Steve Morrow

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Steve Morrow
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Personal information
Full name Stephen Joseph Morrow
Date of birth (1970-07-02) 2 July 1970 (age 43)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Youth career
–1987 Bangor
1987–1988 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1997 Arsenal 62 (1)
1991 Reading (loan) 10 (0)
1991 Watford (loan) 8 (0)
1991 Reading (loan) 3 (0)
1992 Barnet (loan) 1 (0)
1997 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 1 (1)
1997–2001 Queens Park Rangers 91 (1)
2001 Peterborough United (loan) 11 (0)
2002–2003 Dallas Burn 41 (3)
Total 228 (6)
National team
1990–1999 Northern Ireland 39 (1)
Teams managed
2004 Dallas Burn (assistant)
2005–2006 FC Dallas (assistant)
2006–2008 FC Dallas
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 February 2007.
† Appearances (Goals).

Stephen Joseph "Steve" Morrow (born 2 July 1970 in Belfast) is a Northern Irish former professional footballer, manager and currently International Partnerships Performance Supervisor at Arsenal.

As a player Morrow operated as a midfielder from 1988 until 2003, notably playing in the Premier League for Arsenal and in Major League Soccer for Dallas Burn. He also played in the Football League for Reading, Watford, Barnet, Queens Park Rangers and Peterborough United. He received 39 caps for Northern Ireland, scoring once before moving into management with FC Dallas

Club career[edit]

Arsenal[edit]

Morrow first played for Bangor as youth, before joining Arsenal in July 1987. A versatile utility man, who could play at full back, centre back or midfield, Morrow had loan spells at Reading, Watford and Barnet, before making his debut for Arsenal as a substitute in a First Division match on 8 April 1992 against Norwich City, in place of the injured Nigel Winterburn.

Morrow became a semi-regular in 1992–93, as well as suffering the most notorious moment of his career. He played most of his matches in midfield, replacing the injured Paul Davis as Arsenal got to both the League Cup and FA Cup semi-finals. Morrow started the League Cup final against Sheffield Wednesday; after falling behind to a John Harkes goal, Arsenal equalised through Paul Merson, and then Merson set up Morrow to score the winner (which was also his first for the club). In the celebrations after the match, Arsenal skipper Tony Adams attempted to pick up Morrow and parade him on his shoulders, but Adams slipped and Morrow awkwardly hit the ground. He broke his arm and had to be rushed to hospital.

As a result, Morrow missed the rest of that season, including the FA Cup final (also against Wednesday), where Arsenal completed the Cup Double. Before the final kicked off, Morrow received his League Cup winners' medal, making him the only player ever to have picked up a medal before a Cup final, much to the delight of football trivia buffs everywhere.

Morrow was fit enough by the start of the next season but played fewer matches (only 13, as opposed to 25 the previous season). However, one of those was the scene of an Arsenal triumph, the club's 1994 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final win over Parma; in an Arsenal midfield depleted of John Jensen, David Hillier and Martin Keown, the 23-year-old Morrow partnered 20-year-old Ian Selley in central midfield, both playing the game of their lives as Arsenal beat Parma 1–0 with an Alan Smith goal.

He had nearly left the club in March 1994, following an approach from the Premier League's bottom club Swindon Town, but the transfer fell through and he signed a new contract with Arsenal, where he spent three more years.[1]

Morrow went on to play over 20 matches the following season, including a second Cup Winners' Cup final (which Arsenal lost to Real Zaragoza). He scored his second Arsenal goal in the League Cup once again against Sheffield Wednesday,[2] and scored his first Arsenal league goal (his third and final goal for the club) in a 3–1 defeat at Blackburn Rovers,[3] who would go on to win the Premier League that season. However, he never found favour under new Arsenal boss Bruce Rioch, who only gave the Irishman five matches in 1995–96.

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

After the arrival of Arsène Wenger in 1996, Morrow was told he was surplus to requirements at Highbury, and he was loaned to Queens Park Rangers in March 1997; the deal was made permanent that summer. He played 85 games for Arsenal in total, scoring three goals.

At QPR, Morrow was initially a regular, but the club struggled, going from contenders for promotion to the Premiership to facing relegation to the Second Division. Injuries to his shoulder ligaments ruled Morrow out for most of the 1999–2000 season, and he lost his place in the side. Morrow later had a loan spell at Peterborough United, but it did not become permanent, and he was released on a free transfer in the summer of 2001.

Dallas Burn[edit]

Struggling to find a club in the UK, Morrow moved to the United States to play for Major League Soccer side Dallas Burn. He spent two seasons at Dallas (who renamed themselves FC Dallas in 2004), before retiring because of a persistent neck injury.

International career[edit]

Morrow made his full international debut for Northern Ireland, in May 1990 against Uruguay; he went on to win 39 caps for his country from then until 1999.

Managerial & further career[edit]

On 3 February 2004 he was named as an assistant coach to FC Dallas but was forced to resign in late May due to personal reasons. However, he returned to the club on 27 January 2005 under coach Colin Clarke. When Clarke was fired on 7 November 2006, Morrow was named interim head coach. On 11 December 2006, FC Dallas general manager Michael Hitchcock removed the 'interim' from his title. Morrow was fired as coach on 20 May 2008.[4]

On 12 September 2008 Morrow returned to Arsenal as International Partnerships – Performance Supervisor, managing Arsenal's international partnerships, which currently include the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer in the United States, BEC Tero of Thailand and Hoang Anh Gia Lai of Vietnam, and assisting Arsenal's academies in countries such as Egypt and Ghana.[5] He has also worked as a live match analyst for Arsenal's online webcasts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haylett, Trevor (25 March 1994). "Football: Peacock goes but Francis stays: Mixed day at Queen's Park Rangers while Limpar joins Everton and Beagrie hops to City". The Independent (London). 
  2. ^ "Arsenal 2 Sheffield Wednesday 0". Arseweb. 30 November 1994. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Blackburn 3 – Arsenal 1". Arseweb. 8 March 1995. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "FC Dallas fires coach Morrow". 21 May 2008. Retrieved 21 May 2008. 
  5. ^ "Morrow rejoins Arsenal in commercial role". 12 September 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2008. 

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