Nicky Morgan (footballer)

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Nicky Morgan
Personal information
Full name Nicholas Morgan[1]
Date of birth (1959-10-30) 30 October 1959 (age 54)
Place of birth East Ham, London, UK[1]
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1976–1978 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1982 West Ham United 21 (2)
1981–1982 FC Den Haag (loan) 20 (6)
1982–1986 Portsmouth 95 (32)
1986–1990 Stoke City 88 (21)
1990–1993 Bristol City 80 (23)
1992 Bournemouth (loan) 6 (1)
1993–1994 Exeter City 12 (4)
Total 322 (89)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Nicholas "Nicky" Morgan (born 30 October 1959) is a former English footballer who played in the Football League for Bournemouth, Bristol City, Exeter City, Portsmouth, Stoke City and West Ham United.[1]

Morgan began his career with his local side West Ham United where he made fleeting appearances and also had time on loan at Dutch side FC Den Haag. With chances limited at West Ham, Morgan joined Portsmouth where he enjoyed to most success in his career. He spent five seasons at Fratton Park where he made 109 appearances scoring 35 goals. He joined Stoke City where he scored 26 goals in 104 games in four seasons before playing for Bristol City for four years. After scoring 29 goals in 89 games for the "Robins" he played for Bournemouth and then Exeter City and retired in 1994.

Career[edit]

Morgan was born in East Ham and started his career at his boyhood club West Ham United as an apprentice before earning a professional contract in 1978.[1] He failed to make much of an impression at the "Hammers" and joined Portsmouth in 1982.[1] Prior to joining Portsmouth Morgan had spent the 1981–82 season at Dutch club FC Den Haag where he played 20 times scoring 6 six goals but they finished in 17th position and were relegated.[1]

He did much better at "Pompey" and in his first season with the club they gain promotion to the Second Division. In the next four seasons Portsmouth tried to gain a promotion to the First Division finishing fourth twice with Morgan scoring 16 goals in 1985–86. They claimed that promotion they wanted in 1986–87 but Morgan left for Stoke City just four matches into the season.[1] He made a fine start to his Stoke career scoring on his debut against Hull City on 8 November 1986.[1] He finished the 1986–87 season with 12 goals to his name.[1] He then hit six in the following two seasons and with Stoke enduring a terrible 1989–90 season and on their way to being relegated to the Third Division, Morgan left for Bristol City in April 1989.[1]

It proved to be a good decision by Morgan as he scored four goals in seven matches as Bristol City and Stoke City swapped league places at the end of the season.[1] He scored 17 goals in 1990–91 as Bristol City finished in 9th position. He fell out of the first team picture in 1991–92 and 1992–93 and spent a short spell on loan at Bournemouth. He left Bristol City in August 1993 for Exeter City, where he played 12 matches scoring four goals before deciding to retire from the game.

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Ham United 1978–79 Second Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1979–80 Second Division 6 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 1
1980–81 Second Division 6 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 10 1
1981–82 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1982–83 First Division 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 21 2 0 0 1 0 4 0 26 2
FC Den Haag (loan) 1981–82 Eredivise 20 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 6
Total 20 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 6
Portsmouth 1982–83 Third Division 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
1983–84 Second Division 25 9 1 1 2 0 0 0 28 10
1984–85 Second Division 30 8 1 0 2 0 0 0 33 8
1985–86 Second Division 30 14 1 0 5 1 2 1 38 16
1986–87 Second Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 95 32 3 1 9 1 2 1 109 35
Stoke City 1986–87 Second Division 29 10 5 2 0 0 0 0 34 12
1987–88 Second Division 28 5 2 0 3 1 3 0 36 6
1988–89 Second Division 18 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 19 6
1989–90 Second Division 13 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 15 2
Total 88 21 6 2 5 3 4 0 104 26
Bristol City 1989–90 Third Division 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 4
1990–91 Second Division 44 13 0 0 4 4 0 0 48 17
1991–92 Second Division 19 3 2 0 2 2 0 0 21 5
1992–93 First Division 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 3
1993–94 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 80 23 2 0 6 6 1 0 89 29
Bournemouth (loan) 1992–93 Second Division 6 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 9 3
Total 6 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 9 3
Exeter City 1993–94 Second Division 12 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 4
Total 12 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 4
Career Total 322 89 14 4 21 10 12 2 369 105
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, FA Community Shield, Full Members Cup, Football League Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 

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