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Johnny Morrissey

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

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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

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 36 1 0 0 0 37
1957-1958 2 0 0 0 0 2
1958-1959 2 0 0 0 0 2
1959-1960 9 0 0 0 0 9
1960-1961 23 1 0 0 0 24
1961-1962 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

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

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 6 0 0 0 0 6
1957-1958 0 0 0 0 0 0
1958-1959 0 0 0 0 0 0
1959-1960 1 0 0 0 0 1
1960-1961 5 0 0 0 0 5
1961-1962 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
6 League
Total Goal minute period
1 1-15 minutes
1 16-30 minutes
1 31-45 minutes
2 61-75 minutes
1 76-90 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
6 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 23.09.1957 Stoke City Victoria Ground League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 62 05.09.1959 Sheffield United Bramall Lane League

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"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

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