John Morrison signed for the Tigers in March 1908 as a goal scoring inside forward, but in his two seasons at Anlaby Road he showed great versatility and when he left in 1910 he was regarded as a half back. He was born in Jarrow to a ship plater father and by 15 he was also working as a ship boiler maker in the local yards. He was playing local football in his early 20s and joined Northern Alliance side Jarrow FC in 1907. Within a few months he was scouted by and signed by Hull City.
Morrison made his debut at half back in September 1908 and made three starts before Northumberland man George Browell returned to fitness. His fourth and final game came in January 1909, starting at centre forward in faraway East London against Clapton Orient. John stayed with the Tigers until the 1910 close season but did not advance beyond the reserves side again.
Morrison joined Southern League side Swindon Town June 1910 and stayed one season at the County Ground, making eight appearances and representing the club in a sprint challenge arranged between various football clubs – an early incarnation of the Rumbelows Sprint Challenge, Morrison’s performance proved to be as humdrum as Leigh Jenkinson’s 80 years later. He returned to the North East and made the unlikely switch to First Division Sunderland, but in his two seasons with the Rokerites he didn’t progress beyond the A team and the Reserves.
In June 1913 he left Sunderland and was appointed player-manager of Jarrow AFC, apost he held for one season. Now living back in Jarrow, Morrison returned to work in the shipyards and by 1939 was living in an agreeable new-build semi-detached house in the suburbs south of Jarrow. He died in Jarrow in the early part of 1944.
Date/Place of Birth: 20 December 1885, Jarrow
Hull City First Game: 14 September 1908, Bolton Wanderers A (Division Two), 22 years, 269 days old
Hull City Final Game: 2 January 1909, Clapton Orient A (Division Two), 23 years, 13 days old
Jarrow (1907-1908), Hull City (1908-1910), Swindon Town (1910-1911), Sunderland (1911-1913), Jarrow AFC (1913-1914)
Hull City Record
Career: 4 apps, 0 goalsJohn Morrison