If You Know The History: 9th November

9th November 1909


John Morrison: 3rd from right, middle row

On this day in 1909, John Morrison was born in Kilsyth. 20 years later, by then better known as Jock, he signed for Celtic as a left-back, making his debut against Aberdeen in December 1930.
Six months later, he went on the club’s tour to North America but he had to wait until 1935 before he stamped his authority on the left-back position, with great success, being a member of the sides which won the League title in 1935, the Charity Cup against Rangers in May 1936, the 1937 Scottish Cup win versus Aberdeen in 1937, another Charity Cup victory over Rangers in May 1938 and the Empire Exhibition Trophy win in June 1938, when Everton were beaten 1-0 at Ibrox.

When war began, he went into the pits to help the war effort. Unfortunately, the toil left him too tired for football and he retired in 1940, after 200 appearances in the Hoops.

Jim Craig


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