Pat Morley (footballer)

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Pat Morley
Personal information
Full name Patrick Morley
Date of birth (1965-05-18) 18 May 1965 (age 53)
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1985 Waterford United 20 (10)
1985–1987 Limerick City 37 (19)
1987–1988 Waterford United 27 (9)
1989 Sunshine George Cross 8 (3)
1989–1996 Cork City 218 (90)
1996–1998 Shelbourne 34 (15)
1998–2002 Cork City 93 (39)
National team
1994–1997 League of Ireland XI 3 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Pat "Skippy" Morley (born 18 May 1965 in Cork) is a former footballer for Cork City, Shelbourne, Limerick and Waterford United. He also works for Irish broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann as a commentator and analyst on Monday Night Soccer.

A former Celtic trialist Morley made his League of Ireland debut for Waterford United away to Finn Harps on 25 November 1984 scoring a hat trick in a 4-1 win. He scored in the final of the 1985 FAI League Cup for the Blues.

Morley also scored a hat-trick on his Limerick City debut in a Munster Senior Cup clash.

He scored 4 goals in European competition: 1993–94 European Cup clash with Cwmbran Town A.F.C.,[1] an infamous 1998–99 UEFA Cup game for Shelbourne against Rangers F.C.,[2] a 1999–2000 UEFA Cup winner against IFK Goteborg[3] and an away goal against FK Liepājas Metalurgs in a 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup tie[4] after missing an injury time penalty in the first leg.[5]

He is the third highest goalscorer in the history of the League of Ireland and was top scorer in the League of Ireland Premier Division in 1992–93 and 1999–2000.[6][7]

He is also Cork City's joint record goalscorer of all time.[8]

Morley represented the Republic of Ireland national football team at youth level.

His father Jackie played for Waterford United where he won 4 League of Ireland titles in the 1970s.

In January 2009 Morley opened a menswear showroom in his native Cork.[9]

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  6. ^ "Ireland - List of Topscorers". Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Graham, Alex. Football in the Republic of Ireland a Statistical Record 1921–2005. Soccer Books Limited. ISBN 1-86223-135-4. 
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