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Mick was best known as a English footballer .
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Mick Morris
Personal information
Full nameMichael John Morris[1]
Date of birth20 January 1943
Place of birthPlaistow, Essex, England[1]
Date of death16 March 2020[2]
Playing position(s)Forward
Youth career
Barking
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
Grays Athletic
West Ham United0(0)
Faversham Town
1964–1967Oxford United[3]90(15)
1967–1972Port Vale184(24)
1972–1977Stafford Rangers
Leek Town
Total274+(39+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Michael John Morris (born 20 January 1943 - died 16 March 2020) was an English footballer who played as a forward. He spent time with Barking, Grays Athletic, West Ham United (without making a first-team appearance), and Faversham Town, before he joined Oxford United in 1964. He helped the club to win promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1964–65, before he moved on to Port Vale in July 1967. He helped the "Valiants" to also win promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1969–70, before he was moved on to Stafford Rangers in May 1972. After five years with Rangers he ended his career at Leek Town.
Contents
1 Playing career
2 Post-retirement
3 Statistics
4 Honours
5 References
Playing career
Morris played for Barking (Isthmian League), Grays Athletic, West Ham United (without making a first-team appearance), and Faversham Town, before he joined Oxford United. He helped Arthur Turner's "U's" to win promotion out of the Fourth Division in the 1964–65 campaign. United managed to establish themselves in the Third Division in 1965–66 and 1966–67. He scored 15 goals in 90 league games during his time at the Manor Ground.
Morris signed with Stanley Matthews's Port Vale in July 1967. He scored six goals in 31 appearances in the 1967–68 season and scored five goals in 38 games during the 1968–69 season. He then found himself as a utility player at Vale Park under manager Gordon Lee, and missed just two of the "Valiants" 52 games in the 1969–70 Fourth Division promotion-winning campaign. He nevertheless had a fractured relationship with Lee. Morris was an ever-present 1970–71 season, scoring eight goals in 48 appearances. He then scored three goals in 33 games in the 1971–72 campaign. He was given a free transfer in May 1972, after becoming disillusioned with Lee's defensive tactics. He then spent five years with nearby Northern Premier League side Stafford Rangers; he appeared for them at Wembley. He later played for Leek Town and Jubilee W.M.C.
Post-retirement
After retiring as a player he settled in North Staffordshire. He also ran the first ten Potteries marathons, as well as twice in the London Marathon. In 2002, he underwent a double heart bypass operation.
He died on the 16th of March, 2020.
Statistics
Source:
Club
Season
Division
League
FA Cup
Other
Total
Apps
Goals
Apps
Goals
Apps
Goals
Apps
Goals
Oxford United
1964–65
Fourth Division
29
3
1
0
2
0
32
3
1965–66
Third Division
27
5
0
0
0
0
27
5
1966–67
Third Division
34
7
1
0
1
0
36
7
Total
90
15
2
0
3
0
95
15
Port Vale
1967–68
Fourth Division
30
6
1
0
0
0
31
6
1968–69
Fourth Division
33
4
5
1
1
0
39
5
1969–70
Fourth Division
45
3
5
0
0
0
50
3
1970–71
Third Division
46
8
1
0
1
0
48
8
1971–72
Third Division
31
3
2
0
0
0
33
3
Total
184
24
14
1
2
0
200
25
Career total
274
39
16
1
5
0
295
40
Honours
Oxford United
Football League Fourth Division fourth place promotion winner: 1964–65
Port Vale
Football League Fourth Division fourth place promotion winner: 1969–70
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