Chris Morris (footballer)
Christopher Barry Morris (born 24 December 1963) is a former professional footballer, who played as a defender with Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough, among others. Morris also had a successful playing career with the Republic of Ireland national side during the Jack Charlton era.
|Full name||Christopher Barry Morris|
|Date of birth||24 December 1963|
|Place of birth||Newquay, Cornwall, England|
|1987–1993||Republic of Ireland||35||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Morris first began his career in 1982, signing for Sheffield Wednesday under ex-England international, Jack Charlton, in the old Division Two. He won promotion to the First Division with Wednesday in 1984. Morris made seventy-four appearances between 1983 and 1987, scoring one goal along the way. Morris then moved north of the border to Celtic, signing for £125,000 on 10 August 1987. He made his debut in the 4-0 win over Morton, at age 23. Between 1987 and 1992, Morris was the regular right-back for the Bhoys, with 160 appearances and 8 goals to his name. Morris won the domestic double (Scottish Premier Division and Scottish Cup) in 1987–88 with Celtic, in what was the club's centenary season. He was the only Celtic player to play in all 55 games of that season. He won a second Scottish Cup in 1989. Morris then moved on to Middlesbrough on 14 August 1992, where he remained for several seasons as a first team regular without ever becoming a crowd favourite. Troubled by an anterior cruciate ligament injury, he retired at the end of the 1996-97 season, when Boro were runners-up in the FA Cup and Football League Cup, but a 3-point deduction for postponing a match at short notice had caused them to be relegated from the Premier League.
In 1988, Morris once again caught the attention of Jack Charlton, who by then was the Republic of Ireland boss. Morris, although born in England, held dual British and Irish citizenship since birth due to being the son of an Irish mother. He was called up to play for Ireland and made a promising debut in the 5-0 friendly win against Israel at Dalymount Park on 10 November 1987. Morris soon made the number 2 shirt his own, and played his part in the successful qualification bid for Euro 88, the Republic's first ever major tournament. Morris played in all three games of the championships, including the famous 1-0 win over England. Although the Republic were eliminated following a late goal by Wim Kieft in their final group game against Holland, Morris became a household name in Ireland, along with the rest of the team, who were greeted as heroes on their return home. Morris continued in the side that qualified for World Cup 1990 in Italy, another major first for the Republic. He played in every game This time it was a goal from Salvatore Schillaci of Italy that saw Ireland off in the quarter finals, but it was another high-point for the team, and for Morris. Ireland failed to qualify for the next European Championships in 1992, and Morris played his final game against Wales on 17 November 1992.
Morris has a daughter, Rebecca, and a son, Christopher, from his first marriage.
After leaving football, Morris went back to Cornwall to work for the family business "Morris Cornish Pasties," which his parents have run since 1971. He also coaches Bodmin College football team, who were crowned east cornwall champions in Morris's first season with them.
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- "Celtic Centenary hero Chris Morris reveals Brendan Rodgers is inspiring his work with English FA". The Sun. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
- "Ireland's forgotten man: How the sixth Italia 90 penalty taker ended up running a Cornish pasty business". Irish Independent. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016.