47 Facts About Andy Morrison


Andrew Charles Morrison was born on 30 July 1970 and is a Scottish football manager and former footballer who is currently head coach of the Sri Lanka national team.

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At the age of 13, Andy Morrison had a trial at Southampton along with 39 other hopefuls including Alan Shearer, Tim Flowers and Matt Le Tissier.

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Andy Morrison was a regular fixture in the Plymouth side under manager Dave Kemp, but the arrival of Peter Shilton as player-manager in February 1991 marked the beginning of the end of his time at Plymouth.

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Andy Morrison took exception to Shilton's managerial style, while Shilton, for his part, was keen to cash in on one of his most saleable assets to bring in signings of his own.

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Andy Morrison spent one final season at Home Park following the club's relegation from the second tier in 1992, before Shilton accepted a £500,000 offer from Blackburn Rovers, then managed by Kenny Dalglish.

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Andy Morrison was given a 'torrid time' by Peter Ndlovu in the game and later claimed that Ndlovu had ruined his career with Blackburn.

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Andy Morrison played for Blackburn's reserve team, alongside Shay Given and former Plymouth teammate Nicky Marker.

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Andy Morrison played in the reserve team defeat against Manchester United's reserve team, which featured Bryan Robson and Dion Dublin, in which Marker's tackle on Ben Thornley led to the latter being sidelined for over a year and ultimately to legal action.

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Andy Morrison was unable to break into the Rovers side on a regular basis, as he faced competition from Colin Hendry, Henning Berg and Ian Pearce.

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Andy Morrison was suspended for the next two games after picking up a booking during the match and, thus, hitting the relevant number of disciplinary points.

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Andy Morrison scored in his debut for Huddersfield against Charlton.

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Andy Morrison won the respect of fans 'with his braveheart style warrior performances'.

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Andy Morrison fell out with Jackson early that season when the latter decided to make Barry Horne Huddersfield captain, leading to Andy Morrison's departure.

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Andy Morrison headed in City's second goal of the game and received a man of the match award, which was presented to him by former City winger Dennis Tueart.

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Andy Morrison endeared himself to the City fans and was made captain.

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Andy Morrison was an intimidating figure for the opposition and he could be intimidating as a team-mate as well.

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Andy Morrison captained City to victory over Gillingham in the 1999 Football League Second Division play-off Final at Wembley in May 1999.

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Andy Morrison was presented with the playoff trophy at the end of the game and became the fifth City captain to lift a trophy at Wembley.

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Andy Morrison has been succeeded, in this respect, by Carlos Tevez and Vincent Kompany, although they captained City to victories at the new Wembley Stadium.

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Collymore mentioned the incident in his autobiography, stating that Morrison 'stuck his tongue in my mouth' and that he was one of three players who sought to 'prove that they were real hard men when they were up against me'.

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Andy Morrison's performances endeared him to then Scotland manager Craig Brown.

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Andy Morrison spent 14 months attempting to return to the Manchester City team, even requesting that Royle loan him out to his former club Blackpool who were managed by Steve McMahon at the time.

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Andy Morrison then joined Crystal Palace, on a months loan in October 2000, to continue improving his match fitness.

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At Crystal Palace, Andy Morrison played alongside both Neil Ruddock and Steve Staunton in defence.

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Andy Morrison's absence had prompted Royle to sign Spencer Prior to help City earn promotion, and subsequently Steve Howey and Richard Dunne to help the team stay in the top flight.

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Andy Morrison returned to the City team in a League Cup game against Ipswich in December 2000.

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Andy Morrison played in the fifth round of the FA Cup, against eventual winners Liverpool.

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Andy Morrison was spoken to by a police officer for squirting water at a Liverpool fan after he had been replaced by Tony Grant.

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Andy Morrison was loaned out to Sheffield United, who were then managed by Neil Warnock.

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Andy Morrison played alongside another former Manchester City captain, Keith Curle, in defence at Sheffield United.

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The wisdom of allowing Andy Morrison to be loaned out was questioned when Howey suffered an injury whilst playing for City.

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Andy Morrison was linked with moves to Burnley, Stoke City and Bristol City.

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Andy Morrison ultimately failed to recover from the injury that he sustained while he was at Sheffield United and he was released by the club at the end of the season.

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Andy Morrison is a first-class professional and deserves a chance to further his career.

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Andy Morrison played 45 minutes for Bury's reserve team, but his injury prevented him taking any further part.

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Andy Morrison is remembered by Manchester City fans as one of their best-ever captains, and was voted so in the club's official magazine.

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Andy Morrison was the man for the job and the man for the division.

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Andy Morrison is the kind of player that Forest need – if they can find somebody like him.

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Andy Morrison was as strong as they come and feared nobody – he played a big part in turning things round for us.

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Andy Morrison was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Bloomfield Road when it was officially opened by former Blackpool player Jimmy Armfield in April 2006.

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Andy Morrison became assistant manager to Andy Preece at Worcester City.

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Andy Morrison resigned from the club on 16 January 2012 along with the rest of the first team management, with the club reporting that Preece was expected to be appointed Director of Football at Welsh Premier League side Airbus UK Broughton the next day.

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On 2 November 2015 Andy Morrison was appointed Director of Football at Welsh Premier League club Connah's Quay.

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Andy Morrison led The Nomads to their highest ever finish in his first season in charge, leading the side to a fourth-placed finish in the Welsh Premier League, and winning the play-off final against Airbus UK Broughton, leading to the club's first ever venture into the UEFA Europa League.

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In 2016, Andy Morrison won the 20th edition of the Footballers' Golf Classic at the world-famous La Manga Club in Spain, defeating his former boss Kenny Dalglish in the process.

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Andy Morrison failed to inform the Department for Work and Pensions and Vale Royal Borough Council in Cheshire that he had £58,000 in his bank account while he was still claiming benefits.

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Andy Morrison defrauded the authorities out of more than £6,500 and was ordered to pay £95 court costs and carry out a fifty-hour community punishment order.

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