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Greenock Morton Football Club is a Scottish professional football club, which will play in the Scottish Championship in 2017–18. The club was founded as Morton Football Club in 1874, making it one of the oldest senior Scottish clubs. Morton was renamed Greenock Morton in 1994 to celebrate the links with its home town of Greenock.

Greenock Morton
Greenock Morton FC logo.svg
Full name Greenock Morton Football Club
Nickname(s) The Ton[1]
Founded 1874; 144 years ago (1874) (as Morton F.C.)[2]
Ground Cappielow Park
Sinclair Street
Ground Capacity 11,589[3] (5,741 seated)
Owner Golden Casket Group
Chairman Douglas Rae
Manager Jim Duffy
League Scottish Championship
2016–17 Scottish Championship, 4th
Website Club website
Current season

Morton won the Scottish Cup in 1922, and achieved its highest league finish in 1916–17, as runners-up to champions Celtic. Morton holds the record for the most promotions to and relegations from the top flight (10 promotions and 10 relegations), but has not competed in the top flight of the Scottish football league system since 1988. In 2014–15, Morton won its tenth league title in all divisions by winning the Scottish League One championship on the final day.



19th centuryEdit

Morton Football Club was established in 1874.[2] In the early 1870s the popularity of football was growing, with many clubs being established around Scotland. At the club's inaugural meeting, the first recorded words were "that this club be called Morton Football Club".[2] The true reason for the name 'Morton' remains unclear, though the general consensus is that the club was named after the 'Morton Terrace', a row of houses next to the original playing field, where some of the players lived.[2] The name would be altered in 1994 to read 'Greenock Morton Football Club', to celebrate the club's links with its hometown, though it is still almost universally referred to as 'Morton'.

Morton was one of the founding members of the old Second Division, formed in 1893, and finished 8th in its first season. Morton first gained promotion to the old First Division in 1899–1900, and finished 4th in its first season there.

20th centuryEdit

Morton's greatest success came in its 1–0 defeat of Rangers in the 1922 Scottish Cup Final. Jimmy Gourlay scored the winning goal directly from a free kick in the 11th minute. Right after the match Morton boarded a train for Hartlepool to play the local side in a pre-arranged friendly match. The celebrations were delayed until the following Wednesday when 10,000 locals turned out at Cappielow Park to celebrate.

Morton has made two other major cup final appearances. On Saturday 17 April 1948, Morton drew 1–1 with Rangers in the Scottish Cup Final.[4] Morton's goal was a free kick scored by Jimmy White. The match was replayed on Wednesday 21 April. This time Rangers won 1–0 after extra time. The goal was said to be highly controversial because it was claimed that Morton goalkeeper Jimmy Cowan was blinded by the flash of a camera.[5] These matches were significant because of the huge crowds they attracted. The first match was played in front of 132,629. The replay, in front of 133,750, was at the time a British record attendance for a midweek match.[6]

Morton's third and final major cup final to date was in the League Cup, played on Saturday, 26 October 1963. As in its previous two final appearances, Morton's opponent was once again Glasgow Rangers. Rangers won by 5 goals to nil[7](HT: 0–0) in front of 106,000 supporters.

During the Second World War 'guest' players were common at clubs throughout Great Britain. Morton was particularly fortunate in this respect in that two of English football's greatest ever players turned out at Cappielow. Sir Stanley Matthews[8] and Tommy Lawton[9] made several guest appearances for Morton. When Morton reached the 1948 Scottish Cup Final both players sent telegrams wishing good luck to their former club. Matthews simply said 'I am delighted to see Morton reach the final of the Scottish Cup'.[citation needed] Lawton's was more expressive, he said 'Memories of happy days during the war at Cappielow compel me to wish the Morton manager & the boys all the best of luck in their cup final at Hampden'.[citation needed]

To date Morton has played in a European Club Competition once. After finishing 6th in Scotland's top division in 1967–68 Morton qualified for the European Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (now the UEFA Europa League). Drawn to play Chelsea, the club was eliminated at the first hurdle after a 5–0 defeat at Stamford Bridge and a 4–3 defeat at Cappielow.[10]

In 1992–93 Morton lost 3–2 to Hamilton Academical in the Scottish Challenge Cup Final[11] in front of 7,391 fans. The final was played at Love Street, the home of Morton's arch rivals St Mirren.

