Nicky Morgan (footballer)
|Full name||Nicholas Morgan|
|Date of birth||30 October 1959|
|Place of birth||East Ham, London, UK|
|1976–1978||West Ham United|
|1978–1982||West Ham United||21||(2)|
|1981–1982||→ FC Den Haag (loan)||20||(6)|
|1992||→ Bournemouth (loan)||6||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Nicholas "Nicky" Morgan (born 30 October 1959) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League for Bournemouth, Bristol City, Exeter City, Portsmouth, Stoke City and West Ham United.
Morgan began his career with his local side West Ham United where he made fleeting appearances and also had time on loan at Dutch side FC Den Haag. With chances limited at West Ham, Morgan joined Portsmouth where he enjoyed to most success in his career. He spent five seasons at Fratton Park where he made 109 appearances scoring 35 goals. He joined Stoke City where he scored 26 goals in 104 games in four seasons before playing for Bristol City for four years. After scoring 29 goals in 89 games for the "Robins" he played for Bournemouth and then Exeter City and retired in 1994.
Morgan was born in East Ham and started his career at his boyhood club West Ham United as an apprentice before earning a professional contract in 1978. He failed to make much of an impression at the "Hammers" and joined Portsmouth in 1982. Prior to joining Portsmouth Morgan had spent the 1981–82 season at Dutch club FC Den Haag where he played 20 times scoring six goals but they finished in 17th position and were relegated.
He did much better at "Pompey" and in his first season with the club they gain promotion to the Second Division. In the next four seasons Portsmouth tried to gain a promotion to the First Division finishing fourth twice with Morgan scoring 16 goals in 1985–86. They claimed that promotion they wanted in 1986–87 but Morgan left for Stoke City just four matches into the season. He made a fine start to his Stoke career scoring on his debut against Hull City on 8 November 1986. He finished the 1986–87 season with 12 goals to his name. He then hit six in the following two seasons and with Stoke enduring a terrible 1989–90 season and on their way to being relegated to the Third Division, Morgan left for Bristol City in April 1989.
It proved to be a good decision by Morgan as he scored four goals in seven matches as Bristol City and Stoke City swapped league places at the end of the season. He scored 17 goals in 1990–91 as Bristol City finished in 9th position. He fell out of the first team picture in 1991–92 and 1992–93 and spent a short spell on loan at Bournemouth. He left Bristol City in August 1993 for Exeter City, where he played 12 matches scoring four goals before deciding to retire from the game.
- Sourced from Nicky Morgan profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|West Ham United||1978–79||Second Division||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|FC Den Haag (loan)||1981–82||Eredivise||20||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||20||6|
|Stoke City||1986–87||Second Division||29||10||5||2||0||0||0||0||34||12|
|Bristol City||1989–90||Third Division||7||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||4|
|Bournemouth (loan)||1992–93||Second Division||6||1||2||1||0||0||1||1||9||3|
|Exeter City||1993–94||Second Division||12||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||12||4|
- Nicky Morgan stats at Neil Brown stat site