Andy Morrison: 10 things you didn’t know
I was at Oldham’s Boundary Park ground when Andy Morrison scored what he describes as his best ever goal.
He headed the ball to Shaun Goater who was on the edge of the box. Shaun header the ball back to Morrison, 35 yards out, who unleashed a volley into the top corner of the Oldham net. Half the stadium erupted as City fans had snuck into the home sections.
Andy Morrison was the larger than life character City needed in the 3rd tier of English football.
In his perfectly titled book “The Good, the Mad and the Ugly: The Andy Morrison Story
“, Andy tells the story of his life in typical blunt fashion. Not for the faint hearted or those easily offended by industrial language, the book sheds a light on Andy’s dark past.
From the book here’s 10 things you didn’t know about Andy Morrison
1) Andy Morrison is Scottish
Despite sounding like a Plymouth local, Andy was born and raised til the age of 8 in the fishing port of Kinlochbervie, Scotland. The most northerly port on the west coast of Britain, Kinlochbervie is deep in the Highlands of Scotland.
At the age of 8, Andy and his family moved to his mother’s home city of Plymouth as his parents tried to save their marriage. The marriage failed but his father stayed in the Plymouth area.
His Dad had previously spent time in Plymouth when he was a Royal Marine, this is where he met Andy’s mother. Andy’s Dad was a good footballer and spent time playing for Exeter City’s reserve team.
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2) Andy Morrison had the voice of an Angel!
At school Andy’s music teacher put him forward to be part of the Devon choir due to his perfect singing voice. However the audition clashed with a match Andy was to play in and football won!
3) The reason for his dark side
Throughout the book Andy highlights the dark moments in his life. He could have gone to prison a number of times.
Andy had never told anyone about this before writing the book, but at the age of 12 after leaving a Plymouth Argyle night match he took a shortcut through a local park.
His mum had told him never to go in it at night. But being headstrong and young (and cold after being at the match) he wanted to get home quickly.
As he went past some public toilets a man asked if Andy could help him. As Andy went towards the man, another man grabbed him and the two men took Andy into the toilets. He was beaten and abused and left in the toilets.
Andy made his way home, had a wash and never told anyone until he wrote the book.
He continued with life (and football) hiding what had happened, often using anger and alcohol to mask his torment.
4) Andy once had to hide in a bin
The book covers Andy’s numerous fights that he got in. After suffering one severe beating Andy managed to escape and being chased climbed into an industrial bin to hide.
He lay there as a number of men went past dragging baseball bats on the floor as they looked for him. Andy had already been badly beaten and had a broken jaw, fractured cheekbone and four broken ribs!
5) Trial with Southampton
Before joining Plymouth, Andy had a two week trial at Southampton along with 39 other hopefuls. Those 39 included Alan Shearer, Tim Flowers and Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier.
6) On trial at Blackpool
Whilst playing under Sam Allydyce at Blackpool, Andy was arrested for beating 3 people up in a pub. He was found not guilty at trial but could have gone to prison for 4 years.
7) Imprisoned at Maine Road
Andy was part of the Huddersfield team which beat City at Maine Road. After the match a police man came into the away dressing room and told the team that they must stay in the dressing room as 3,000 City fans protested outside the main entrance.
Welcome to City in the 90’s Andy!
8) Brian “Who”
Whilst at Huddersfield, Andy had a serious injury and the injured players would sneek into the laundry room when the 1st team was training. The laundry women would make them bacon and egg butties.
One day the manager (ex-City boss Brian Horton) came back unexpectedly and caught Andy and the other players eating. Furious he told them all to be weighed the next day.
Andy was 13 pounds over weight and was fined until the weight was gone – he lost 8 pounds in the 1st week after being fined £260!
9) Signing for City
Andy was upset by some of the actions of his then Huddersfield town manager Peter Jackson. He went to have a meeting with the manager and having heard City were interested decided to be more forward than he would have been.
The meeting went well, for City that is! Andy reacted to something the manager said by throwing the manager and his desk against the wall.
Andy signed for City on loan shortly after! He signed on the same day as young Everton forward Michael Branch (didn’t do much at CIty).
10) Typical City
Despite City rising up the leagues Andy’s knees kept him out of the side for large periods. Kevin Keegan decided not to offer Andy a new contract and a he was paid off early.
Keegan granted Andy a send off where he could bring his family out onto the Maine Road pitch before a game against Crystal Palace, where 30,000 City fans applauded and chanted his name.
City had arranged for a camera crew to film it and Andy was given a DVD.
On watching the DVD it became apparent that the instruction to film Morrison had been misinterpreted and Andy now has a nice DVD of Crytsal Palace forward Clinton Morrison doing keep ups in his prematch warm up. Typical City!
Andy’s book The Good, the Mad and the Ugly: The Andy Morrison Story is available from Amazon
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