Player profile

Johnny Morrissey

Birthdate: 18 April 1940
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Other clubs: Everton (1962-72), Oldham Athletic (1972-73)
Bought from: Local
Signed for LFC: Joined 1955 - Professional 29.04.1957
Liverpool debut: 23.09.1957
Last appearance: 03.05.1961
Debut goal: 05.09.1959
Last goal: 01.04.1961
Contract expiry: 01.09.1962
Win ratio: 51.35% W: 19 D: 7 L: 11
Games/goals ratio: 6.17
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 17 / 3
LFC league games/goals: 36 / 6
Total LFC games/goals: 37 / 6

Player profile

Morrissey came through the junior ranks at Anfield before signing professional forms in May 1957 shortly after his seventeenth birthday. Kevin Lewis blocked his way into the team on the right wing but he played regularly from 28 January onwards in the 1960/61 season. Roger Hunt's injury opened the door for him as outside-left Alan A' Court was moved to the middle giving Morrissey a run in the side on the left. With the up-and-coming Ian Callaghan on their books Morrissey was deemed surplus to requirements by Liverpool's board of directors that decided to sell him over Shankly' head for a give-away £10,000 in 1962. Bill threatened to quit over this matter and actually wrote a resignation letter. Morrissey, who was a tough customer and uncompromising on the field, played over 250 games in a successful spell for the Blues who won the League Championship in 1963 and the FA Cup three years later.

Morrissey earned the respect of the Anfield Iron, Tommy Smith, in their many battles on Merseyside. "You don’t expect wingers to be the bravest of the brave. However, there was one who you handled with care, simply because he was likely to get the first tackle in and the second one if you let him! His name was Johnny Morrissey and he played for our arch-rivals," Smith said. "He was fearless. The Everton fans called him “Mogsy”. He looked more like a boxer than a footballer."

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals36100037
1957-1958 200002
1958-1959 200002
1959-1960 900009
1960-1961 23100024
1961-1962 000000

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
5Scunthorpe United
4Sunderland
3Derby
3Stoke City
2Portsmouth
2Plymouth Argyle
2Swansea City
2Lincoln City
2Leyton Orient
2Bristol Rovers
2Sheffield United
1Charlton Athletic
1Luton Town
1Norwich City
1Huddersfield Town
1Ipswich Town
1Middlesbrough
1Bristol City
1Hull City
TotalCompetition
36League
1FA Cup

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals600006
1957-1958 000000
1958-1959 000000
1959-1960 100001
1960-1961 500005
1961-1962 000000

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalCompetition
6League
TotalGoal minute period
11-15 minutes
116-30 minutes
131-45 minutes
046-60
261-75 minutes
176-90 minutes
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
6Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
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Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
123.09.1957Stoke CityVictoria GroundLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
16205.09.1959Sheffield UnitedBramall LaneLeague

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Related Quotes

"You don’t expect wingers to be the bravest of the brave. However there was one who you handled with care, simply because he was likely to get the first tackle in and the second one if you let him! His name was Johnny Morrissey and he played for our arch-rivals. The irony of all of this was that he once played for Liverpool. He was sold above the manager’s head and the boss was furious. John crossed the Park for a give-away £10,000 in 1962 and immediately helped the Blues win the League Championship in 1963. He was fearless. The Everton fans called him “Mogsy”. He looked more like a boxer than a footballer."

Tommy Smith on Johnny Morrissey

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1957-1958 * Midfielder
1958-1959 * Midfielder
1959-1960 * Midfielder
1960-1961 * Midfielder
1961-1962 * Midfielder
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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