Scottish left back Doug Morgan was born in Inverkeithing, a village on the Forth Estuary that in 1890 would have overlooked the newly-completed Forth Rail Bridge. He played for Inverkeithing United in his early 20s and was part of the squad that won the Scottish Junior Cup in 1913 with a 1-0 win over an over-confident Dunipace Juniors side at Partick Thistle’s ground – doug was noted in the local press as “a stone wall in the back line” during the Final. This is when he came to the attention of Hull City’s scouts, with the club still heavily reliant on imports from other footballing hotbeds rather than able to lean on an indigneous production line of players.
Morgan was competing with Geordie defender John McQuillan for the left back berth and by mid-October Doug had prevailed and was a regular choice in Harry Chapman’s side. When Fred Stringer took over the managerial reins in 1914/15 Morgan was initially used as both a left-sided forward and a full back, this versatility resulted in spells outside the first team as specialist players were preferred. In February 1915 he returned to the full back role and was ever-present for the remainder of the season.
The Football League was suspended in the 1915 close season in order that the country could focus on the War effort. Doug Morgan joined as Gunner in the 168th Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery, firing the shells from many miles distant that made life on the frontline such a terrifying experience. However on New Years Eve 1916 Morgan was himself involved in a shell explosion in West Flanders and died of his wounds.
Research for this website has shown that some ex-City players commonly thought to have died in World War 1 in fact recovered from thir wounds – Sam Lyon and Patrick Lavery, for instance. We have no such good news about Doug Morgan, who tragically lost his life during the war effort.
Date/Place of Birth: 18 June 1890, Inverkeithing
Hull City First Game: 6 September 1913, Blackpool A (Division Two), 23 years, 80 days old
Hull City Final Game: 29 April 1915, Grimsby Town H (Division Two), 24 years, 315 days old
Inverkeithing United (previously Inverkeithing Renton), Hull City (1913-1915)
Hull City Record
Career: 58 apps, 0 goalsDoug Morgan