Wes Morgan

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Wes Morgan
Wes Morgan Warming up vs Leaminton Spa.jpg
Morgan warming up for Leicester City in 2013
Personal information
Full name Westley Nathan Morgan[1]
Date of birth (1984-01-21) 21 January 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 5
Youth career
1995–1999 Notts County[3]
1999–2000 Dunkirk[4]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2012 Nottingham Forest 352 (12)
2003 Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 5 (1)
2012– Leicester City 182 (7)
National team
2013– Jamaica 28 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:35, 16 May 2016 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:29, 18 June 2016 (UTC)

Westley Nathan "Wes" Morgan (born 21 January 1984) is a Jamaican professional footballer who plays as a defender for and is captain of English club Leicester City and the Jamaica national team.

He spent the majority of his career with his boyhood club, Nottingham Forest, playing 402 official games and scoring 14 goals. He was their longest-serving player when he transferred to Leicester City in January 2012. Morgan became Leicester's captain later that year, and has gone on to play nearly 200 matches in all competitions for them, captaining them to the Championship title in 2014 and the Premier League title two years later.

Born and brought up in England, Morgan chose to represent his ancestral Jamaica at international level, making his debut for them in 2013. He was part of their teams that competed in two Copa América tournaments and finished runners-up at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Career[edit]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

Early years[edit]

Morgan playing for Nottingham Forest in 2002

Morgan was born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. Having been rejected by Nottingham Forest's near neighbours Notts County at the age of 15, and went to study business at South Notts College while playing semi-professionally in central midfield for Dunkirk F.C. in the Midland Football Alliance. His performances were tracked by non-league teams and Forest, who took him as an apprentice while he continued studying. There was no transfer fee, but Dunkirk received two Forest kits. Their clubhouse has his Forest and Leicester shirts on the wall.[5]

In February 2003, with manager Paul Hart considering him close to a first-team breakthrough after his reserve performances, Morgan was loaned to Kidderminster Harriers of the Third Division.[6] He made his professional debut on 1 March, playing the full 90 minutes of a 1–3 loss to Scunthorpe United at Aggborough, deflecting a 25-yard Peter Beagrie shot for the first goal.[7] Morgan totalled five appearances for the Worcestershire side, scoring his first goal two weeks after his debut, heading to confirm a 2–0 victory at Cambridge United.[8]

Hart wanted Morgan to lose weight before joining the first team, which became a priority as the team had lost several players after losing in the last season's play-offs.[5] He made his debut at left back on 12 August 2003 away to Port Vale at the age of 19; after a goalless draw Forest won a penalty shootout to advance to the second round of the League Cup.[9] Four days later he made his First Division debut in a 3–0 loss to Reading; Hart considered him the man of the match.[5] On 18 October, he scored his first goal for Forest, heading Eoin Jess' cross to finish a 6–0 win over bottom team Wimbledon at the City Ground.[10] He totalled 32 games across the season, also scoring an equaliser on 3 December in the home game against Ipswich Town, and was sent off twice over the campaign.

First-team regular[edit]

In the 2007–08 campaign, Morgan missed only four games all season, as he helped Forest finish second in the league and gain promotion from League One to the Championship.[11] His only goal of the season came in a 2–0 victory at Tranmere Rovers, while Forest kept a season-record 24 clean sheets.

Morgan found it hard adapting to life back in the Championship during the first half of the 2008–09 season, with Forest languishing in the relegation zone by Christmas. Following the dismissal of Colin Calderwood on Boxing Day 2008, and the arrival of Billy Davies soon after, Morgan and the Forest defence looked far more solid as the season progressed which eventually led to the Reds retaining their Championship status. At the end of the 2008–09 season he had made a total of 274 appearances in all competitions, including 255 starts.

October 2011 saw Wes Morgan make his 400th appearance for Nottingham Forest against Hull City in a match in which he was also handed the captaincy.

