11 October 2007

Gerry Morgan

Name: Francis Gerard Morgan*
Born: 25 July 1899, Belfast
Died: March 1959
Position: Centre-Half

Representative Honours: Ireland: 8 Full Caps (1922-1928); Irish League: 1 Cap (1922).
Club Honours: (with Linfield) Irish League Champion 1921/22; Irish Cup Winner 1921/22; Gold Cup Winner 1921/22; City Cup Winner 1921/22; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1921/22; Alhambra Cup Winner 1921/22; Belfast Charity Cup Winner 1921/22.



Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Army Football
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-
-
-
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St Paul's Swifts
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-
-
-
-
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Cliftonville
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Amateur
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-
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Linfield
21/22-22/23
May-21
£50
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-
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Nott'm Forest
22/23-28/29
Nov-22
-
200/6
19/0
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Luton Town
29/30
Aug-29
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4/0
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Grantham
30/31
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-
(Midland League)
Cork
31/32
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-
(Irish Free State League)
Ballymena
33/34
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*8/0
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Bray Unknowns
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-
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(Irish Free State League)
TOTALS
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£-
212/6
19/0
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* all games

Biography:


As a player Gerry Morgan had a glorious career, but it was as trainer to Linfield and Ireland that he is best remembered.

A member of the Linfield “Seven Trophy” team of 1921/22, it was with the Blues that he won his first two caps. He then moved on to England where he was a regular centre-half (and occasional right-half) for Nottingham Forest in the First and Second Divisions.

Later he was to become 'Uncle Gerry', confidante to players such as Danny Blanchflower, wizard with the 'magic sponge' and one of the most enduring characters in the history of the Irish game.

More to follow.

Ireland Cap Details:

25-05-1922 Norway.. A L 1-2 FR
21-10-1922 England. A L 0-2 BC
01-03-1924 Scotland A L 0-2 BC
20-10-1926 England. A D 3-3 BC
22-10-1927 England. H W 2-0 BC
04-02-1928 Wales... H L 1-2 BC
25-02-1928 Scotland A W 1-0 BC
22-10-1928 England. A L 1-2 BC


Summary: 8/0. Won 2, Drew 1, Lost 5.

With thanks to Martin O'Connor.

* Middle name also reported as Gerald.

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