Steve Morgan (footballer)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other people named Steve Morgan, see Steve Morgan (disambiguation).
Steve Morgan
Personal information
Full name Stephen Morgan
Date of birth (1968-09-19) 19 September 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Oldham, England
Height 5ft 11in
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Oldham Athletic
(U15 Coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1990 Blackpool 144 (10)
1990–1993 Plymouth Argyle 121 (6)
1993–1996 Coventry City 68 (2)
1996 Bristol Rovers (loan) 5 (0)
1996–1998 Wigan Athletic 36 (2)
1997 Bury (loan) 5 (0)
1998–1999 Burnley 17 (0)
1999–2000 Hull City 19 (1)
2000 Halifax Town 1 (0)
2000-2001 Altrincham
Career 416 (21 )
Teams managed
2008- Oldham Athletic (U15's)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Stephen "Steve" Morgan (born 19 September 1968 in Oldham, Lancashire) is an English former professional footballer and U15's coach of Football League One side Oldham Athletic.

As a player he was a defender from 1986 until 2000, notably for Coventry City in the Premier League, and in the Football League with Blackpool, Plymouth Argyle, Bristol Rovers, Wigan Athletic, Bury, Burnley, Hull City and Halifax Town. He finished his career with Non-league Altrincham.

Playing career[edit]

Morgan began his career with Blackpool, after progressing through the club's successful youth ranks. He made his first-team debut on 17 March 1986, as a substitute in a 1–1 draw with Bolton Wanderers at Bloomfield Road.

A strong, well-built player, he was comfortable in either a defensive or midfield role, and spent much of his early career deep in defence alongside Dave Burgess or Mike Davies. Fast and skilful, he possessed an accurate cross, often after an overlapping run down the left flank.

Morgan was virtually an ever-present throughout his first three seasons, although his popularity faltered when fans questioned his attitude to the cause. Indeed, his playing style often gave the impression that he was too relaxed, and with the Blackpool struggling in the Third Division, he was often made a scapegoat by supporters.[1]

Towards the end of the 1988–89 season, First Division Wimbledon reportedly offered around £300,000 for him.[1] The cash-strapped Seasiders could have used the money, but Morgan couldn't agree personal terms with the Londoners. A year later, in July 1990, he joined Second Division Plymouth Argyle for less than one-third of the amount Wimbledon had allegedly offered.

Morgan went on to play for six other clubs, including loan periods at Bristol Rovers and Bury, before bringing his fourteen-year professional career to a close in 2000 with Halifax Town, after playing just one game for the Shaymen.

He joined Altrincham soon after and retired from competitive football at the end of the 2000-01 season.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Morgan took up a coaching role with Oldham Athletic in 2008, coaching their U15 side.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record: 1887–1992, p. 108. Breedon Books Sport. ISBN 1-873626-07-X
  2. ^ http://www.altyfc.u-net.com/team.htm
  3. ^ http://www.ccfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10269~1454083,00.html