30/04/2008

McLaughlin Released, Four Having Talks

Our season only finished last Saturday and the rumour mill started on Sunday. Posts on the greenockmorton.org messageboard suggested lots of players had been released including David McGurn, Alan Gilbride, Craig Black, Dean Keenan, Scott McKellar and Scott McLaughlin while David MacGregor, Kieran McAnespie and Jamie Stevenson have been told they can move on.

http://www.greenockmorton.org/forum/index.php?showtopic=20719&st=0

As yet there has been no official confirmation of any of these rumours but today's Scottish Sun has a snippet that suggests Scott McLaughlin has been released. It says Spanish side Real Jaen and Notts County will compete for McLaughlin's signature.


In today's Greenock Telegraph Roger Graham tells us that "the club are currently having talks with Stewart Greacen, Ryan Harding, Alex Walker and Kevin Finlayson with a view to retaining them for the new season."

Paartalu Signs 2 Year Deal

Erik Paartalu has signed a two year deal with Morton after impressing in the last couple of months of this season.

The news appeared in the Chairman's column on gmfc.net. However there appears to be a mistake. Douglas Rae says that the Australian has signed for two years but that he will be contracted to May 2011 at least - which is three years: "I am sure that all of our supporters will be pleased to learn that Erik Paartalu, who made a significant contribution to the Club in the remaining weeks of this season, signed a two year deal today which will keep him at Cappielow until at least May 2011."

29/04/2008

Sometimes Gentleman's Agreements Are Broken

Davie Irons and Derek Collins are pulling out all the stops to persuade Chris Millar to stay at Morton according to Steven McArthur in today's Greenock Telegraph.

Derek Collins is quoted as saying: "We are still in talks trying to persuade him to stay. St Johnstone are very keen to take Chris, but we will pull out all the stops to keep him here. He is still a Morton player until the end of May, and we hold Chris in high regard— he’s a very important player."

He also added: “Pre-contracts are not binding, but it’s the moral issue that he is struggling with. But sometimes gentleman’s agreements are broken.” This would suggest that Chris Millar can stay and wants to stay but doesn't want to go back on his commitment to St. Johnstone.

I said it on the Morton messageboard the other day and this only convinces me further that Millar will be playing at Cappielow next season.

Compston Wishes He'd Never Quit Football

The euphoria of scoring for a Scottish celebrity team against an English celebrity team at Wembley has caused former Morton player turned actor Martin Compston to claim he wishes he'd never quit football.

In today's Scottish Sun a full page article by Matt Bendoris tells how Compston scored the first goal in a 2-0 win (Darren Jackson netted the other)and quotes him as saying: "I wish I hadn't given up football." He also said: "That is one of the sweetest moments of my life. It's such a huge honour to score the first ever goal for Scotland at the new Wembley stadium."



Compston began his career as a trainee with Aberdeen. He played a total of 30 minutes of football for Morton over two sub appearances in season 2001/02. In both appearances we lost 4-0 - to Alloa and Queen of the South. The Queens game was the last game of the season and the one in which they celebrated their title win at Palmerston (a certain Peter Weatherson scored two of their goals). Compston then decided to quit football to concentrate on acting but did play for Greenock Juniors for a short while.



28/04/2008

Match Reaction - Praise For The Fans

Over the course of this season the Morton support has come in for a lot of criticism from the chairman, a former manager and certain players. So it was a refreshing change to read the praise we've been given in the post match reaction. Here are a few of the comments that have been made:

"If you were here today you would've seen the crowd we had Richard [Gordon, on BBC radio], the bottom stand was packed. They had to open the main stand, the old stand becaue of the overflow, that was probably a third full. You know, so, when you see that type of support you see the potential that Morton have got. It's a large provincial club. We've not been in the first division for five years, at the very least we should be playing at this level of football." (Davie Irons, interviewed for BBC radio)



"We're delighted for our fans - they are the best in the land - and the gaffer who has been an inspiration since he came here. But we have to punch our weight from the start of next season and not just at the tail end." (Stewart Greacen, quoted in the Daily Record)



"The fans were absolutely brilliant today, they got behind us right from the start, and we gave them a performance they can be proud of — it gives them a bit of hope from next year." (Stewart Greacen, quoted in the Greenock Telegraph)



"The real winner is the First Division - it needs a team like Morton and their fans who made up almost half of the 5000 crowd. The Cappielow club add a different dimension to this league." (John Traynor, Daily Record journalist in his match report)



