Players - Richard Morris

Richard Morris
Birthdate: 1879
Birthplace: Newtown, Wales
Other clubs: Newtown (1900-02), Druids (1902), Leeds City (1905-06), Grimsby Town (1906-07), Plymouth Argyle (1907-08), Reading (1908), Huddersfield Town (1908-10), Newtown RWW (1910-11), Merthyr Town (1911)
Bought from: Druids
Signed for LFC: 24.03.1902
International debut: 22.02.1902 vs. Ireland
International caps: 6/1 (1/0 at LFC) - 11.04.1908
Liverpool debut: 19.04.1902
Last appearance: 21.04.1905
Debut goal: 10.10.1903
Last goal: 17.09.1904
Contract expiry: 09.05.1905
Win ratio: 38.46% W:15 D:9 L:15
Games/goals ratio: 7.8
LFC league games/goals: 38 / 5
Total LFC games/goals: 39 / 5

Player Profile

Inside-left Morris was one of the first Newtown natives to volunteer his services at the front of the Boer War, fighting for South Wales Borderers. In August 1902 his former teammates at Newtown sent him a gold medal and watch chain as "a token of esteem and regret at his leaving their district." Although Morris only scored five times in his 38 League appearances for Liverpool, two of them earned a draw in the Merseyside derby in October 1903. Morris was often criticized for wasting good scoring opportunities, but he was "one of the trickiest players who ever kicked a ball. He is too clever, too fond of arguing I believe is the expression now current," noted the joint Everton/Liverpool programme in 1904. He was furthermore described as a "tireless runner and top speed dribbler." Liverpool had excellent forwards on their books restricting Morris to only seven games in the 1904/05 season so he headed to second division Leeds City in the summer of 1905.
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 38 1 0 0 0 39
1901-1902 3 0 0 0 0 3
1902-1903 11 0 0 0 0 11
1903-1904 17 1 0 0 0 18
1904-1905 7 0 0 0 0 7
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Total Opponent
3 Stoke City
3 Sunderland
3 Bury
3 WBA
3 Notts County
2 Grimsby Town
2 Birmingham City
2 Sheffield Wednesday
2 Blackburn Rovers
2 Everton
2 Lincoln City
2 Derby
1 Sheffield United
1 Aston Villa
1 Newcastle United
1 Manchester City
1 Wolves
1 Leicester City
1 Nottingham Forest
1 Doncaster Rovers
1 Bradford City
1 Chesterfield
Total Competition
38 League
1 FA Cup
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 5 0 0 0 0 5
1901-1902 0 0 0 0 0 0
1902-1903 0 0 0 0 0 0
1903-1904 4 0 0 0 0 4
1904-1905 1 0 0 0 0 1
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Total Competition
5 League
Total Open play/Penalty
5 Open play
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 19.04.1902 Bury Anfield League
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 0 10.10.1903 Everton Anfield League
Related Articles
Letter from the front

Montgomery County Times and Shropshire and Mid-Wales Advertiser on 3 November 3 1900.

Enthusiastic send-off from Newtown

Published in the Montgomery County Times and Shropshire and Mid-Wales Advertiser on 27 January 1900.

Morris departs for Leeds City

From the Liverpool Daily Post on 9 May 1905.

Arriving at the front

A letter to his sister in June 1900 from the front.

Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Newtown 1900-1902 The Combination N/A N/A N/A N/A
Druids 1902 Birmingham & District League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Leeds City 1905-1906 England Second Division 25 5 31 10
Grimsby Town 1906-1907 England Second Division 24 7 26 7
Plymouth Argyle 1907-1908 Southern League 38 10 38 10
Reading 1908-1909 Southern League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Huddersfield Town 1909-1910 Midland League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Newtown RWW 1910-1911 Wales N/A N/A N/A N/A
Merthyr Town 1911 Wales N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 87 22 95 27