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Johnny Morris

Derby County FC

3 appearances, 3 goals (1 on debut)

P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1 F 7: A 4
67% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  John Morris
Birth 27 September 1923 in Outwood, Radcliffe, Lancashire [registered in Prestwich, September 1923]. To Robert and Annie (née Quigley)
Baptism 24 October 1923 at St. Matthew's Church, Little Lever, Lancashire. Child of Robert Annie (née Borkin), living at 102 Ringley Road, Outwood.
His father is a side piecer, Baptism by F.Price
Marriage to Marion Davenport [registered in Heywood, March 1945].
Death 6 April 2011 in an Ainsworth nursing home, aged 87 years 191 days.
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Club Career

Club(s) He was spotted whilst playing Sunday school football, and became a junior with Mujacs FC, the Manchester United FC nursery team, in August 1939. He later turned professional in March 1941 and guested for teams such as Charlton Athletic FC and Bolton Wanderers FC during WW2 (Morris himself was part of the Royal Armoured Corps'), but after falling out with Matt Busby and after 32 goals in 83 league appearances, he was sold to Derby County FC for a British Record Transfer fee of £23,850 in March 1949 (130 league apps, 44 goals). It was rumoured that Morris was being exchanged for Bolton Wanderers FC's Harold Hassall early in 1952, but he finally joined Leicester City FC for £20,000 in October 1952, becoming their right-half (206 league apps, 33 goals). Finally joining Corby Town FC as their player-manager in June 1958. He left for Kettering Town FC in 1961 for a similar position before retiring from playing in 1962.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1947-48; Football League Division Two winners 1953-54, 1956-57;
Individual honours Football League (five appearances)
Distinctions Morris collapsed on the pitch in a match between Derby County and Arsenal on 1 October 1949, he underwent a successful operation for appendicitis the day after. He remained in hospital for a fortnight.
Height/Weight 5' 7¾", 10st. 8lbs [1950].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Management Career

Club(s) After hanging up his boots wth Kettering Town FC in 1962. He joined Rugby Town FC as their manager, before taking up the same position with Great Harwood FC in 1964 and Oswestry Town FC in October 1967.

England Career

Player number One of three who became the 683rd players (685) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inisde-right
First match No. 247, 18 May 1949, Norway 1 England 4, an end-of-season tour match at Ullevål Stadion, Ullevål, Oslo, aged 25 years 233 days.
Last match No. 249, 21 September 1949, England 0 Republic of Ireland 2, a friendly match at Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool, aged 25 years 359 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours England B (one appearance, one goal, May 1949);
England's Top Goalscorer 1948-49 (3 along with Mortensen, Milburn and Finney);
Distinctions None

Beyond England

After leaving football, became a tyre salesman. Morris was a keen golfer and continued to play well into his 80s. He was also a regular attender of functions for the former players of Derby County. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.180.

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes goals ave.min captain
2 3 270 3 90 min none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
3 2 0 1 7 4 +3 1 0 2.333 1.333 66.7 +1
both his matches played were friendly matches, and in a white shirt

Venue Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 1 0 0.00 2.00 0.00 -1
Away 2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 100.0 +2

Match History

 Club: Derby County F.C. - three full appearances (270 min) manager: Walter Winterbottom - three full appearances (270 min)x

apps match pic match details comp res. rundown shirt

Age 25
246 13 May 1949 - Sweden 3 England 1, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna tour AL party member
one appearance - Finland A 15 May 1949
1 247 18 May 1949 - Norway 1 England 4
Ullevål Stadion, Oslo
  AW   71 8

one of three who became the 683rd player (685) to appear for England.
the 29th Derby County player to represent England
the 128th player to score on his England debut

party member - Netherlands A 18 May 1949
2 248 22 May 1949 - France 1 England 3
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris
  AW 8

3 249 21 September 1949 - England 0 Republic of Ireland 2
Goodison Park, Liverpool
Fr HL   8