Walsall player 436. Geoffrey “Geoff” Morris

Geoffrey “Geoff” Morris (8 February 1949 – 16 February 2015) was an English footballer who played for Walsall, Shrewsbury Town, Bangor City, Port Vale, Kidderminster Harriers, and Brisbane Lions (Australia). A winger, he scored 58 goals in 305 league games in an 11-year career in the Football League. He won promotion out of the Fourth Division with Shrewsbury Town in 1974–75.
Born at Great Barr, West Bromwich, Morris began his career in 1964 at Walsall, who finished ninth in the Third Division in 1965–66 under the stewardship of Ray Shaw. He became the youngest player in the club’s history when he made his debut against Peterborough United in September 1965 aged 16 years and 218 days. The “Saddlers” then finished 12th in 1966–67 and seventh in 1967–68. New boss Bill Moore took the club to 13th in 1968–69, 12th in 1969–70, 20th in 1970–71, and ninth in 1971–72. Morris left the club after a 17th-place finish in 1972–73. He scored 35 goals in 177 league games at Fellows Park.
He moved on to Maurice Evans’s Shrewsbury Town, who were relegated into the Fourth Division in 1973–74. The “Shrews” then won immediate promotion with a second-place finish in 1974–75 under the stewardship of rookie manager Alan Durban. He scored nine goals in 75 league games at Gay Meadow.
He spent time in the Northern Premier League with Bangor City, before he was signed by Port Vale manager Roy Sproson for a £200 fee in August 1975. He was unable to make an impact for the “Valiants” in the 1975–76 season, making 15 Third Division and two FA Cup appearances, scoring one goal in a 1–1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion at Vale Park on 6 September.
He was given a free transfer in May 1976 and moved on to Kidderminster Harriers. He helped Harriers to an eighth-place finish in Division One North of the Southern League in 1976–77.
He left Aggborough and moved to Australia to score 13 goals in 38 National Soccer League games for Brisbane Lions in 1977 and 1978.
Morris died on 16 February 2015 at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital after a short illness, aged 66. His funeral took place at Shrewsbury Crematorium on 5 March.

Personal information
Full name Geoffrey Morris
Date of birth 8 February 1949
Place of birth West Bromwich, England
Date of death 16 February 2015 (aged 66)
Playing position Left-Winger
Youth career
1964–1965 Walsall
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1973 Walsall 177 (35)
1973–1975 Shrewsbury Town 75 (9)
1975 Bangor City
1975–1976 Port Vale 15 (1)
1976–1977 Kidderminster Harriers
1977–1978 Brisbane Lions 38 (13)
Total 305+ (58+)

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