Tony Morley

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Tony Morley
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Personal information
Full name William Anthony Morley
Date of birth (1954-08-26) 26 August 1954 (age 59)
Place of birth Ormskirk, England
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1969–1972 Preston North End
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1976 Preston North End 84 (15)
1976–1979 Burnley 91 (5)
1979–1983 Aston Villa 137 (25)
1983–1985 West Bromwich Albion 33 (4)
1984 Birmingham City (loan) 4 (3)
1985–1986 Seiko
1986–1987 FC Den Haag 31 (13)
1987–1989 West Bromwich Albion 28 (7)
1988 Burnley (loan) 5 (0)
1989 Tampa Bay Rowdies ? (0)
1990 Ħamrun Spartans
National team
1980–1981 England B 2 (0)
1981–1982 England 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

William Anthony Morley (born 26 August 1954) is an English former football player who played in the Football League for Preston North End, Burnley, Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City, as well as playing for other teams abroad. He also won six caps for England.

Football career[edit]

Morley was born in Ormskirk and represented Ormskirk and District Schools. He signed as an apprentice with Preston North End in July 1969 before turning professional in August 1972.[1] In February 1976 he moved across Lancashire to join Burnley for a £100,000 fee. He joined Aston Villa for £200,000 in June 1979.[1]

A skilful, nippy winger[citation needed], Morley enjoyed the best days of his career at Villa Park. He was seen as a wayward genius but was moulded by manager Ron Saunders into one of the most dangerous players around. He was famed for scoring spectacular goals, in particular one against Everton at Goodison Park which won him the 'Goal of the Season' award for 1980–81.

He was a vital part of the Villa side that won the League Championship in 1980–81 and the European Cup the year after. His brilliant dribble and cross set up Peter Withe for the winning goal against Bayern Munich in the final. His full Villa record was 170(+10 as sub) appearances, 34 goals.

Morley won six caps for England, but his career fell into decline after not being picked for any of their games at the 1982 World Cup. This despite the fact that England boss Ron Greenwood supposedly favoured attacking football. He failed to score in any of his six senior appearances for England, his first cap occurring on 18 November 1981 in England's 1–0 World Cup qualification clincher against Hungary, the last coming almost exactly a year later when he took to the field in a Euro 84 qualifier against Greece which England won 3–0.[2]

After adding a European Super Cup Winners' medal to his collection, he was transferred from Villa to local rivals West Bromwich Albion.

Career honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Aston Villa[edit]

Winner

  • 1980/81 League Championship
  • 1981/82 European Cup winner
  • 1982/83 European Super Cup winner

He won a Dutch Cup runners-up medal in 1987 playing for FC Den Haag.

Morley is now a regular on the 'Villa Old Stars' circuit. He also provides colour commentary for radio broadcasts on Aston Villa's website.

Tony Morley was not selected for the England Squad for the 1982 World Cup in Spain. Ron Greenwood opted for Arsenal's Graham Rix instead.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Matthews, Tony (2005). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Breedon Books. pp. 157–158. ISBN 1-85983-474-4. 
  2. ^ [1]