21st centuryEdit

After experiencing financial problems the team was relegated from the First Division at the end of the 2000–01 season after a six-year stay and was put into administration. The club's financial problems continued and a second successive relegation followed. In season 2002–03, Morton's first ever season in the Third Division, the club's financial situation was resolved by the takeover by chairman Douglas Rae. Rae appointed John McCormack as manager,[12] and the team won the Third Division championship at the first attempt, confirming its position with a 1–0 victory over Peterhead in front of a then Third Division record crowd of 8,497 people.

After a strong start to the 2003–04 season, the team fell away after the turn of the year, and finished in 4th place, well outside the promotion places. This came after being 12 points ahead in the Championship race at the half-way stage. This led to unfounded allegations that some players had placed large bets on nearest rivals Airdrie United to win the league, which Airdrie eventually did.[13]

Jim McInally was announced as McCormack's successor,[14] and in his first season as manager the club failed to gain promotion to the First Division by a single point, finishing behind Stranraer in 3rd place.

Morton failed to gain promotion to the First Division during the 2005–06 season. Finishing 2nd was not enough, as the SFL playoffs meant that only the championship-winning team would be promoted automatically. Gretna won the division, so Morton entered play-offs along with Peterhead (3rd), Partick Thistle (4th), and Stranraer (9th in Division One.) Morton's first play-off match was against Peterhead, and the Greenock side was defeated 1–0 over two legs, the only goal a penalty in the second match at Balmoor.[15]

The following season, a week after a 9–1 defeat of Forfar Athletic at Cappielow Park,[16] Morton achieved promotion to the First Division,[17] and went on to become Second Division Champions.[18]

Jim McInally resigned on 11 February 2008[19] after a run of poor results allowed Morton to slip into 9th place in the First Division and was replaced by Davie Irons, with Derek Collins joining him as Assistant Manager.[20] Morton battled relegation for most of the season and survived on the final day with a 3–0 victory against Partick Thistle, to avoid the relegation playoff by a single goal. Irons was sacked in September 2009 and replaced October by James Grady until the end of the season.[21] Grady was removed from the club in May 2010,[22] and replaced by Allan Moore.[23] Allan Moore was sacked after a 5–1 defeat at home to Livingston on 23 November 2013. His replacement Kenny Shiels was given a contract until the end of season 2014–2015, but failed to reverse the slide towards relegation from the Scottish Championship, which became a reality on 12 April 2014 after a 2–0 away defeat by Alloa Athletic. Shiels resigned after a 10–2 defeat by Hamilton Accies.[24]

After the resignation of Shiels, Jim Duffy was appointed as manager. He won the Scottish League One to return the club the Championship at the first time of asking.[25] This league victory earned Morton's tenth league title, making it the fourth most crowned league champions in Scotland behind Rangers (57), Celtic (48) and Clyde (12).[citation needed]


The team's home strip is traditionally a blue and white hooped shirt with white shorts and white socks, though season 2006–07 saw the team playing a blue and white striped shirt with white shorts and blue socks. Short-lived yet distinctive designs have been used over the years, including sky blue and white stripes in the style of the Argentine national team and even a blue Morton tartan. The away strip tends to vary much more: for the 2003–04 season it was an all yellow outfit, changing in 2004–05 to all white, which in turn became the 3rd team strip in 2005–06, with the special re-issue of the blue Morton tartan strip. The sponsor's logo on the strip is that of Millions, a brand owned by the Club Chairman's confectionery concern, Golden Casket (Greenock) Ltd.[26]


