (loan) 4 (0)
National team
2006–2008 England C 8 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:24, 23 November 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael Brian Morrison (born 3 March 1988) is an English footballer who plays for Birmingham City, on loan from Charlton Athletic, where he is vice-captain. He plays as a centre-back but can also play as a right-back.

Career[edit]

Cambridge United[edit]

Morrison grew up in Haverhill, Suffolk, attending Castle Manor School.[citation needed] He started his football career with 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.[1] He made his debut for Cambridge United in October 2005 against Halifax Town when he was aged 17,[2] and was voted young player of the year for three years in row between 2006 and 2008.[3] 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.[4][5]

Leicester City[edit]

Morrison joined Leicester City on 2 July 2008, signing a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[6] Pleased at joining Leicester, Morrison believed his transfer was in the best interests of Cambridge, who could have lost him on a free transfer.[7] He saw manager Nigel Pearson as his mentor due to his past experience as a defender.[8] Morrison made his professional debut in a 2–0 win over Milton Keynes Dons on 9 August,[9] scoring his first goal in a 4–2 win over Huddersfield Town on 24 January 2009.[10] He returned to the first-team line-up in November 2008 after Patrick Kisnorbo was ruled out by injury.[11] 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.[12]

Morrison playing for Leicester City in a pre-season friendly, 24 July 2010

Happy to fight for a first-team spot in the 2009–10 season,[13] 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.[14] He scored his first goal of the season in a 2–1 home win over Sheffield United on Boxing Day.[15] Morrison took over the right back role in January 2010, after a poor display from teammate Robbie Neilson.[16]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

On 7 January 2011, Morrison signed for Sheffield Wednesday on a three-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[17]

Charlton Athletic[edit]

On 12 July 2011, Morrison joined League One side Charlton Athletic on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[18] 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 2012–13 Championship campaign, in which the Addicks finished in ninth place. On 24 June 2014, Morrison signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until 2016.[19]

On 31 October 2014, Morrison joined Birmingham City on a two-month emergency loan.[20] He went straight into the starting eleven for the following day's goalless draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers.[21]

International career[edit]

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'.

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.[4][5]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 22 November 2014
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cambridge United 2005–06[2] Conference Premier 22 2 1 0 4[a] 2 27 4
2006–07[22] Conference Premier 46 1 1 0 1[b] 0 48 1
2007–08[23] Conference Premier 40 0 5 0 2[c] 0 47 0
Cambridge United total 108 3 7 0 7 2 122 5
Leicester City 2008–09[24] League One 35 3 3 0 2 0 3[d] 0 43 3
2009–10[25] Championship 31 2 2 1 2 0 35 3
2010–11[26] Championship 11 0 4 1 15 1
Leicester City total 77 5 5 1 8 1 3 0 93 7
Sheffield Wednesday 2010–11[26] League One 12 0 3 0 15 0
Charlton Athletic 2011–12[27] League One 45 4 3 1 1 0 1[d] 0 50 5
2012–13[28] Championship 44 1 1 0 0 0 45 1
2013–14[29] Championship 45 1 5 1 1 0 51 2
2014–15[30] Championship 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
Charlton Athletic total 136 6 9 2 4 0 1 0 150 8
Birmingham City (loan) 2014–15[30] Championship 4 0 4 0
Career total 337 14 24 3 12 1 11 2 384 20
  1. ^ Three appearances and one goal in the Football League Trophy, one appearance one goal in the FA Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance in the FA Trophy
  3. ^ One appearance in the FA Trophy, one in the Football Conference play-offs
  4. ^ a b Appearance(s) in the Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Leicester City
Charlton Athletic
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michael Morrison profile". Cambridge United F.C. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. "This towering centre-half played for the reserves at the age of 15 while still a schoolboy and became the youngest-ever Cambridge United player to do so." 
  2. ^ a b "Games played by Michael Morrison in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
    One FA Cup and one FA Trophy appearance not included in Soccerbase source:
    "Weymouth vs Cambridge". Cambridge United F.C. 22 October 2005. Archived from the original on 18 December 2010. 
    "Robinson stuns United". Dorset Echo. 19 December 2005. Retrieved 23 December 2005. 
  3. ^ "Morrison makes Foxes move". Non League Daily. Archived from the original on 19 September 2011. "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." 
  4. ^ a b "Comfortable win for Fairclough's boys". Non League Daily. 15 November 2007. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Joy for Fairclough's boys". Non League Daily. 25 May 2008. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Morrison Moves To Walkers". Leicester City F.C. 2 July 2008. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Morrison pleased with Foxes move". BBC Sport. 2 July 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Pearson can be mentor – Morrison". BBC Sport. 24 July 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Leicester 2–0 MK Dons". BBC Sport. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2008. 
  10. ^ "Leicester 4–2 Huddersfield". BBC Sport. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2009. 
  11. ^ "Morrison relishes first-team spot". BBC Sport. 12 November 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Leicester 2–2 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2009. 
  13. ^ "Morrison happy to fight for place". BBC Sport. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Morrison signs new Foxes contract". BBC Sport. 6 October 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "Leicester City too reliant on Matt Fryatt – Morrison". BBC Sport. 30 December 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Injury-hit Bruno Berner misses Leicester City's match at Swansea". Leicester Mercury. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Morrison capture complete". Sheffield Wednesday F.C. 7 January 2011. Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "Addicks move for Morrison". Charlton Athletic F.C. 12 July 2011. Archived from the original on 10 September 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  19. ^ "Michael Morrison signs new contract". Charlton Athletic F.C. 24 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Michael Morrison: Birmingham City sign Charlton defender on loan". BBC Sport. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  21. ^ "Wolves 0–0 Birmingham". BBC Sport. 1 November 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Michael Morrison in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
    One Conference (Northwich Victoria (H), 12 August), one FA Cup and one FA Trophy appearance not included in Soccerbase source:
    "Fixtures and Results: 2006–07". Cambridge United F.C. Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Michael Morrison in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
    Two FA Cup appearances against Stafford Rangers not included in Soccerbase source:
    "Fixtures and Results: 2007–08". Cambridge United F.C. Archived from the original on 24 June 2012. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Michael Morrison in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Michael Morrison in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  26. ^ a b "Games played by Michael Morrison in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Michael Morrison in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Michael Morrison in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Michael Morrison in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  30. ^ a b "Games played by Michael Morrison in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 

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