On 20 January 2012, Nottingham Forest announced they rejected a bid for Morgan from local rivals Leicester City.[12]

Leicester City[edit]

Morgan (right) playing for Leicester City in an FA Cup quarter-final match against Chelsea on 18 March 2012

On 30 January 2012, Morgan joined East Midland rivals Leicester City for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £1 million. As a result of his performances towards the end of the 2011–12 season, he was awarded with the Leicester City captaincy ahead of the 2012–13 season.[13] His impressive performances early on earned him a nomination for Championship Player of the Month for September.[14]

Leicester won the 2013–14 Football League Championship, in which he missed only one game.[15] Afterwards, the club used a clause in his would-be expired contract to keep him for another season;[16] he eventually signed a new three-year deal.[15]

In the Premier League for the 2014–15 season, Morgan scored his first goal of the season in a 4–3 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on 21 March 2015, and another in 3–0 win over Newcastle on the 5 May. On 19 April 2015, Morgan was selected in the "The Football Manager Team of the Decade" at the Football League Awards.[17]

Morgan kept his place for the 2015–16 season, playing in every minute of all 38 Premier League matches,[18] one of only 4 players to achieve that accolade (including teammate Kasper Schmeichel) in that season. On 3 April 2016, he scored the only goal against Southampton,[19] despite feeling ill.[5] On 1 May, he equalised with a header in a 1–1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford, and the next day Leicester won the title, with Morgan becoming the first Jamaican to win a Premier League medal.[20] After captaining Leicester City to the title, Morgan was included in the Premier League PFA Team of the Year, alongside teammates Jamie Vardy, N'Golo Kanté and Riyad Mahrez.[21]

Manager Claudio Ranieri said "Wes Morgan is Baloo off The Jungle Book. He is a big gentle bear who looks after all the lads. He does not speak so much but when he does speak, everybody listens. He is the perfect captain. I never knew anything about him before I came here. But I watched all the matches, I watched how solid, strong and intelligent he was".[5]

International career[edit]

On 1 September 2013, Morgan was called up to the Jamaican squad for the first time.[22][23] He made his debut in a 0–0 draw against Panama at the Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City on 7 September 2013.[24] Morgan captained the Reggae Boyz for the first time in the 3–1 defeat to Canada on 9 September 2014.[25]

Morgan was part of the Jamaican squad invited to the 2015 Copa América in Chile. He played every minute of their campaign, in which they were eliminated in last place in their group.[26] Weeks later, he was again an undisputed part of their team at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States and Canada, helping them to a first final, which was lost 3–1 to Mexico at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Morgan has a child with the sister of fellow professional footballer, Leon Best.[28]

He is a co-owner of Blue Ink, a tattoo studio in Leicester.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 15 May 2016.[18][30]
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[31] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2002–03 Kidderminster Harriers (loan) Third Division 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Total 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
2002–03 Nottingham Forest First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003–04 32 2 1 0 3 0 0 0 36 2
2004–05 Championship 43 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 51 1
2005–06 League One 43 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 47 2
2006–07 38 0 5 0 1 0 5 1 49 1
2007–08 42 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 46 1
2008–09 Championship 42 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 46 1
2009–10 44 3 2 0 3 0 2 0 51 3
2010–11 46 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 51 1
2011–12 22 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 25 2
Total 352 12 20 0 20 1 10 1 402 14
2011–12 Leicester City Championship 17 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2012–13 45 1 3 0 1 0 2 0 51 1
2013–14 45 2 0 0 3 1 0 0 48 3
2014–15 Premier League 37 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 40 2
2015–16 38 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 38 2
Total 182 7 8 0 4 1 2 0 196 8
Career total 539 20 28 0 24 2 12 1 603 23

International[edit]

As of match played 13 June 2016.[32]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Jamaica 2013 4 0
2014 6 0
2015 13 0
2016 5 0
Total 28 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Leicester City

Nottingham Forest

Individual[edit]

International[edit]

Jamaica

References[edit]

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  31. ^ Includes Football League play-offs and Football League Trophy matches.
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