Wes Morgan

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Wes Morgan
Wes Morgan Warming up vs Leaminton Spa.jpg
Morgan warming up for Leicester City in 2013
Personal information
Full name Westley Nathan Morgan[1]
Date of birth (1984-01-21) 21 January 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 5
Youth career
?–1999 Notts County[2]
1999–2002 Nottingham Forest
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2012 Nottingham Forest 352 (12)
2003 Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 5 (1)
2012– Leicester City 115 (4)
National team
2013– Jamaica 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 November 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2014 (UTC)

Westley Nathan "Wes" Morgan (born 21 January 1984) is a professional footballer who plays for and captains Leicester City as a defender. He spent a majority of his career with his boyhood club, Nottingham Forest where he had been a regular at centre-back for the club for several years before moving to Leicester City in January 2012. He was Nottingham Forest's longest-serving player before his move to the King Power Stadium.

Career[edit]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

Born in Nottingham, having been rejected by Nottingham Forest's near neighbours Notts County at the age of 15, Morgan had contemplated abandoning football as a career option, but then the chance came to join Forest.

Following a series of stellar performances in the youth team the central defender made his debut on 12 August 2003 against Port Vale at the age of 19, and throughout the 2003–04 season managed to hold down a place in the first team, playing alongside several partners including ex-England international Des Walker, and Michael Dawson, who also went on to play for the national side.

In the 2007–08 campaign, Morgan was a virtual ever-present in defence, as he helped Forest gain automatic promotion finishing second in the league, as Forest were promoted from League One to the Championship. His only goal of the season came in a 2–0 victory at Tranmere Rovers. Morgan helped Forest keep 24 clean sheets in all that season, the record for the league, helping him secure his first honour of his career.

Morgan found it hard adapting to life back in the Championship during the first half of the 2008–09 season, with Forest languishing in the relegation zone by Christmas. Following the dismissal of Colin Calderwood on Boxing Day 2008, and the arrival of Billy Davies soon after, Morgan and the Forest defence looked far more solid as the season progressed which eventually lead to the Reds retaining their Championship status. At the end of the 2008–09 season he had made a total of 274 appearances in all competitions, including 255 starts.

October 2011 saw Wes Morgan make his 400th appearance for Nottingham Forest against Hull City in a match in which he was also handed the captaincy.

On 20 January 2012, Nottingham Forest announced they rejected a bid for Morgan from bitter rivals Leicester City.[3]

Leicester City[edit]

Morgan (right) playing for Leicester City in an FA Cup quarter-final match against Chelsea on 18 March 2012

On 30 January 2012, Wes Morgan joined East Midland rivals Leicester City for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £1m. As a result of his performances towards the end of the 2011/12 season, he was awarded with the Leicester City captaincy ahead of the 2012/13 season.[4] His impressive performances early on earnt him a nomination for Championship Player of the Month for September.[5] In 2014, Leicester were promoted to the Barclays Premier League and will play in the top division in the 2014–15 season.

Morgan started the 2014/2015 season well for Leicester, he started in all 3 league games.

International career[edit]

On 1 September 2013, Morgan was called up to the Jamaican squad for the first time.[6] He made his debut in a 0–0 draw against Panama at the Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City on 7 September 2013.[7] Morgan captained the Reggae Boyz for the first time in the 1–3 defeat to Canada on 9 September 2014.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Morgan has a child with the sister of Blackburn Rovers F.C striker Leon Best.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Morgan playing for Nottingham Forest in 2002
As of 11 October 2014.
England
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[10] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2002–03 Kidderminster Harriers (loan) Third Division 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Kidderminster Harriers Career Total 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
2002–03 Nottingham Forest First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003–04 32 2 1 0 3 0 0 0 36 2
2004–05 Championship 43 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 51 1
2005–06 League One 43 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 47 2
2006–07 38 0 5 0 1 0 5 1 49 1
2007–08 42 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 46 1
2008–09 Championship 42 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 46 1
2009–10 44 3 2 0 3 0 2 0 51 3
2010–11 46 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 51 1
2011–12 22 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 25 2
Nottingham Forest Career Total 352 12 20 0 20 1 10 1 402 14
2011–12 Leicester City Championship 17 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2012–13 45 1 3 0 1 0 2 0 51 1
2013–14 45 2 0 0 3 1 0 0 48 3
2014–15 Premier League 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Leicester City Career Total 114 3 5 0 4 1 2 0 125 4
Career Total 471 16 25 0 24 2 12 1 532 19

International[edit]

As of match played 9 September 2014.[11]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Jamaica 2013 4 0
2014 5 0
Total 9 0

Honours[edit]

Club

Leicester City

Nottingham Forest

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. p. 292. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ "Foxes Move For Morgan". LCFC.com. Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "News | Foxes Bid Rejected". Nottingham Forest F.C. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Leicester sign Wes Morgan from Nottingham Forest". BBC. 30 January 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Award Nominations For Nigel And Wes". LCFC.com. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Wes answers Jamaica call". www.LCFC.com. Leicester City F.C. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Morgan Makes International Bow". 7 Sep 2013. Retrieved 7 Sep 2013. 
  8. ^ "Wes Morgan to captain Boyz against Canada today". 9 Sep 2014. Retrieved 11 Sep 2014. 
  9. ^ Ryder, Lee. "Leon Best roars: Bring on Nottingham Forest – NUFC News – Newcastle United". ChronicleLive. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Includes Football League play-offs and Football League Trophy matches.
  11. ^ "Wes Morgan". National Football Teams. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Matt Mills
Leicester City F.C. Captain
2012–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent