Johnny Morrissey

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Johnny Morrissey
Personal information
Date of birth (1940-04-18) 18 April 1940 (age 80)
Place of birth Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Playing position(s) Outside left
Youth career
Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1962 Liverpool 36 (6)
1962–1972 Everton 259 (43)
1972–1973 Oldham Athletic 6 (1)
Total 301 (50)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Morrissey (born 18 April 1940) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League for Liverpool, Everton and Oldham Athletic,[1] and won the Football League Championship with Everton in both 1962–63 and 1969–70.

Club career[edit]

Morrissey was born in Liverpool, and began his football career as a junior with Liverpool, signing professional forms when he turned 17, and making his debut in September 1957. He played as an outside left, and was unable to dislodge Alan A'Court from that position in the first team.[2]

In 1962 he "crossed the park" to join Everton for a fee of £10,000,[3] sold without manager Bill Shankly's knowledge.[2] He scored on his Everton debut, in the first league Merseyside derby in 11 seasons, which finished as a 2–2 draw, and went on to help the club to the First Division title in his first season.[4][5]

He scored the goal in the semi-final that took Everton to the 1968 FA Cup Final,[3] and played on the losing side in that match.[6] In the 1969–70 season he helped Everton win the First Division for a second time playing the full 90 minutes in 41 of the 42 games and contributing nine goals from the left-wing.[7] In 10 years with Everton, Morrissey scored 50 goals from 314 games in all competitions.[4] Despite his small stature Morrissey had a reputation as an uncompromising player, Jimmy Greaves once commenting that he "always got the retaliation in first!" Johnny Giles, whilst recognising Morrissey's unflinching style, commented on him: "Well Johnny Morrissey, first of all, was a top-class player. He was a terrific player."[8]

He finished his career with a brief stay at Oldham Athletic, which brought his total of League appearances over the 300 mark.[1] His son John had a successful career with Tranmere Rovers making 470 League appearance for them between 1985 and 1999.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Johnny Morrissey". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
  2. ^ a b "John Morrissey". Liverpool FC. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Everton Legends I–M". Everton FC. Archived from the original on 16 October 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Everton Player Stats John Morrissey". Everton F.C. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
  5. ^ "First Division Champions 1962–63". EFC History. Steve Clay. Archived from the original on 10 January 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
  6. ^ Fort, Didier (15 February 2006). "England – FA Cup Finals 1946–2000". RSSSF. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
  7. ^ First Division
  8. ^ Video on YouTube

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