Morton's stadium is Cappielow Park in Greenock, a ground the club has occupied since 1879. Cappielow's etymology is allegedly of Scandinavian origin, although details are sketchy. The current capacity is 11,589,[3] with 5,741 of these being seated. In December 2008, Morton purchased the Reid Kerr sponsored East stand from local rivals St Mirren for £50,000, to improve the away end at Cappielow.[27]

The area currently behind the western goal (upon which the new stand will be built) is known as the Wee Dublin End, which contains non-backed bench seating, converted from the old terracing that once stood there. The main stand contains plastic bucket seating to replace the old wooden benches that were a fixture of the ground until the late 1990s. The "Cowshed" lies to the north of the pitch; formerly a fully terraced arena for both home and away supporters (complete with segregation fence down the middle), it is now for home supporters only, with much of the frontal terracing removed, and plastic bucket seats occupying its place. The segregation fence no longer exists, and the whole area is used by home supporters. Behind the eastern goal is the "Sinclair Street" end, with uncovered terracing.

Supporters & RivalriesEdit

Greenock Morton has several supporters' clubs based in Greenock and the surrounding towns. The main clubs are The Andy Ritchie Travel Club, The Prince of Wales Travel Club, The Greenock Morton Supporters Club, The Gourock Morton Supporters (Formerly The Albert Hotel Morton Supporters Club) and The Spinnaker Hotel Supporters Club.[28][29]

The club has a fierce rivalry with fellow neighbours St Mirren F.C.,[30] a rivalry which sees a large amount of animosity between the two set of fans.[31]

League participationEdit

  • First Level: 1900–1927, 1929–1933, 1937–1938, 1946–1949, 1950–1952, 1964–1966, 1967–1975, 1978–1983, 1984–1985, 1987–1988
  • Second Level: 1893–1900, 1927–1929, 1933–1937, 1938–39, 1949–1950, 1952–1964, 1966–1967, 1975–1978, 1983–1984, 1985–1987, 1988–1994, 1995–2001, 2007–2014, 2015–present
  • Third Level: 1994–1995, 2001–2002, 2003–2007, 2014–2015
  • Fourth Level: 2002–2003


National honoursEdit

Minor honoursEdit

  • Renfrewshire Cup
    • Winners: 52 times
    • Runners-up: 42 times
  • Great War Shield[32]
    • Winners: 1914–15
    • Runners-up: 1917–18
  • Southern League Cup
  • SFL Reserve League South
    • Runners-up: 2012–13[33]
  • SPFL Development League West
    • Champions: 2015–16[34]
    • Runners-up: 2016–17
  • Club Academy Scotland U16/17 South/West League
    • Champions: 2014–15[35]
    • Runners-up: 2015–16

¹ Known as Division II at the time
² Known as Division I at the time
³ Known as SPFL League One at the time



First-team squadEdit

As of 13 March 2018[37]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Derek Gaston
2   DF Lee Kilday (captain)
3   MF Andy Murdoch
4   DF Thomas O'Ware
5   DF Ricki Lamie
6   DF Michael Doyle
7   FW Gary Oliver
8   MF Ross Forbes
9   FW Jai Quitongo
10   FW Robert Thomson
11   FW Bob McHugh
12   MF Michael Tidser
No. Position Player
14   MF Gary Harkins
15   MF Scott Tiffoney
16   DF Lewis Strapp
17   DF Mark Russell
18   FW John Baird (on loan from Inverness CT)
19   DF Luca Gasparotto
20   GK Conor Brennan
21   MF Ruaridh Langan
23   MF Gary Fraser (on loan from Partick Thistle)
25   MF Frank Ross (on loan from Aberdeen)
26   DF Jack Iredale
30   GK Jamie McGowan

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
22   FW Ben Armour (on loan at Annan Athletic)
35   FW Scott Miller (on loan at Troon)

