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Billy Morgan (footballer born 1875)

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Full nameWilliam Morgan
Date of birth1878
Place of birthBarrow in Furness, England
Date of deathUnknown
Playing positionHalf back

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William "Billy" Henry Morgan (1878 after 1915) was an English footballer who played as a half back.

Born in Barrow in Furness, Lancashire, he began his football career with Horwich F.C. In January 1897 he was sold to Newton Heath LYR Newton Heath, making his debut appearance against Darwen on 2 March 1897. He was one of the team during the first season following the change of name to Manchestesr United. During his time with the club, he made 152 appearances (all in Division 2) and scored 7 goals (6 in Division 2 games, one in an FA Cup match).

He transferred to join Bolton Wanderers in March 1903 and went on to play for Watford, Leicester Fosse, New Brompton and Newton Heath Athletic.

By the time he joined up for the First World War (being assigned to the 20th Service Battalion, Manchester Regiment), Billy was working as a cleaner . But the fact that he still enjoyed his football is clear from the notes in his army pension records when he was discharged in February 1915 as being unlikely "to become an efficient soldier": the reason given for this was that he had "an old football injury .... Injured once again last Saturday the 28th (February) playing football."

Billy Morgan was married (in 1900) to Mary Alice Barnett and the couple had three children, all born in Newton Heath, Manchester.

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