Mick Morris (footballer)

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Mick Morris
Personal information
Full name Michael John Morris[1]
Date of birth (1943-01-20) 20 January 1943 (age 72)[1]
Place of birth Plaistow, Newham, England[1]
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Barking
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Grays Athletic
West Ham United 0 (0)
Faversham Town
1964–1967 Oxford United[2] 90 (15)
1967–1972 Port Vale 184 (24)
1972–1977 Stafford Rangers
Leek Town
Total 274+ (39+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Michael John "Mick" Morris (born 20 January 1943) is an English former footballer who played as a forward. He spent time with Barking, Grays Athletic, West Ham United (without making a first-team appearance), and Faversham Town, before he joined Oxford United in 1964. He helped the club to win promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1964–65, before he moved on to Port Vale in July 1967. He helped the "Valiants" to also win promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1969–70, before he was moved on to Stafford Rangers in May 1972. After five years with Rangers he ended his career at Leek Town.

Playing career[edit]

Morris played for Barking (Isthmian League), Grays Athletic, West Ham United (without making a first-team appearance), and Faversham Town, before he joined Oxford United. He helped Arthur Turner's "U's" to win promotion out of the Fourth Division in the 1964–65 campaign. United managed to establish themselves in the Third Division in 1965–66 and 1966–67. He scored 15 goals in 90 league games during his time at the Manor Ground.

Morris signed with Stanley Matthews's Port Vale in July 1967.[1] He scored six goals in 31 appearances in the 1967–68 season and scored five goals in 38 games during the 1968–69 season.[1] He then found himself as a utility player at Vale Park under manager Gordon Lee, and missed just two of the "Valiants" 52 games in the 1969–70 Fourth Division promotion-winning campaign.[1] He nevertheless had a fractured relationship with Lee.[3] Morris was an ever-present 1970–71 season, scoring eight goals in 48 appearances.[1] He then scored three goals in 33 games in the 1971–72 campaign.[1] He was given a free transfer in May 1972, after becoming disillusioned with Lee's defensive tactics.[1] He then spent five years with nearby Northern Premier League side Stafford Rangers; he appeared for them at Wembley.[4] He later played for Leek Town and Jubilee W.M.C.

Post-retirement[edit]

After retiring as a player he settled in North Staffordshire.[4] He also ran the first ten Potteries marathons, as well as twice in the London Marathon. In 2006 he underwent a double heart bypass operation.[3]

Honours[edit]

with Oxford United
with Port Vale

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 205. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ "Stats". Neil Brown stat site. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Vale's vital away victory came with a few hitches". The Sentinel. 6 February 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Mystery Sportsman: Can you identify Port Vale's marathon man?". The Sentinel. 20 June 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2009.