Greenock Morton F.C.

Greenock Morton F.C.
Greenock Morton F.C.
Greenock Morton FC logo.svg
Full name Greenock Morton Football Club
Nickname(s) The Ton
[1], The Pride of the Clyde
Founded 1874
Ground Cappielow Park
Sinclair Street
(Capacity: 11,612 (5,741 seated))
Chairman Douglas Rae (since 2001)
Manager Allan Moore (since 2010)
League Scottish First Division
2010–11 Scottish First Division, 7th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Greenock Morton Football Club are a Scottish professional football club, who currently play in the Scottish Football League First Division.[2] The club was founded as Morton Football Club in 1874, making it one of the oldest senior Scottish clubs. Morton were renamed as Greenock Morton in 1994 to celebrate the links with its home town of Greenock.

The club has a traditional local rivalry with St. Mirren.[3]

Morton won the Scottish Cup in 1922, and achieved their highest league finish in 1916–17, finishing as runners-up to champions Celtic.



19th century

Morton Football Club was established in 1874.[4] In the early 1870s the popularity of football was growing, with many clubs being established around Scotland. At the club's inaugural meeting, the first recorded words were "that this club be called Morton Football Club".[4] The true reason for the name 'Morton' remains unclear, though the general consensus is that the club was named after the 'Morton Terrace', a row of houses next to the original playing field, where some of the players lived.[4] The name would be altered in 1994 to read 'Greenock Morton Football Club', to celebrate the club's links with its hometown.

Morton were one of the founding members of the old Second Division, formed in 1893. They finished 8th in their first season. Morton first gained promotion to the old First Division in 1899–1900, and finished 4th in their first season there.

20th century

Morton's greatest success came when they defeated Rangers 1–0 in the 1922 Scottish Cup Final. Jimmy Gourlay scored the winning goal, direct from a free kick in the 11th minute. Straight after the match Morton boarded a train for Hartlepool to play the local side in a pre-arranged friendly match. The celebrations were delayed until the Wednesday when 10,000 locals turned out at Cappielow Park to celebrate.

Morton have made two other major cup final appearances. On Saturday 17 April 1948, Morton drew 1–1 with Rangers in the Scottish Cup Final.[5] Morton's goal was a free kick scored by Jimmy White. The match was replayed on Wednesday 21 April. This time Rangers won 1–0 after extra time. The goal was said to be highly controversial because it was claimed that Morton goalkeeper Jimmy Cowan was blinded by the flash of a camera.[6] These matches were significant because of the huge crowds they attracted. The first match was played in front of 132,629; the replay in front of 133,750, which was, at the time a British record attendance for a midweek match.[7]

Morton's third and final major cup final to date was in the League Cup and this was played on Saturday 26 October 1963 when Rangers (who Morton have faced in all three final appearances) won by 5 goals to nil[8](HT: 0–0) in front of 106,000 supporters.

During the Second World War 'guest' players were common at clubs throughout Great Britain. Morton were particularly fortunate in this respect in that two of English football's greatest ever players turned out at Cappielow. Sir Stanley Matthews[9] and Tommy Lawton[10] made several guest appearances for Morton. When Morton reached the 1948 Scottish Cup Final both players sent telegrams wishing good luck to their former club. Matthews simply said 'I am delighted to see Morton reach the final of the Scottish Cup'.[citation needed] Lawton's was more expressive, he said 'Memories of happy days during the war at Cappielow compel me to wish the Morton manager & the boys all the best of luck in their cup final at Hampden'.[citation needed]

To date Morton have played in a European Club Competition once. After finishing 6th in Scotland's top division in 1967–68 Morton qualified for the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. They were drawn to play Chelsea but were eliminated at the first hurdle after a 5–0 defeat at Stamford Bridge and a 4–3 defeat at Cappielow.[11]

In 1992–93 Morton lost 3–2 to Hamilton Academical in the Scottish Challenge Cup Final[12] in front of 7,391 fans. The final was played at Love Street, the home of Morton's arch rivals St. Mirren.

21st century

After experiencing financial problems the team was relegated from the First Division at the end of the 2000–01 season after a 6-year stay and was put into administration. The club's financial problems continued and a second successive relegation followed the next season. In season 2002–03, Morton's first ever season in the Third Division, the club's financial situation was resolved by the takeover by chairman Douglas Rae. Rae appointed John McCormack as manager,[13] and the team won the Third Division championship at the first attempt, confirming their position with a 1–0 victory over Peterhead in front of a Third Division record crowd of 8,497 people.

