Showing posts with label Evelyn Morrison. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Evelyn Morrison. Show all posts

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Best Falkirk FC XI - pre WWII


I have selected this 'best' Falkirk FC XI because of all the nonsense about modern players. Don't get me wrong, not slagging the current folk, I just prefer to research Falkirk FC pre-WWII.

Obviously I never saw any of these players play, so I am going somewhat on [lies, damned lies &] statistics, but it is much more than that. Match reports & commentary tell you more than just numbers. So partly this will be my perceived knowledge of the warmth felt for players.

This was difficult, I may have got some bits wrong, but since the picture of Falkirk is still incomplete, I too make errors.

Chosen in the 2-3-5 formation which was ever present until the early sixties, I give you.

Goalkeeper – Thomas Ferguson – From Dennyloanhead – still the club's most played player, there is a reason for this

Right-Back – Thomas Scott – From Denny – Second most games for the club; he was solid.

Left-Back – William Leishman – From Camelon – He played 197 games yet never scored, stuck to his job.

Right-Half – Jock Drummond – From Alva – Capped when we were still non-league, sadly spent most of his career with the orange Glaswegian bigots.

Left-Half – William Dougal – From Bonnybridge – Solid, did everything you need from a Left-Half until the money lured him South.

Centre-Half - Thomas Townsley – From California – This was my first problem [John Anderson or Thomas Townsley] but Tom Townsley was more attacking [he played more Central Midfield when Anderson was more a defender].

Inside-Right – Alex Stark – From Falkirk – I chose Alex because he made the club: from 1885 to 1895 he was there, he scored our goals, he is forgotten because professionals were more important.

Inside-Left – Robert Keyes – From Bellshill – 188 goals for the club, nothing extra is needed.

Outside-Right – John Simpson – Born in Pendleton, Lancs, but brought up in Laurieston from the age of two - From 1908 till 1912 he was the best Outside-Right in the World, for half of that he played for God's only club.

Outside-Left – Kenny Dawson – From Forres – He is GOD

Centre-Forward – Evelyn Morrison – From Wishaw – Holds the record for scoring in the most matches consecutively in the Scottish League [14], still holds the FFC record for most goals in a season [47].


Sunday, 10 February 2013

Evelyn Morrison - Falkirk's Greatest Ever Centre-Forward?

Evelyn Morrison

Obviously, having never seen him play I can not say whether Evelyn was Falkirk FC's greatest centre-forward. Others scored more goals, but he played for less than two years, anyway statistics can be very misleading.

What is certain is that he had a phenomenal scoring record. He still holds the Falkirk record for most League goals in a Season [43], he still holds record for scoring in the most consecutive League matches in Scotland [16], he scored nine Hat-tricks [4 goals three times] for Falkirk, and though these facts do not necessarily make him the best he is definitely up there.

however like all Scots who score regularly he quickly came to the notice of the English Scouts and was soon on his way to Sunderland. For whatever reason he never quite made it at Roker Park and after a season and a half was back in Scotland, this time with Partick Thistle. After a season with the Jags he effectively disapeared from senior football, though Partick Thistle held his League registration for the next five seasons ...

Sorry about the quality of the picture.


Known Career
Hamilton Academy, Moorpark Amateurs, Stenhousemuir [1927/28], Falkirk [1927/28-1929/30], Sunderland [1929/30-1930/31], Partick Thistle [1931/32]


Falkirk FC Career Figures P    G
Scottish League           58   75
Scottish Cup              7    5
Other Cups                6    8
Friendlies                1    -
Total                     72   88

