Trevor Morgan (footballer)

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Trevor Morgan
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Personal information
Full name Trevor James Morgan
Date of birth (1956-09-30) 30 September 1956 (age 62)
Place of birth Forest Gate, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
19??–1979 Leytonstone
1979–1980 Leytonstone/Ilford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1981 A.F.C. Bournemouth 53 (13)
1981–1982 Mansfield Town 12 (6)
1982–1984 A.F.C. Bournemouth 88 (33)
1984 Bristol City 32 (8)
1984–1985 Exeter City 31 (9)
1985 St George 13 (8)
1985–1987 Bristol Rovers 55 (24)
1987 Bristol City 19 (7)
1987–1989 Bolton Wanderers 77 (17)
1989–1990 Shelbourne ? (4)
1989–1990 Colchester United 32 (12)
1990–1991 Exeter City 17 (3)
1991 Happy Valley 5 (4)
1991–1993 South China 37 (23)
1993–1994 Birmingham City 1 (0)
1994–1995 Exeter City 9 (1)
Teams managed
1995 Sorrento FC
2002–2003 Sengkang Marine
2004 Sarawak FA
2006–2007 Sengkang Punggol
2010 Sorrento FC
2010–2013 East Bengal
2014–2015 Kerala Blasters (assistant)
2015 Kerala Blasters (interim)
2015 Dempo
2016–2017 East Bengal
2018– Bhutan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Trevor James Morgan (born 30 September 1956) is an English football coach and former player, who is the head coach of the Bhutan national football team[1]

Playing career[edit]

Morgan played as a centre-forward.[2] He signed his first professional contract in 1980 with A.F.C. Bournemouth,[2] and went on to make over 400 appearances for a variety of clubs in the lower leagues. In 1987, he joined Bristol City from rivals Bristol Rovers, for a fee of £10,000. No players would make the same move until Matty Taylor, 30 years later in January 2017.[3] He scored several times that season helping Bristol City secure promotion to the Third Division.

Coaching career[edit]

Morgan's first coaching role was as assistant to Terry Cooper at Birmingham City.[2] He had previously been signed by Cooper four times as a player.[2] He followed Cooper to Exeter, but left when the club went into administration.[2] His next job was in Australia, as a coach at Perth club Sorrento.[2] During this time, he took Australian citizenship.[2]

After four years, he moved to Singapore as manager of Sengkang Marine FC.[2] In 2004, Morgan went to Malaysia after being appointed as Sarawak FA head coach for upcoming newly formed, Malaysia Super League.[4][5] It turned out to be disastrous season for both party, after bad performances led them to bottom of the league and he was fired from the post before being replaced by former head coach, Abdul Jalil Ramli. He then takes over the head coach role at his former club Sengkang Marine, now renamed Sengkang Punggol FC in 2006 before leaving the club by mutual consent at the end of the 2007 season.[6][7]

He returned to Sorrento before being offered the role of Development Coach at Hull City by former Bolton Wanderers colleague Phil Brown.[2]

During the summer of 2010, Morgan signed for Kingfisher East Bengal F.C. of the I-League in India. It did not take him long to make his mark as during his first competition with the club he won the tournament. This tournament was the Federation Cup where he managed East Bengal to victory over their rivals Mohun Bagan A.C. in the Final. In the same season East Bengal also won Kolkata Premier League and Mohammedan Platinum Jubilee Cup and finished 2nd in I-League.

In the 2011–12 I-League, Kingfisher East Bengal F.C. finished runner-up and turned up as second placed in the Federation cup having won the IFA Shield later. East Bengal managed to win the Super Cup that season. On 14 May 2012, he guided East Bengal to win the Calcutta Premier League, making it three trophies for the season but resigned on the same day after the match citing differences with club officials. Officials continued to talk to him to reinstate Morgan as the coach for next season and finally came to a conclusion and Morgan agreed to coach the Kingfisher East Bengal for the next (2012–2013) season. Kingfisher East Bengal F.C. have won the Federation Cup and Calcutta league under him but he had failed to win the I-League on his last season with East Bengal . Under his guidance the club remained unbeaten at a stretch, for a record of 30 times in a calendar year, finally getting defeated in their home ground. He gained international wideframe, defeating Tampines Rovers 2- 4 in the former's home ground in Singapore on 4 March 2013. Also under his mentorship, East Bengal reached quarterfinals of 2013 AFC Cup with an unbeaten record, a feat that no other Indian club has achieved in the history of this competition.

On 9 April 2013, he announced that he will be leaving Kingfisher East Bengal as he wants to spend time with his family who reside in Perth.[8] He said that his decision for leaving was not money.[9]

On 23 May 2013, under his coaching Kingfisher East Bengal won the Calcutta Football League for the 34th time (3 times in a row). On the very day he announced officially that he is leaving East Bengal after 36 months of coaching. He was the most successful foreign coach of East Bengal and one of the most successful foreign coach of Indian football. He was succeeded by Marcos Falopa.[10]

On 28 October 2015, the Hero Indian Super League team Kerala Blasters announced that he will be assuming the responsibility of Head Coach effective immediately. Peter Taylor who was the head coach of the team was replaced with mutual consent, a club press release stated at Cochin, Kerala, India.[11] Three days later, Morgan was put back as assistant coach of the team while head of youth development, Terry Phelan would be the new head coach for the rest of the season.[12]

On 14 April 2016, Kingfisher East Bengal F.C. announced Morgan as the club's head coach[13] for a second time.

Personal life[edit]

Morgan is a West Ham supporter, having been born within five minutes of Upton Park.[2] He has three grown-up children, who still live in Australia.[2]



Bolton Wanderers


  1. ^ "Bhutan Appoints Former Hull City Assistant Coach Trevor Morgan As National Team Coach".
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Back to the Future". City Magazine. No. 38. Hull City AFC. October 2008. pp. 15–17.
  3. ^ Baker, Adam. "Taylor crosses the Bristol divide". Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  4. ^ "Other Sports: Englishman is new coach and Jalil switches to development - The Star Online". Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  5. ^ "FAS-Coach Trevor James Morgan is new Sarawak coach". Utusan Online. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  6. ^
  7. ^ "From Sengkang to the Premiership". Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Trevor Morgan clears the air". The Hindu. 9 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Morgan to leave East Bengal, says it's not for money – Times of India". The Times of India. 9 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Marcos Falopa Appointed as New East Bengal Coach". Archived from the original on 20 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Morgan to take charge of Kerala Blasters".
  12. ^ "Kerala Blasters appoint Terry Phelan as head coach". Times of India. 1 November 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Trevor Morgan back for second stint as East Bengal coach". THIF-LIVE.COM. 13 April 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016.


External links[edit]

  • Trevor Morgan at Soccerbase Edit this at Wikidata
  • "Trevor Morgan". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 13 October 2007.