George Morrison
George Morrison
A. Player

born in Scotland

George Cochrane Morrison was born on Thursday, 3rd May, 1877, in Dundee.

The forward signed for Thistle on Thursday, 9th December, 1897.

Aged 20, he made his first known appearance on Saturday, 5th March, 1898, in a 4-2 friendly win away to Morton.

There were no goals for George during his spell with Thistle.

He played his last known game for the club on Saturday, 20th August, 1898, in a 6-2 defeat away to Rangers in the SFL First Division, having appeared for the Thistle on at least 7 occasions.

His known club-list included only Partick Thistle.

George died on Saturday, 29th July, 1950, in Prestwick, South Ayrshire, aged 73.

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. 3-year-old George shared the house with his 3 brothers; James (1), Herbert (6) and Albert (8) as well as his Auntie, Hellen Lawson (28). There were two Jags in that household, for Herbert (a.k.a. 'Abe') would join the club in 1895!

As far as we can tell, George, an inside left, doesn't seem to have had much of a footballing career, and certainly not in senior terms. Several weeks after joining the club as an amateur, he got his first start in early March 1898, and put in a splendid performance in a 4-2 friendly win away to Morton. The committee let it be known that they had great hopes for him, and he retained his place into May, a run which included Thistle's first-ever 'play-off' match, a 2-0 defeat at home to Dundee. The club were competing in the top-flight for the very first time, but this defeat was fairly academic as it turned out. Although it consigned Thistle to the re-election vote, they retained their First Division place for season 1898-99.

At this stage, things were looking rosy for George, so much so that he was given a place on the committee for season 1898-99! Alas, the stresses and strains of competing in the top-flight took a terrible toll on player/committee relationships that season, and George was one who fell on the wrong side of the disharmony. He only appeared once - in the opening League game of the season - as Thistle crashed at Rangers by 6 goals to 2. This was one of ELEVEN straight defeats which opened that season, and this led to all sorts of disputes, claims and counter-claims in relation to wages, bonuses and such-like. So bad was the situation, that the SFA had to intervene in George's case, and found to his favour, the result being that his contract was immediately revoked!

(WS/JK/NK)



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