Lee Morris (footballer)
|Full name||Lee Morris|
|Date of birth||30 April 1980|
|Place of birth||Blackpool, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|2001||→ Huddersfield Town (loan)||5||(1)|
|2009–2010||→ Mansfield Town (loan)||4||(1)|
|2010||→ Forest Green Rovers (loan)||8||(2)|
|2011||Eastwood Town (player/first team coach)|
|2012–2013||Derby County (academy)|
|2013–2015||Loughborough Dynamo (player/first team coach)|
|2014||Loughborough Dynamo (caretaker)|
|2015||Derby County (academy)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Morris was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, during his father Colin's time with the town's club and followed his father into football. He began his career with York City's Centre of Excellence before becoming a trainee at Sheffield United. He signed a professional contract with United on 24 December 1997 before making 26 league appearances and scoring six goals for the first team. This caught Derby County's attention and in the winter of 1999 he transferred for a then club record fee of £3 million, making him the 4th most expensive teenager in British football history. During his time at Derby County he scored 17 goals in 92 league games, including playing in the famous 1-0 win at Old Trafford vs Manchester United, and scoring the winning goal against Spurs. He then had a short loan spell at Huddersfield Town, where he scored once against Barnsley.
At the start of 2004 he moved to Leicester City where he started only 10 games. His time at the Walkers Stadium was plagued by knee injury, and he was released at the end of the 2005/06 season. Seizing the opportunity Yeovil Town snapped up Morris on a free transfer on 2 August 2006. He had a successful season there, being part of the squad which finished in Yeovil's highest ever league position at the time, and played at Wembley in the play off final against Blackpool after scoring in the famous 5-2 victory against Nottingham Forest in the semi final. Lee left Yeovil on 11 March 2008 owing to injuries, before joining Burton Albion in August 2008, initially on non-contract terms. Morris then signed with Burton for the rest of the season, which was Burton's most successful season, winning the Blue Square Premiership and gaining status in the football league for the 1st time.
On 9 July 2009, Morris featured as a trialist for Hereford United, their pre-season friendlies against Pegasus Juniors and Bristol City, scoring in both games. He also scored twice against local side Wellington.
On Saturday 25 July 2009, Lee agreed a one-year contract with Hereford United. In November 2009 he went on loan to Mansfield Town, scoring his first goal for the club against Gateshead on 1 December 2009. He then went out on loan again for a month to another Conference National side, Forest Green Rovers.
Morris scored on his debut for Forest Green coming on as substitute to score the second goal in a 2–0 away win at Kettering Town. His second goal for Forest Green later that month was a 25-yard match winner against Barrow.
Morris had his Hereford contract cancelled by 'mutual consent' on 27 April 2010.
Morris spent the 2010–11 season with Kidderminster Harriers. At the end of the season he was offered a coaching role at the club working with the academy as well as continuing his playing career however he turned it down and became a player-coach at Eastwood Town, linking up with his former Huddersfield Town and Forest Green teammate, Craig Armstrong.
In 2013 Morris joined Loughborough Dynamo F.C. as a player/first-team coach, later becoming joint manager of the club in October 2014, following the departure of former manager Tommy Brookbanks.
Morris made his debut for the England national under-18 team in a 2–1 away defeat to Russia in a 1998 UEFA European Under-18 Championship qualifying match on 26 October 1997. He was capped four times by the under-18s from 1997 to 1999 before making his only appearance for the England national under-21 team in a 1–0 away win over Bulgaria in a 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification on 8 June 1999.
Morris became coach of the under 15's squad in the academy at former club Derby County in July 2012 after leaving Solihull Moors.He also took on roles with Development centre players and shadow squads within the Derby County coaching setup, working with children from the ages of 8 through to 16. In July 2015 he took on a role of working with Derby County under 16's. In February 2015 he qualified as a UEFA A Licensed coach, and quickly followed that up by gaining the F.A. Youth Award. In October 2014 Lee became joint manager of Semi-professional Loughborough Dynamo F.C.. Lee managed the side to a respectable 14th-place finish in the Northern Premier League Division One South. Morris quit Loughborough Dynamo in September 2015 after being appointed under 16s joint coach at Derby County.
Morris' first manager job was at Goole, where he got appointed on 13 February 2016. He left the club on 2 September 2016 in favor of Frickley Athletic where he replaced Karl Rose. Morris left his position after 7 months in charge and was replaced by Karl Rose, who had resigned.
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 296. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
- Flett, Dave (9 December 2011). "Match preview: York City v Solihull Moors – FA Trophy first round". The Press. York. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
- "Barnsley 3–1 Huddersfield". BBC Sport. 10 March 2001. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
- "Hereford United beat Hellenic League side Pegasus Juniors in pre-season opener". Hereford Journal. 9 July 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2009.[dead link]
- "Gateshead 1–3 Mansfield". BBC Sport. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
- "Match Report: Bradford City (2) vs Eccleshill Utd (0)". Bradford City A.F.C. 10 July 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
- "Morris in New Role at Badgers". Blue Square Football. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
- "Morris coup for Leek". Non League Daily. 22 March 2013.
- "Lee Morris". 11v11. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
- "Russia v England, 26 October 1997". 11v11. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
- "Solihull confirm duo's exit". Non League Daily. 18 July 2012.
- http://www.gooleafc.com/news/lee-morris-appointed-manager-1565808.html‚ gooleafc.com, 13 February 2016
- Morris returns ‘home’ to Frickley‚ nonleagueyorkshire.com, 2 September 2016
- An update‚ pitchero.com
|Awards and achievements|
|Derby County Top Goalscorer
With: Malcolm Christie