"I'm delighted for the fans. They've supported us in great numbers and it's great to repay them and send them home happy." (Brian Wake, quoted in the Sunday Mail)



"The queue snaked on and on, with many of those involved standing quietly, alone in their thoughts. They anticipated ecstasy or agony, but either way it looked like every supporter Morton possessed had rolled up to Firhill to face their team's fate head on. It was impressive.
When it was time to go home, dozens of them were still in the vicinity, singing, chanting, telling anyone within earshot that Morton were the best team in the universe, or words to that effect." (Douglas Campbell, The Herald journalist in his match report)


"Last time I was up here I got a few shouts here and there but today I'd like to thank everybody, all the fans, for the reception at the end - it means a lot to me. It's brilliant, I don't confess that everybody likes me, some probably hate me, but it was emotional. I didn't think I would feel the way I did at the end, but it was much appreciated." (Chris Millar, quoted in the Greenock Telegraph)

"For me the REAL integrity of the Scottish game lies in the spirit of those Gretna players who still fight their corner when they could walk away. It lies in the 2,500 Morton fans taking over Firhill and roaring their team to safety." (Bill Leckie, Scottish Sun journalist in his column on the back page of the Supergoals pull-out)

27/04/2008

Partick Thistle 0 - 3 Morton

Partick Thistle 0 -
Morton 3 - Wake (14, 56), Finlayson (45)

Att - 4,914

As the front page of today's Tele' says 'We Did It'.

Morton avoided the play-offs and a play-off for the play-offs by matching Clyde's result at home to Stirling Albion - both sides winning 3-0 - in a day full of drama.

It seemed that everytime we scored Clyde would also score keeping the pressure on our players and the 2,600 strong Morton support biting our nails.




We put ourselves in the driving seat by taking the lead in the 12th minute. Newly established cult hero Brian Wake volleyed homewith his left foot after an Erik Paartalu cross was knocked down by Iain Russell inside the box. The goal was similar to the one he scored against St. Johnstone at McDiarmid Park and seems to suggest that Wake is something of a penalty box predator. His general play outside the box isn't the best but in the box he's been deadly over the last few weeks. Wakey had another chance in the first half; he chested down a cross ball swivelled brilliantly to hook a powerful volley into the bottom corner, Northern Ireland Under-21 internationalist goalkeeper Jon Tuffey dived low to his left to make an excellent save. Wake's chest, turn and shot impressed me more than either of his goals!

Clyde's Gary McSwegan pulled the Bully Wee back level with us in the 44th minute but this didn't last long as Kevin Finlayson let fly from around 25 - 30 yards and the ball flew past Tuffey in the Thistle goal (after watching the video on gmfc.net I've decided this goal was even better than I remember). Morton were back on top at half-time.

However, the twists and turns began again right after the restart. Pat Clarke - a transfer window signing from Cowdenbeath - scored immediately after half time to once again bring Clyde level.



Wake put the Morton support in dreamland with a third goal - his second - that turned out to be the goal that kept us up. My memory, Miller genuine draft and distance from the third goal prevent me remembering exactly how it happened but what I do remember is Brian Wake sort of hitting his shot off of Tuffey but it still ending up in the net.

At this point we seemed to be in control and with the news that Clyde were still only 2-0 up at Broadwood, and needing two goals or one goal and Thistle to score, we could see out the game quite comfortably. This all changed in the 83rd minute when Pat Clarke scored his second of the day from the penalty spot meaning a nerve jangling last 7 or so minutes for everyone involved.

As it happened we saw out the game and Clyde failed to score meaning we stayed up but not without some controversy. Partick's Damon Gray attempted to nick a goal by failing to pass back when Morton put the ball out for an injury to Iain Russell. Gray got on the end of the thrown in - which seemed to be aimed for Lee Robinson - but failed to punish the sleepy Ton defence. Clyde claimed that rumours circulated their ground suggesting that Thistle had pulled back not one but two goals on us and some Clyde fans have suggested that their players eased off believing they were staying up. Well Thistle hadn't and the celebrating Clyde fans must've felt like they'd been mugged when the real score filtered through.

The joyous scenes at the end were mostly stimulated by relief but I also think that there's a real optimism that Davie Irons has the managerial ability to get us up the right end of the table next season. Roll on 2008 / 2009.














