Abe Morrison
Abe Morrison
Abe Morrison
● Abe Morrison, c1896 (HA)

born in Scotland

Herbert Morrison was born on Monday, 22nd February, 1875, in Dundee.

The defender signed for Thistle on Tuesday, 1st September, 1896 (after a previous trial period), having previously played with Gilmorehill.

Aged 20, he made his first known appearance on Saturday, 27th April, 1895, in a 6-0 friendly win at home to Neilston.

Abe scored his only known goal for Thistle on Saturday, 5th October, 1895, in a 3-1 win away to Linthouse in the SFL Second Division.

He played his last known game for the club on Saturday, 14th October, 1899, in a 4-1 defeat away to Port Glasgow Athletic in the SFL Second Division, having appeared for the Thistle on at least 61 occasions.

His club-list included Gilmorehill, Partick Thistle, Linthouse, Cameronians, Third Lanark and Albion Rovers.

Abe died on Sunday, 6th October, 1946, in Partick, Glasgow, aged 71.

Bio Extra

Son of Robert Morrison (photographer's assistant) and Isobella Morrison (née Lawson). Surely Robert snapped a decent photo of his boy one time? We live in hope!

By the time of the 1881 census, the Morrison's had moved down to Partick, presumably on account of work, and were living at 40 Hyndland Street. At that time Dad was 33 and Mum 35. 6-year-old Herbert shared the house with his 3 brothers; James (1), George (3) and Albert (8) as well as his Auntie, Hellen Lawson (28).

He was predominantly a left-back, but could also play as left-sided forward. He was regarded as a really solid player on his day, but his attitude was brought into question at times, with reports of missing training sessions. Left Thistle for Linthouse in October 1897, only to return again several months later. Signed for Third Lanark in late 1898 and returned once more to Thistle for a third time in October 1899, albeit on a one-off emergency loan. Joined Albion Rovers in 1902-03 and was a near ever present for them the following season. Appearances fell away the following term, but he remained on the Rovers 'Open to Transfer' list until 1908.

He died at 2120 Great Western Road. Abe, the dearly loved husband of Jeanie Bruce, was cremated three days later, at the Western Necropolis on Wednesday, 9th October, 1946.

(WS/JK)



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