After a strong start to the 2003–04 season the team fell away after the turn of the year, and finished in 4th place, well outside the promotion places. This came after being 12 points ahead in the Championship race at the half way stage. This led to unfounded allegations that some players had placed large bets on nearest rivals Airdrie United to win the league, which they eventually did.[citation needed]

Jim McInally was announced as McCormack's successor,[14] and in his first season as manager the club failed to gain promotion to the First Division by a single point, finishing behind Stranraer in 3rd place.

Morton failed to gain promotion to the First Division during the 2005–06 season. Finishing 2nd was not enough, as the SFL playoffs meant that only the championship-winning team would be promoted automatically. Gretna won the division, so Morton entered play-offs alongside Peterhead (3rd), Partick Thistle (4th), and Stranraer (9th in Division One.) Morton's first play-off match was against Peterhead, and the Greenock side were defeated 1–0 over two legs, the only goal a penalty in the second match at Balmoor.[15]

The following season, a week after a 9–1 defeat of Forfar Athletic at Cappielow Park,[16] Morton achieved promotion to the First Division ,[17] and went on to become Second Division Champions.[18]

Jim McInally resigned on 11 February 2008[19] after a run of poor results allowed Morton to slip into 9th place in the First Division and was replaced by Davie Irons, with Derek Collins joining him as Assistant Manager.[20] Morton battled relegation for most of the season and survived on the final day with a 3–0 victory against Partick Thistle, to avoid the relegation playoff by a single goal. Irons was sacked in September 2009 and replaced October by James Grady, until the end of the season.[21] Grady was removed from the club in May 2010,[22] and replaced by Allan Moore.[23]


The team's home strip is traditionally a blue and white hooped shirt with white shorts and white socks, though season 2006–2007 saw the team playing a blue and white striped shirt with white shorts and blue socks. Short-lived yet distinctive designs have been used over the years, including sky blue and white stripes in the style of the Argentine national team and even a blue Morton tartan. The away strip tends to vary much more; for the 2003–2004 season it was an all yellow outfit, changing in 2004–2005 to all white, which in turn became the 3rd team strip in 2005–2006, with the special re-issue of the blue Morton tartan strip. The sponsor's logo on the strip is that of Millions, a brand owned by the Club Chairman's confectionery concern, Golden Casket (Greenock) Ltd.[24]


Cappielow Park

Their stadium is Cappielow Park in Greenock, a ground they have occupied since 1879. Cappielow's etymology is allegedly of Scandinavian origin, although details of this are sketchy. The current capacity is around 11,000, with 5,741 of these being seated. In December 2008, Morton purchased the Reid Kerr sponsored East stand from local rivals St. Mirren for £50,000, to improve the away end at Cappielow.[25] This would also bring the stadium closer to the 6000 covered seating required to host SPL football.

The area currently behind the western goal (upon which the new stand will be built) is known as the Wee Dublin End, which contains non-backed bench seating, converted from the old terracing that once stood there. The main stand contains plastic bucket seating to replace the old wooden benches that were a fixture of the ground until the late 1990s. The "Cowshed" lies to the north of the pitch; formerly a fully terraced arena for both home and away supporters (complete with segregation fence down the middle), it is now for home supporters only, with much of the frontal terracing removed, and plastic bucket seats occupying its place. Behind the eastern goal is the "Sinclair Street" end, with uncovered terracing.


Greenock Morton have several supporters' clubs, based in Greenock and the surrounding towns. The main clubs are The Andy Ritchie Travel Club, The Prince of Wales Travel Club, The Greenock Morton Supporters Club, The Gourock Morton Supporters Club, The Norseman Travel Club and The Spinnaker Hotel Supporters Club;[26][27]


The club has a local rivalry with St. Mirren, from nearby Paisley, in what is known as the Renfrewshire derby. The two clubs originally had derby rivals in their own locality, with Abercorn playing in Paisley,[28] while Morton's main rivals were Port Glasgow Athletic, who ceased running a senior team in the Scottish League in 1912. Port Glasgow Athletic even shared Morton's Cappielow ground from 1917 until 1921 when the needs of the war saw their ground compulsorily purchased for housing for the local shipyards.