Morton (3-5-2):

1. Robinson - 7
2. Harding - 8
3. Walker - 8 (12. Weatherson - 79 mins)
4. Millar - 7
5. Greacen (c) - 8
6. McGuffie - 7
7. Finlayson - 7 (16. Jenkins - 85 mins)
8. Paartalu - 8
9. Wake - 9
10. Russell - 7
11. McAlister - 7

Subs Not Used:

14. McLaughlin
15. Keenan
20. McGurn



Robinson
Harding Greacen Walker
Finlayson Millar Paartalu McGuffie McAlister
Russell Wake


Partick Thistle: Tuffey, Storey, Twaddle, Murray (Little 46), John Robertson, Kinniburgh (McStay 46), Chaplain, Rowson, Gray, Roberts (Keegan 60), Harkins. Subs Not Used: Hinchcliffe, Eaglesham

Booked: Robertson, Rowson, Harkins.


My man of the match: Brian Wake

Sponsor's man of the match:


Matchday Programme (Click to enlarge)














Watch the highlights here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/scotland/7376371.stm

BBC match report: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_div_1/7364831.stm

Greenock Telegraph match report: http://www.greenocktelegraph.co.uk/articles/2/23318

Greenock Telegraph match reaction: http://www.greenocktelegraph.co.uk/articles/2/23322

Partick Thistle match report: http://ptfc.co.uk/pressbox/match_reports.asp?id=216


Dominic Shimmin

Full Name: Dominic Shimmin
Age: 23 (13.10.1987)
Position: Central Defence; Right Back, Left Back, Central Midfield
Born: Bermondsey, England
Nationality: English
Height: 6' 1"
Transfer: Free - Unattached
Date Signed: 05.08.2008 (2 years)
Date Left: 16.05.2010
Transfer Out: Released - Dundee
Former Clubs: Arsenal, Queens Park Rangers, Bournemouth [loan], Crawley Town, Morton, Dundee.
Current Club: Dover Athletic.
Honours With Morton:
Personal Honours: Irn-Bru Phenomenal young player of the month: October 2008
Miscellaneous: Dominic started his career as a youth player at Arsenal. At only 17 years old QPR paid £70,000 to take him from Arsenal reserves.

He signed for Morton after a couple of trial matches. In between the trials matches and signing he also had a successful trial with St. Mirren and was offered a contract but Shimmin did not get back to the Paisley side.

Dominic likens his playing style to that of Rio Ferdinand: "I'm a technical centre half, but very aggressive. I'd liken myself to Rio Ferdinand."


Morton Career - starts, sub appearances, goals:

2008/09:
Div 1: 21, 0, 0 Lge Cup: 3,0,0 Ch Cup: 3,0,0 Scot C: 1,0,0
2009/10:
Div 1: 17, 0, 0 Lge Cup: 0 Ch Cup: 0 Scot C: 1,0,0

Totals:
League: 38, 0, 0 Lge Cup: 3,0,0 Ch Cup: 3,0,0 Scot C: 2,0,0

Overall: 46 Starts, 0 Sub App, 0 Goals


2008/09



Links

gmfc.net: http://www.gmfc.net/Squad/&player=34

Soccerbase profile: http://www.soccerbase.com/players_details.sd?playerid=41048

Wikipedia profile: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominic_Shimmin


Allan McManus

Full Name: Allan William McManus
Age: 35 (17.11.1974)
Position: Central Defence
Position At Morton: Player / Assistant Manager
Appointed Caretaker Manager: 21.09.2009
Appointed Assistant Manager: 30.10.2009
Date Left: 15.05.2010
Born: Paisley, Scotland
Nationality: Scottish
Height: 6' 1"
Transfer: Free - St. Johnstone
Date Signed: 02.06.2008 (2 years)
Date Left: 15.05.2010
Transfer Out: Released
Former Clubs: Heart Of Midlothian, Livingston, Alloa Athletic, Airdrieonians, Ayr United, Airdrie United, St. Johnstone, Morton
Former Clubs: (non-playing): Morton (player/caretaker manager, player/ assistant manager), St.Mirren (under-17s coach)
Current Club: Dumbarton
Honours With Morton:
Personal Honours:
Miscellaneous:

Morton Career - starts, sub appearances, goals:

2008/09:
Div 1: 18, 1, 0 Lge Cup: 1,1,0 Ch Cup: 2,0,0 Scot C: 0
2009/10:
Div 1: 12, 0, 0 Lge Cup: 2,0,0 Ch. Cup: 0 Scot C: 0

