Centre forward Christopher Joseph Morris was born in the bucolic environs of Spilsby in Lincolnshire, then grew up in India and a rugby playing school in Wrexham. It is therefore not entirely obvious why or how he joined the City groundstaff in January 1957, though whoever picked out Chris was clearly onto something as he signed a professional contract in October 1957. It took almost a year for his senior debut to arrive, and despite encouraging post-match words in the local press it was another year and a week before Chris was selected again.
When he returned to the City first team in February 1960 it was on the right wing, not at centre forward, as he replaced the injured Doug Clarke. Morris grasped his chance with gusto and scored twice in a Thursday 4-0 win over Stoke City in mid-March. Chris added another goal to his tally in the penultimate league game of the season, a 1-1 draw at Portsmouth, and he must have spent the summer thinking that he had finally broken into the City first team after three years at the club. Morris started four games at the start of the 1960/61 season, no doubt swinging in a few crosses towards the 17 year old Chris Chilton who had just made his City bow, but by early September 1960 Doug Clarke was restored to fitness and Morris managed only one further start in October 1960 before he left the club in the 1961 close season.
A June 1961 move to York City offered Morris a fresh start but he failed to make any appearances for the Minstermen’s first team and soon disappeared from the footballing scene. He died young at York in February 1997.
Date/Place of Birth: 12 October 1939, Spilsby
Hull City First Game: 1 September 1958, Swindon Town H (Division Three), 18 years, 324 days old
Hull City Final Game: 15 October 1960, Walsall A (Division Three), 21 years, 3 days old
Hull City (1957-1961), York City (1961-1962)
Hull City Record
Career: 17 apps, 4 goalsChris Morris