Morrison in pre-season for Birmingham City in 2012
|Full name||Ravel Ryan Morrison|
|Date of birth||2 February 1993|
|Place of birth||Wythenshawe, Manchester, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Current club||West Ham United|
|2012–||West Ham United||11||(3)|
|2012–2013||→ Birmingham City (loan)||27||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 02:36, 10 November 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Ravel Ryan Morrison (born 2 February 1993) is an English footballer who plays for West Ham United. A midfielder, he began his career with Manchester United before joining West Ham in January 2012. Morrison spent the 2012–13 season on loan with Birmingham City. Morrison has also played for England at under-16, under-17, under-18 and under-21 level.
Born in Wythenshawe, Manchester, Morrison was first scouted for the Manchester United Academy by former United coach Phil Brogan. Morrison signed on as a first-year scholar in 2009 and turned professional on 2 February 2010, on his 17th birthday.
He made his first team debut in a 3–2 League Cup win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on 26 October 2010, coming on as a substitute for Park Ji-Sung. On 20 April 2011 he scored the opening goal against Chelsea in the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup at Old Trafford, which Manchester United went on to win 4–0. Morrison added two more goals in the second leg of the Youth Cup final against Sheffield United, a match that United went on to win 4–1, securing the title 6–3 on aggregate. On 25 October 2011, he came on as a substitute for Mame Biram Diouf in a 3–0 League Cup win over Aldershot Town. He then came on at half-time during United's 2–1 League Cup fifth round loss to Crystal Palace, replacing Dimitar Berbatov. On 13 January 2012, Manchester United confirmed that they rejected an offer from Newcastle United, despite Morrison's contract being due to expire in June 2012.
West Ham United
On 31 January 2012, Morrison signed for Football League Championship club West Ham United on a three-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee. A clause in the contract between Manchester United and West Ham ensured that the Manchester club receive £25,000 for every game Morrison plays for West Ham. Allowing him to leave Manchester United, manager Sir Alex Ferguson told West Ham manager, Sam Allardyce of Morrison, "A brilliant footballer, Brilliant ability, Top class ability, Needs to get away from Manchester and start a new life". On 17 March, he made his debut for The Hammers, replacing Jack Collison in the 81st minute of the 1–1 draw at Leeds United.
Birmingham City (loan)
With West Ham manager Sam Allardyce keen for him to gain experience of first-team football, Morrison joined Football League Championship club Birmingham City on loan for the 2012–13 season. He made his competitive debut for the club on 14 August, playing 78 minutes in a 5–1 win over Barnet in the League Cup, and kept his place for the opening match of the league season, a 1–1 draw at home to Charlton Athletic. Problems with Morrison's attitude in training had led manager Lee Clark to consider terminating his loan, but he returned to the team in October with an influential performance as Birmingham narrowly failed to beat league leaders Leicester City. The improvement continued as Birmingham came back from 3–0 down to draw at Millwall; as the Birmingham Mail's reporter noted, "it wasn't just his elegant, effortless ability on the ball and passing, but work rate, too". He scored his first goal in league football on 17 November, a "spectacular volley" from Nikola Žigić's knockdown, to start Birmingham's attempted comeback from 3–0 at home to Hull City.
Return to West Ham
Morrison returned to West Ham from his loan with Birmingham City for the 2013–14 season. He was given the squad number 15 with only his first name, "Ravel", listed on the back of his shirt. Morrison scored his first goal for West Ham on his full debut in the second round of the League Cup on 27 August 2013 in a 2–1 win against Cheltenham Town. Starting the game against Everton on 21 September 2013, Morrison scored his first Premier League goal, and West Ham United's first of the game, in a 2–3 home defeat. On 6 October 2013, he scored West Ham's third goal in a 3–0 derby win away against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Manager Sam Allaryce said of the goal, "That's a genius goal for me. You'll struggle to see a better goal than that all season".
Morrison has been capped by England at under-16, under-17, under-18 and under-21 level. In November 2012, he was reported to be considering representing Jamaica at international level. He made his under-21 debut on 10 October 2013 in a 4–0 away win against San Marino. He scored his first goals for the under-21 team in a 5–0 UEFA Euro 2015 qualifying win over Lithuania.
- Correct up to and including match played 9 November 2013.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Manchester United||2010–11||Premier League||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|West Ham United||2011–12||Championship||1||0||—||—||—||0||0||1||0|
|Birmingham City (loan)||2012–13||Championship||27||3||2||0||1||0||—||—||30||3|
|West Ham United||2013–14||Premier League||10||3||—||2||2||—||—||12||5|
In early 2011, he received a 12-month referral order and was ordered to pay £1,445 in costs and compensation after admitting two counts of witness intimidation. After an assault charge was dropped when Morrison's girlfriend refused to testify, he was convicted of criminal damage for throwing her mobile phone out of a window and advised to undergo domestic violence counselling. In February 2012, Morrison was involved in controversy after posting a homophobic threat on Twitter, He was charged under FA rule E3, which governs use of abusive and/or insulting words including reference to a person's sexual orientation, and accepted his guilt. He was fined £7,000.
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- Ravel Morrison at ManUtd.com
- Manchester United statistical profile at StretfordEnd.co.uk
- Ravel Morrison career stats at Soccerbase