Totals:
League: 30, 1, 0 Lge Cup: 3,1,0 Ch Cup: 2,0,0 Scot C: -

Overall: 35 Starts, 2 Sub App, 0 Goals, 2 Red Cards

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Morton managerial career - played (won, drew, lost):

2009/10:
Div 1: 6 (2,0,4) Lge Cup: 0 Ch. Cup: 0 Scot C: 0

Totals:
League: 6 (2,0,4) Lge Cup: 0 Ch. Cup: 0 Scot C: 0

Overall: Played 6, Won 2, Drawn 0, Lost 4

Win Percentage: 33.33%

Total League Points Collected: 6 out of a possible 18

*Cup matches that are won or lost in extra-time are listed as wins or losses, matches that go penalties are listed as a draw irrespective of whether we won or lost after penalties.


2008/09



Links

gmfc.net: http://www.gmfc.net/Squad/&player=8

Soccerbase profile: http://www.soccerbase.com/players_details.sd?playerid=9206


Jamie Stevenson

Full Name: James Stevenson
Age: 26 (13.07.1984)
Positions: Central Midfield; Right Midfield, Second Striker
Born: Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality: Scottish
Height: 5' 9"
Transfer Fee: £15,000 - Alloa Athletic
Date Signed: 01.06.2006 (3 years)
Date Left: 01.06.2009
Transfer Out: Free - East Stirlingshire
Former Clubs:
Aberdeen, Alloa Athletic, Real Mallorca (Spain), Alloa Athletic, Morton, Alloa Athletic [loan], East Stirlingshire [loan], East Stirlingshire.
Current Club:
Airdrie United.
Honours with Morton:
2nd Division winner - 2006/07
Personal Honours:
Miscellaneous: Jamie was told he was free to leave the club at the end of season 2007/08.

He spent the first half of 2008/09 (joined 19.07.2008 - returned 01.01.2009) back on loan at Alloa Athletic after falling out of favour at Cappielow (17,4,2)

He joined East Stirling on loan on 29.01.2009.


Morton Career - starts, sub appearances, goals:

2006/07:
Div 2: 36, 0 , 8 Lge Cup: 1,0,0 Ch. Cup: 4,0,0 Scot C: 2,1,1
2007/08:
Div 1: 12 , 9 , 2 Lge Cup: 1,0,0 Ch. Cup: 3,0,0 Scot C: 0,2,0
2008/09:
Div 1: 0 Lge Cup: 0 Ch. Cup: 0 Scot C: 0

Totals:
League: 48, 9, 10 Lge Cup: 2,0,0 Ch Cup: 7,0,0 Scot C: 2,3,1

Overall: 59 Starts, 12 Sub App, 11 Goals


2006/07


Links

gmfc.net profile: http://www.gmfc.net/Squad/&player=21

Soccerbase profile: http://www.soccerbase.com/players_details.sd?playerid=33621

Wikipedia profile: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamie_Stevenson_(footballer)


Stevie Masterton

Full Name: Steven Allan Masterton
Age: 25 (02.01.1985)
Position: Central Midfield
Born: Irvine, Scotland
Nationality: Scottish
Height: 6' 0"
Transfer: Free - Clyde
Date Signed: 25.05.2008 (2 years)
Date Left: 16.05.2010
Transfer Out: Released
Former Clubs: Rangers, Kilmarnock, Clyde, Morton
Current Club: Crawley Town
Honours With Morton:
Personal Honours:
Miscellaneous: Stevie is a dead ball specialist and scored a trademark free-kick against us on the first day of season 2007/08.

Morton Career - starts, sub appearances, goals:

2008/09:
Div 1: 21, 8, 3 Lge Cup: 3,0,1 Ch Cup: 3,0,1 Scot C: 1,0,1
2009/10:
Div 1: 11, 5, 3 Lge Cup 1,0,0 Ch. Cup: 2,0,1 Scot C: 0