Morton also have a traditional, although smaller, rivalry with Kilmarnock although this has diminished in recent years due to Killie's long stay in the SPL and Morton's stay in the lower divisions.

League Participations of Greenock Morton

  • First Level: 1900–1927, 1929–1933, 1937–1938, 1946–1949, 1950–1952, 1964–1966, 1967–1975, 1978–1983, 1984–1985, 1987–1988
  • Second Level: 1893–1900, 1927–1929, 1933–1937, 1938–39, 1949–1950, 1952–1964, 1966–1967, 1975–1978, 1983–1984, 1985–1987, 1988–1994, 1995–2001, 2007–
  • Third Level: 1994–1995, 2001–2002, 2003–2007
  • Fourth Level: 2002–2003


  • Scottish Cup
    • Winners: 1921–1922, 2011-2012
    • Runners-up: 1947–1948
  • Scottish Premier Division
    • Runners-up: 1916–1917²
  • Scottish First Division
    • Champions: 1949–1950¹, 1963–1964¹, 1966–1967¹, 1977–1978, 1983–1984, 1986–1987
    • Runners-up: 1899–1900¹, 1928–1929¹, 1936–1937¹
  • Great War Shield
    • Champions: 1914

¹ Known as Division II at the time
² Known as Division I at the time



First team squad

As of 4 November 2011

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
United States GK Dominic Cervi (on loan from Celtic)
Scotland GK Matthew McGinley
Scotland GK Colin Stewart
Scotland DF Grant Evans
Scotland DF Ross Forsyth (Part-time)
Scotland DF Andy Graham
Scotland DF Stuart McCaffrey (Captain)
Scotland DF Kevin McCann
Northern Ireland DF Marc Smyth (Vice-captain)
France MF Fouad Bachirou
No. Position Player
Scotland MF Darren McGeough
Scotland MF David O'Brien
Scotland MF Michael Tidser
Scotland MF Derek Young
Scotland FW Archie Campbell
Scotland FW Paul di Giacomo
Scotland FW Sean Fitzharris
Republic of Ireland FW Andy Jackson
Scotland FW Peter MacDonald
England FW Peter Weatherson

Under 19 squad

Players who have appeared for first team in any competition / friendly match.

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Scotland GK Alistair Deans
Scotland DF Creag Little
Scotland MF Aidan Fulton
Scotland MF Declan McDaid
Scotland MF Conor Ramsay

*Note A: Squad numbers are not used by the Scottish Football League

Appearances (current squad)

Players with over 50 league appearances. Including those with multiple spells at the club.

Most league appearances

Name Début for club Games Goals
England Peter Weatherson 2003 273 86
Scotland Colin Stewart 2008 69 0
Scotland Michael Tidser 2010 52 2

Player records

All statistics are for league games, post-World War II.[29]

As of 5 November 2011

Top goalscorers

# Name Career Apps Goals
1 Scotland Allan McGraw 1961–66 136 117
2 Scotland Andy Ritchie 1976–83 213 100
3 Scotland Rowan Alexander 1986–95 310 98
4 Scotland Tommy Orr 1946–58 257 86
England Peter Weatherson 2003–present 273 86
6 Scotland Eddie Beaton 1956–60 110 83
Scotland Derek Lilley 1991–97
232 83
8 Scotland Joe Mason 1966–73 186 76
9 Scotland Alex Linwood 1951–55 101 72
10 Scotland John McNeil 1975–91 328 67

Most appearances

# Name Career Apps
1 Scotland Derek Collins 1987–99
2 Scotland David Wylie 1985–99 482
3 Scotland Jim Holmes 1976–88 437
4 Scotland Davie Hayes 1970–84 353
5 Scotland John McNeil 1975–91 328
6 Scotland Rowan Alexander 1986–95 310
7 Scotland George Anderson 1969–81
8 England Peter Weatherson 2003–present 273
9 Scotland Roy Baines 1972–77
10 Scotland Tommy Orr 1946–58 257

Top league goalscorers by season

Completed seasons only.