Falkirk Career Match by Match

Date Opp V F A Comp Gls
Jan 7th 1928 Celtic H 1 3 Scottish League Division 1 1
Jan 14th 1928 St Mirren A 2 3 Scottish League Division 1 2
Jan 21st 1928 St Bernards H 3 1 Scottish Cup 1st Rd 1
Jan 28th 1928 Partick Thistle H 2 1 Scottish League Division 1 1
Feb 4th 1928 Ayr United A 4 2 Scottish Cup 2nd Rd 2
Feb 8th 1928 Heart of Midlothian A 3 9 Scottish League Division 1 2
Feb 11th 1928 Aberdeen H 5 1 Scottish League Division 1 2
Feb 18th 1928 Hibernian A 0 0 Scottish Cup 3rd Rd -
Feb 22nd 1928 Hibernian H 0 1 Scottish Cup 3rd Rd Rep -
Feb 25th 1928 Dundee H 5 1 Scottish League Division 1 4
Mar 10th 1928 Kilmarnock A 1 1 Scottish League Division 1 -
Mar 17th 1928 Raith Rovers H 4 1 Scottish League Division 1 4
Mar 28th 1928 Rangers A 0 4 Scottish League Division 1 -
Mar 31st 1928 Hibernian H 2 2 Scottish League Division 1 2
Apr 7th 1928 Dunfermline Athletic A 0 1 Scottish League Division 1 -
Apr 16th 1928 Heart of Midlothian A 1 2 Dunedin Cup Semi-Final -
Apr 21st 1928 Hamilton Academical H 1 2 Scottish League Division 1 1
Apr 24th 1928 Burnley A 0 2 Benefit -
May 5th 1928 Bo'ness N 3 0 Falkirk Infirmary Shield Semi-Final 3
May 12th 1928 Stenhousemuir N 2 2 Falkirk Infirmary Shield Final 2
Aug 11th Clyde A 1 2 Scottish League Division 1 1
Aug 25th Partick Thistle H 0 0 Scottish League Division 1 -
Aug 28th King's Park H 2 4 Stirlingshire Cup 2nd Rd -
Sep 1st Hamilton Academical H 4 2 Scottish League Division 1 3
Sep 8th Hibernian A 2 3 Scottish League Division 1 1
Sep 15th Ayr United H 5 2 Scottish League Division 1 2
Sep 22nd Dundee H 1 3 Scottish League Division 1 1
Sep 29th Third Lanark A 2 5 Scottish League Division 1 2
Oct 6th Heart of Midlothian A 2 6 Scottish League Division 1 1
Oct 13th St Mirren H 2 2 Scottish League Division 1 -
Oct 20th Airdrieonians A 3 2 Scottish League Division 1 1
Oct 27th Motherwell H 0 7 Scottish League Division 1 -
Nov 3rd Cowdenbeath A 1 3 Scottish League Division 1 1
Nov 10th Rangers H 1 4 Scottish League Division 1 1
Nov 17th Queen's Park A 3 1 Scottish League Division 1 3
Nov 24th Raith Rovers H 4 1 Scottish League Division 1 4
Dec 1st Kilmarnock H 2 2 Scottish League Division 1 1
Dec 8th Celtic H 3 0 Scottish League Division 1 1
Dec 15th Aberdeen A 3 5 Scottish League Division 1 1
Dec 22nd St Johnstone H 2 0 Scottish League Division 1 2
Dec 29th Clyde H 2 1 Scottish League Division 1 2
Jan 1st Airdrieonians H 2 1 Scottish League Division 1 2
Jan 2nd Motherwell A 1 2 Scottish League Division 1 1
Jan 12th Hamilton Academical A 2 2 Scottish League Division 1 2
Jan 19th St Bernards A 2 1 Scottish Cup 1st Rd 1
Jan 26th Aberdeen H 2 0 Scottish League Division 1 2
Feb 2nd Queen of the South A 2 1 Scottish Cup 2nd Rd -
Feb 9th Dundee A 2 1 Scottish League Division 1 2
Feb 16th Aberdeen H 3 5 Scottish Cup 3rd Rd 1
Feb 20th Third Lanark H 3 1 Scottish League Division 1 1
Feb 23rd Heart of Midlothian H 3 3 Scottish League Division 1 3
Mar 2nd Partick Thistle A 2 5 Scottish League Division 1 -
Mar 9th Cowdenbeath H 2 2 Scottish League Division 1 1
Mar 12th St Mirren A 0 5 Scottish League Division 1 -
Mar 30th Raith Rovers A 0 2 Scottish League Division 1 -
Apr 20th Celtic A 0 3 Scottish League Division 1 -
Apr 27th Hibernian H 2 1 Scottish League Division 1 1
Apr 29th Stenhousemuir H 5 0 Falkirk Infirmary Shield Semi-Final 3
May 4th East Stirlingshire H 1 2 Falkirk Infirmary Shield Final -
Aug 10th Aberdeen H 3 2 Scottish League Division 1 3
Aug 17th Dundee A 0 0 Scottish League Division 1 -
Aug 24th Queen's Park H 1 2 Scottish League Division 1 -
Aug 31st Rangers A 0 4 Scottish League Division 1 -
Sep 7th Morton H 3 0 Scottish League Division 1 2
Sep 14th Hamilton Academical A 2 0 Scottish League Division 1 1
Oct 5th Celtic A 0 7 Scottish League Division 1 -
Oct 12th Heart of Midlothian H 2 3 Scottish League Division 1 2
Oct 19th Motherwell A 3 4 Scottish League Division 1 1
Oct 26th Airdrieonians H 3 2 Scottish League Division 1 2
Nov 2nd Partick Thistle A 0 5 Scottish League Division 1 -
Nov 9th St Mirren A 3 2 Scottish League Division 1 2
Nov 16th Hibernian H 1 1 Scottish League Division 1 -


Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Evelyn Morrison - Consecutive Scoring

I don't know if it is a Scottish record or not, I'm pretty sure it's a Falkirk FC record, and quite possibly a Scottish top division record, but Evelyn Morrison scored in sixteen consecutive League matches played by Falkirk FC.

DateOppVenResGls
03/11/1928Cowdenbeath
A
1-3
1
10/11/1928Rangers
H
1-4
1
17/11/1928Queen's Park
A
3-1
3
24/11/1928Raith Rovers
H
4-1
4
01/12/1928Kilmarnock
H
2-2
1
08/12/1928Celtic
H
3-0
1
15/12/1928Aberdeen
A
3-5
1
22/12/1928St Johnstone
H
2-0
2
29/12/1928Clyde
H
2-1
2
01/01/1929Airdrieonians
H
2-1
2
02/01/1929Motherwell
A
1-2
1
12/01/1929Hamilton Academical
A
2-2
2
26/01/1929Aberdeen
H
2-0
2
09/02/1929Dundee
A
2-1
1
20/02/1929Third Lanark
H
3-1
1
23/02/1929Hearts
H
3-3
3


Not a bad record all told, 28 goals in 16 matches,
Needless to say Morrison played all matches as a Centre-Forward.