Totals:
League: 32, 13, 6 Lge Cup: 4,0,1 Ch Cup: 5,0,2 Scot C: 1,0,1

Overall: 42 Starts, 13 Sub App, 10 Goals


2008/09


Links

gmfc.net: http://www.gmfc.net/Squad/&player=30

Soccerbase profile: http://www.soccerbase.com/players_details.sd?playerid=35602

Wikipedia profile: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Masterton

Kieran McAnespie

Full Name: Kieran Liam McAnespie
Age: 28 (11.09.1979)
Positions: Central Midfield, Left Midfield, Left Back
Born: Gosport, England
Nationality: Scottish
International Honours: 4 Scotland Under-21 caps
Height: 5' 8"
Transfer Fee: £11,750 - Alloa Athletic
Date Signed: 22.06.2007 (2 years)
Date Left: 01.06.2009
Former Clubs: St. Johnstone, Fulham, Hearts [loan], Bournemouth [loan], Plymouth Argyle, Falkirk, Ayr United, Alloa Athletic, Morton, Dumbarton [loan], Bellshill Athletic, Milngavie Wanderers (amateur), Bellshill Athletic
Current Club: Arbroath
Honours with Morton:
Personal Honours:
Miscellaneous: Kieran was told he was free to leave the club at the end of season 2007/08 - 1 year after joing the club in a deal that involved a transfer fee.

Scotland manager Craig Brown took Kieran to the France 98 World Cup as a hamper boy to gain experience for the future.

In season 2008/09 Kieran spent five months on loan to Dumbarton (joined 03.01.2009).


Morton Career - starts, sub appearances, goals:

2007/08:
Div 1: 10, 4, 1 Lge Cup: 1,0,0 Ch. Cup: 1,1,0 Scot C: 1,0,0
2008/09:
Div 1: 0 Lge Cup: 0 Ch. Cup: 0 Scot C: 0


Totals:
League: 10, 4, 1 Lge Cup: 1,0,0 Ch Cup: 1,1,0 Scot C: 1,0,0

Overall: 13 Starts, 5 Sub App, 1 Goals


Links




Kevin Finlayson

Full Name: Kevin Charles Finlayson
Age: 30 (07.12.1979)
Positions: Right Midfield; Right Wing Back, Right Back
Born: Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality: Scottish
Height: 5' 9"
Transfer Fee: Free - Stranraer
Date Signed: 16.05.2005 (3 years)
Signed Extension: 23.05.2008 (2 years)
Date Left: 16.05.2010
Transfer Out: Released
Former Clubs: Queen's Park, Ross County, Stranraer, Morton
Current Club: Clyde
Honours with Morton: 2nd Division winner - 2006/07
Personal Honours:
Miscellaneous:

Morton Career - starts, sub appearances, goals:

2005/06:
Div 2: 31, 6 , 1 Lge Cup: 1,0,0 Ch. Cup: 4,0,0 Scot C: 1,0,0
2006/07:
Div 2: 9 , 20 , 1 Lge Cup: 0 Ch. Cup: 1,2,0 Scot C: 1,2,0
2007/08:
Div 1: 29 , 3 , 2 Lge Cup: 1,0,0 Ch. Cup: 2,0,0 Scot C: 4,0,1
2008/09:
Div 1: 27, 5, 0 Lge Cup: 0,2,0 Ch. Cup: 0,3,0 Scot C: 0,1,0
2009/10:
Div 1: 27, 4, 0 Lge Cup 2,0,0 Ch. Cup: 1,1,0 Scot C: 3,0,0

Totals:
League: 123, 38, 4 Lge Cup: 4,2,0 Ch Cup: 8,6,0 Scot C: 9,3,1

Overall: 144 Starts, 49 Sub App, 5 Goals, 2 Red Cards


2007/08

2008/09


Links

gmfc.net profile: http://www.gmfc.net/Squad/&player=23

Soccerbase profile: http://www.soccerbase.com/players_details.sd?playerid=11993

Wikipedia profile: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Finlayson


Brian Graham

Full Name: Brian Graham
Age: 24 (23.11.1987)
Positions: Centre Forward
Born: Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality: Scottish
Height: 6' 1"
Transfer Fee: Free - Hillington Boys Club
Date Signed: 24.06.2005 (2 years)
Signed Extension: 17.05.2007 (1 year)
Signed Extension: 01.12.2007 (2 years)
Signed Extension: 16.05.2010 (2 years)
Date Left: 08.05.2011
Former Clubs: Hillington Boys Club, Morton, East Stirlingshire [loan]
Current Club: Raith Rovers
Honours with Morton: 2nd Division winner - 2006/07
Personal Honours:
Miscellaneous: Brian spent season 2008/09 on loan to East Stirlingshire (joined 17.07.2008). His record was: 33 Starts, 6 Sub app, 18 Goals, 1 Red Card.