Development squadEdit

As of 4 January 2018[38]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
27   GK Daniel Farrell
28   MF Jack Purdue
29   DF Nathan Durham
31   MF Blair Docherty
32   MF Reece Lyon
No. Position Player
33   DF Mitchell Duffy
34   FW Alexander Easdale
36   DF Darren Hynes
38   MF Ben Eardley
40   MF David Anderson

Current squad statisticsEdit

Player recordsEdit

All statistics are for league matches, post-World War II.[39]

As of 1 January 2018

Top goalscorers

# Name Career Apps Goals
1   Allan McGraw 1961–1966 136 117
2   Andy Ritchie 1976–1983 213 100
3   Rowan Alexander 1986–1995 310 98
4   Peter Weatherson 2003–2013 323 93
5   Tommy Orr 1946–1958 257 86
6   Eddie Beaton 1956–1960 110 83
  Derek Lilley 1991–1997
232 83
8   Joe Mason 1966–1973 186 76
9   Alec Linwood 1951–1955 101 72
10   John McNeil 1975–1991 328 67

Most appearances

# Name Career Apps
1   Derek Collins 1987–1999
2   David Wylie 1985–1999 482
3   Jim Holmes 1976–1988 437
4   Davie Hayes 1970–1984 353
5   John McNeil 1975–1991 328
6   Peter Weatherson 2003–2013 323
7   Rowan Alexander 1986–1995 310
8   George Anderson 1969–1981
9   Roy Baines 1972–1977
10   Tommy Orr 1946–1958 257

Top league goalscorers by season (post war)Edit

In progress

  • Scottish unless stated
Season Name Goals Division
1946–47 Ross Henderson 10 Premier Division
1947–48 Tommy Orr 14 Premier Division
1948–49 Neil Mochan 13 Premier Division
1949–50 Neil Mochan 24 First Division
1950–51 Neil Mochan 20 Premier Division
1951–52 Alec Linwood 19 Premier Division
1952–53 Bob Gibson
Alec Linwood
17 First Division
1953–54 Alec Linwood
John Hannigan
22 First Division
1954–55 Alec Linwood 14 First Division
1955–56 Bob Gibson 33 First Division
1956–57 Eddie Beaton 18 First Division
1957–58 Eddie Beaton 25 First Division
1958–59 Eddie Beaton 33 First Division
1959–60 Charlie Stewart 11 First Division
1960–61 Billy Craig 11 First Division
1961–62 Allan McGraw 16 First Division
1962–63 Allan McGraw 29 First Division
1963–64 Allan McGraw 51 First Division
1964–65 Allan McGraw 12 Premier Division
1965–66 Allan McGraw
David Watson
8 Premier Division
1966–67 Joe Harper 29 First Division
1967–68 Joe Mason 15 Premier Division
1968–69 Joe Harper 25 Premier Division
1969–70 Billy Osborne 11 Premier Division
1970–71 Joe Mason 9 Premier Division
1971–72 Donald Gillies 9 Premier Division
1972–73 Donald Gillies 14 Premier Division
1973–74 Hugh McIlmoyle 8 Premier Division
1974–75 John Hazel 6 Premier Division
1975–76 John Goldthorpe
Ian Harley
Richard Sharp
22 First Division
1976–77 Andy Ritchie 22 First Division
1977–78 John Goldthorpe
Andy Ritchie
20 First Division
1978–79 Andy Ritchie 22 Premier Division
1979–80 Andy Ritchie 19 Premier Division
1980–81 Andy Ritchie 8 Premier Division
1981–82 Andy Ritchie 6 Premier Division
1982–83 James Rooney 7 Premier Division
1983–84 John McNeil 17 First Division
1984–85 James Gillespie 5 Premier Division
1985–86 John McNeil 14 First Division
1986–87 Rowan Alexander 23 First Division
1987–88 Jimmy Boag 8 Premier Division
1988–89 Rowan Alexander 11 First Division
1989–90 Rowan Alexander 11 First Division
1990–91 Dave McCabe 21 First Division
1991–92 Alex Mathie 18 First Division
1992–93 Alex Mathie 13 First Division
1993–94 Rowan Alexander 11 First Division
1994–95 Derek Lilley 16 Second Division
1995–96 Derek Lilley 14 First Division
1996–97 Derek Lilley 15 First Division
1997–98   Warren Hawke 10 First Division
1998–99 Kevin Thomas 9 First Division
1999–00 Harry Curran 9 First Division
2000–01 Ross Matheson 9 First Division
2001–02 Scott Bannerman 8 Second Division
2002–03 Alex Williams 23 Third Division
2003–04   Peter Weatherson
Alex Williams
15 Second Division
2004–05 Chris Millar
  Peter Weatherson
10 Second Division
2005–06 Derek Lilley 12 Second Division
2006–07   Peter Weatherson 15 Second Division
2007–08   Peter Weatherson 9 First Division
2008–09   Peter Weatherson
  Brian Wake
9 First Division
2009–10   Peter Weatherson 10 First Division
2010–11 Allan Jenkins 8 First Division
2011–12 Peter MacDonald 10 First Division
2012–13 Peter MacDonald 14 First Division
2013–14 Dougie Imrie 9 Championship
2014–15 Declan McManus (on loan from Aberdeen) 20 League One
2015–16 Denny Johnstone (on loan from Birmingham City) 14 Championship
2016–17 Ross Forbes 9 Championship
2017–18 Gary Harkins 7 Championship

