James Morrison (footballer)
Morrison playing for West Bromwich Albion in 2014
|Full name||James Clark Morrison|
|Date of birth||25 May 1986|
|Place of birth||Darlington, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|West Bromwich Albion|
|2007–||West Bromwich Albion||254||(28)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 03:03, 5 January 2016 (UTC).
James Clark Morrison (born 25 May 1986) is a professional footballer who plays for West Bromwich Albion. After representing various England junior sides, Morrison chose to play for Scotland at full international level.
Born in Darlington, County Durham, Morrison is a product of Middlesbrough's youth academy. He starred in Middlesbrough's FA Youth Cup winning side in 2003–04, putting in several eye-catching performances throughout the cup run, notably scoring in the final first leg 3–0 win against Aston Villa.
His initial outings in the first team displayed some promise as well. He made his first-team debut on 3 January 2004, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 2–0 FA Cup victory against Notts County. His Premiership debut came four months later, when he replaced Stewart Downing in a 5–1 defeat away at Portsmouth on the final day of the 2003–04 season. Morrison's first European action for Boro was on 30 September 2004 in a UEFA Cup tie away at Banik Ostrava. He marked the occasion by scoring his first goal for the club, a last-minute equaliser that secured a 1–1 draw in the second leg and a 4–1 aggregate victory. Morrison started for Middlesbrough in the 2006 UEFA Cup Final against Sevilla. On 19 March 2007, he was sent off in an FA Cup quarter-final replay against Manchester United for a kick out at Cristiano Ronaldo.
West Bromwich Albion
On 7 August 2007, Morrison signed a four-year contract with West Bromwich Albion, for an initial £1.5 million fee. This fee could rise by a further £700,000, depending on Morrison's appearances for the Baggies. Middlesbrough will also receive 15% of any sell-on fee. Morrison made his Albion debut as a 2nd-half substitute in a 2–1 defeat away at Burnley on the opening day of the 2007–08 season. His first goal for the club was a second half winner in a 2–1 home victory over Blackpool on 23 October 2007, a strike that won him the West Bromwich Albion Supporters Club's Goal of the Season award. Morrison described it at the time as "the best goal I've scored in my career". Morrison impressed in the first team throughout the 2008–09 season. He scored three goals in total over the course of the season, including his goals home and away against Aston Villa. On New Years Day 2011, he scored a 20-yard volley in a 2–1 defeat against Manchester United. After numerous impressive displays, On 14 September 2012 he signed a new four-year deal until 2016. For his performances in the 2014/2015 season, Morrison won the official supporters player of the year award for the first time.
On 23 August 2015, Morrison scored both of West Bromwich Albion's goals in a 2–3 home defeat to Chelsea, the first two-goal haul of his career and an equalling of his goal tally for the previous season. Earlier in the game, he had a penalty saved by Thibaut Courtois. On 30 June 2016, Morrison signed a new two-year deal with West Brom keeping him at the club till at least the summer of 2018 with a one-year option.
Morrison played at a number of youth levels for England. Along with Leicester City's Steve Howard and Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor, Morrison was one of a number of English Premier League players identified in June 2007 as being eligible to play for Scotland. He qualifies to play for the team through his grandparents. Morrison later chose to represent Scotland, claiming that he felt his "opportunities with England will be limited".
After receiving international clearance from FIFA, Morrison joined up with the Scotland squad for training in August 2007. He was unable to make his debut in the friendly against South Africa however, due to injury. Morrison was named in the Scotland B squad to face the Republic of Ireland B team in November, but injury forced him to withdraw from the squad again. He finally made his debut in the friendly against the Czech Republic in Prague, on 30 May 2008.
He scored his first goal for Scotland in the 3–1 win against Wales on 25 May 2011 in the Celtic Nations Cup tournament in Dublin. He also scored for Scotland against England in the friendly game at Wembley Stadium on 14 August 2013.
- Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
|1.||25 May 2011||Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland||Wales||1–1||3–1||2011 Nations Cup|
|2.||12 October 2012||Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales||Wales||1–0||1–2||2014 World Cup qualifier|
|3.||14 August 2013||Wembley Stadium, London, England||England||1–0||2–3||Friendly|
- As of 13 January 2016
|Club||Season||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|West Bromwich Albion||2007–08||Championship||35||4||6||2||2||0||–||–||43||6|
West Bromwich Albion
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