4 January 2008

Bill Morrow

Name: William James Morrow
Born: 16 November 1851
Died: 22 January 1922
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Position: Forward

Representative Honours: Ireland: 3 Caps / 1 Goal (1883-1884).
Club Honours: (with Moyola Park) Irish Cup Winner 1880/81.

Club Career:
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Ulster
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Moyola.Park
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-1881
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Biography:
A big-name star in the earliest days of football in Ireland, Bill Morrow had been playing the “rugby code” as well as cricket with Mountpottinger and Ulster from 1874 to 1880. He took to the Association game initially with Ulster and joined Moyola Park, desperate for experienced players, in time for the first ever Irish Cup competition.

The Castledawson side drew criticism for their robust style of play, but it was undoubtedly effective as they won the 1881 Irish Cup final 1-0 over Cliftonville, courtesy of a goal from Morrow, their captain. Indeed Park did not concede a single goal throughout that inaugural competition!

Capped for the first time against England in February 1883, Morrow made history a month later when he scored the equalising goal that secured Ireland’s first ever draw, 1-1 against Wales at Ballynafeigh.

Morrow later umpired at several international matches involving Ireland and became a well-known referee.

Ireland Cap Details:
24-02-1883 England. A L 0-7 FR
17-03-1883 Wales... H D 1-1 FR 1 Goal
26-01-1884 Scotland H L 0-5 BC

Summary: 3/1. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 2.

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