National Individual HonoursEdit

Recent internationalsEdit

The last signed player to earn a full international cap whilst playing for Morton – Fouad Bachirou for Comoros in 2014.[40]

The last signed Morton player to receive international honours for Scotland was Jai Quitongo in 2016, for the under-21 side.[41]

Notable playersEdit

To be included in this list players must have met one of the following criteria...

  • Played over 100 league games for Morton
  • Scored in a national Cup final
  • Managed the club after playing for them
  • Been from a nation outwith the British Isles
  • Won full international honours

Scottish Football Hall of FameEdit

Ex-Morton players who have been inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame are listed below.

For all Greenock Morton players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:Greenock Morton F.C. players.


Club staffEdit


Name Role
  Douglas Rae Chairman
  Warren Hawke Chief Executive
  Derek Anderson Director
  Brian Clements Director
  Alex Gray Director
  Crawford Rae Director
  Nick Robinson Director

Coaching staffEdit

Name Role
  Jim Duffy Manager
  Craig McPherson Assistant Manager
  David Wylie Goalkeeping Coach
  Derek Anderson Head of Youth Development
  Jamie Duncanson
  Pat McIlvogue
  Kenny Meechan
Under 17 Coaches


This list does not contain caretaker managers such as David Hopkin or Joe McLaughlin.

Scottish Cup RecordEdit

Morton first entered the Scottish Cup in season 1877–1878, and won it once in 1922. Over the course of Morton's time in the competition it has changed format seven times, to its current format of 8 rounds and 2 preliminary rounds.

  • Between 2012–13 and 2014–15 there were 8 rounds plus a preliminary round.
  • Between 2007–08 and 2011–12 there were 8 rounds.
  • Between 1970–71 and 2006–07 there were 7 rounds.
  • Between 1957–58 and 1969–70 there were 5 rounds plus a preliminary round.
  • Between 1954–55 and 1956–57 there were 9 rounds.
  • Between 1912–13 and 1953–54 there were 6 rounds.
  • Between 1895–96 and 1911–12 there were 5 rounds.

So far Morton have finished the competition in the following rounds, this many times.

  • Finals – 2 (last 1948)
  • Semi-finals – 5 (last 1981)
  • Quarter-finals – 14 (last 2016)

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1968–69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round   Chelsea 3–4 0–5 3–9


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