Season Name Goals Division
1966-67 Joe Harper 29 First Division
1967-68 Joe Mason 15 Premier League
1968-69 Joe Harper 25 Premier League
1969-70 Billy Osborne 11 Premier League
1970-71 Joe Mason 9 Premier League
1971-72 Donald Gillies 9 Premier League
1972-73 Donald Gillies 14 Premier League
1973-74 Hugh McIlmoyle 8 Premier League
1974-75 John Hazel 6 Premier League
1975-76 John Goldthorpe
Ian Harley
Richard Sharp
22 First Division
1976-77 Andy Ritchie 22 First Division
1977-78 John Goldthorpe
Andy Ritchie
20 First Division
1978-79 Andy Ritchie 22 Premier League
1979-80 Andy Ritchie 19 Premier League
1980-81 Andy Ritchie 8 Premier League
1981-82 Andy Ritchie 6 Premier League
1982-83 James Rooney 7 Premier League
1983-84 John McNeil 17 First Division
1984-85 James Gillespie 5 Premier League
1985–86 John McNeil 14 First Division
1986–87 Rowan Alexander 23 First Division
1987–88 Jimmy Boag 8 Premier League
1988–89 Rowan Alexander 11 First Division
1989–90 Rowan Alexander 11 First Division
1990–91 Dave McCabe 21 First Division
1991–92 Alex Mathie 18 First Division
1992–93 Alex Mathie 13 First Division
1993–94 Rowan Alexander 11 First Division
1994–95 Derek Lilley 16 Second Division
1995–96 Derek Lilley 14 First Division
1996–97 Derek Lilley 15 First Division
1997–98 Warren Hawke 10 First Division
1998–99 Kevin Thomas 9 First Division
1999–2000 Harry Curran 9 First Division
2000–01 Ross Matheson 9 First Division
2001–02 Scott Bannerman 8 Second Division
2002–03 Alex Williams 23 Third Division
2003–04 Peter Weatherson
Alex Williams
15 Second Division
2004–05 Chris Millar
Peter Weatherson
10 Second Division
2005–06 Derek Lilley 12 Second Division
2006–07 Peter Weatherson 15 Second Division
2007–08 Peter Weatherson 9 First Division
2008–09 Peter Weatherson
Brian Wake
9 First Division
2009–10 Peter Weatherson 10 First Division
2010–11 Allan Jenkins 8 First Division
2011–12 First Division

National Player Honours

Notable players

To be included in this list players must have met the following criteria...

  • Played over 100 league games for Morton
  • Scored in a national Cup final
  • Managed the club after playing for them
  • Been from a nation outwith the British Isles
  • Won full international honours

For all Greenock Morton players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:Greenock Morton F.C. players.

Non-playing staff


Name Role
Scotland Douglas Rae Chairman
Scotland Crawford Rae Director/Stadium Director
Scotland Stuart Duncan Director
Scotland Gillian Donaldson Chief Executive
Scotland Arthur Montford Hon. Vice-President
Scotland Iain D. Brown C.A. Hon. Vice-President


Name Role
Scotland Allan Moore Manager
Scotland Mark McNally Assistant Manager
Scotland David Wylie Goalkeeping Coach


This list does not contain caretaker managers such as David Hopkin or Joe McLaughlin.

  • Scotland George Morell (1904–1908)
  • Scotland Bob Cochrane (1908–1927)
  • Scotland David Torrance (1928–1931)
  • Scotland Bob Cochrane (1931–1934)
  • Scotland Jackie Wright (1934–1938)
  • Scotland Jimmy Davies (1939–1955)
  • Scotland Gibby McKenzie (1955–1957)
  • Scotland Jim McIntosh (1957–1960)
  • Scotland Hal Stewart (1961–1972)
  • Scotland Eric Smith (1972)
  • Scotland Hal Stewart (1972–1974)
  • Denmark Erik Sørensen (1974–1975)
  • Scotland Joe Gilroy (1975–1976)
  • Scotland Benny Rooney (1976–1983)
  • Scotland Alex Miller (1983)

Scottish Cup Record

Morton first entered the Scottish Cup in season 1877/1878, and won it once in 1922. Over the course of Morton's time in the competition has changed format 5 times, to its current format of 8 rounds.

  • Between 1970–71 and 2006–07 there were 7 rounds.
  • Between 1957/58 and 1969–70 there were 5 rounds plus a preliminary round.
  • Between 1954/55 and 1956/57 there were 9 rounds.
  • Between 1912/13 and 1953/54 there were 6 rounds.
  • Between 1895/96 and 1911/12 there were 5 rounds.

So far Morton have finished the competition in the following rounds, this many times.

  • Finals – 2
  • Semi-finals – 5
  • 1/4 finals – 13


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