Morton Career - starts, sub appearances, goals:

2005/06:
Div 2: 0, 1, 0 Lge Cup: 0 Ch. Cup: 0 Scot C: 0
2006/07:
Div 2: 1, 0, 0 Lge Cup: 0 Ch. Cup: 0 Scot C: 0
2007/08:
Div 1: 3, 12, 1 Lge Cup: 0,1,0 Ch. Cup: 3,1,2 Scot C: 1,0,0
2008/09:
Div 1: 0 Lge Cup 0 Ch. Cup: 0 Scot C: 0
2009/10:
Div 1: 10, 12, 2 Lge Cup 1,1,0 Ch. Cup: 1,1,0 Scot C: 0,3,1
2010/11:
Div 1: 16, 12, 7 Lge Cup 0,0,0 Ch. Cup: 0,0,0 Scot C: 4,0,4

Totals:
League: 30, 37, 10 Lge Cup: 1,2,0 Ch Cup: 4,2,2 Scot C: 5,3,5

Overall: 40 Starts, 44 Sub App, 17 Goals


2007/08



Links

gmfc.net profile: http://www.gmfc.net/Squad/&player=10

Soccerbase profile: http://www.soccerbase.com/players_details.sd?playerid=43743

Wikipedia profile: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Graham_%28footballer%29

Liam Kerrigan

Full Name: Liam Kerrigan
Age: 18 (22.07.1990)
Positions: Midfield
Born: Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality: Scottish
Height: 5' 10"
Transfer Fee: Unknown
Date Signed: Unknown
Contract Expires: Unknown
Former Clubs: Unknown
Honours with Morton:
Personal Honours:
Miscellaneous:

Morton Career - starts, sub appearances, goals:

2007/08:
Div 1: 0 Lge Cup: 0 Ch. Cup: 0 Scot C: 0
2008/09:
Div 1: 0 Lge Cup: 0 Ch. Cup: - Scot C: -

Totals:
League: 0 Lge Cup: 0 Ch Cup: 0 Scot C: 0

Overall: 0 Starts, 0 Sub App, 0 Goals


Links


Soccerbase profiles: n/a

Wikipedia profile: n/a

Iain Russell

Full Name: Iain Thomas Russell
Age: 27 (14.11.1982)
Position: Centre Forward
Born: Dumfries, Scotland
Nationality: Scottish
Height: 5' 10"
Transfer: £40,000 - Brechin City
Date Signed: 31.08.2007 (3 years)
Date Left: 11.06.2010
Transfer Out: Bosman - Livingston
Former Clubs: Annan Athletic (youth), Rangers, Motherwell, Dumbarton, Brechin City, Morton, Alloa Athletic [loan], Stirling Albion [loan]
Current Club: Livingston
Honours With Morton:
Personal Honours:
Miscellaneous: Whilst at Brechin Iain pipped Morton's Peter Weatherson and Paul McGowan to the 2006/07 SPFA 2nd Division Player of the Year. In his spells with Dumbarton and Brechin he has scored against Morton 9 times!

Iain joined Alloa Athletic on an emergency loan until the 13th December on 11th September 2009. His record was: 4 Starts, 2 Sub app, 2 Goals. He then joined Stirling Albion at the end of the March and spent the remainder of the season there. Where his goals helped the Binos win the title.

In the summer of 2010, Iain rejected a one-year contract extension from new manager Allan Moore to sign a two-year deal with Second Division Livingston.

Morton Career - starts, sub appearances, goals:

2007/08:
Div 1:
24, 6, 8 Lge Cup: 0 Ch Cup: 0 Scot C: 2,2,1
2008/09:
Div 1: 11, 14, 3 Lge Cup: 3,0,4 Ch. Cup: 3,0,0 Scot C: 0,1,0
2009/10:
Div 1: 4, 1, 0 Lge Cup: 0,0,0 Ch. Cup: 1,0,0 Scot C: 0

Totals:
League:
39, 21, 11 Lge Cup: 3,0,4 Ch Cup: 4,0,0 Scot C: 2,3,1

Overall: 48 Starts, 24 Sub App, 16 Goals


2008/09




Links

gmfc.net: http://www.gmfc.net/Squad/&player=20

Soccerbase profile: http://www.soccerbase.com/players_details.sd?playerid=33139 & http://www.soccerbase.com/players_details.sd?playerid=52217

Wikipedia profile: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iain_Russell
Lee Mitchell

Full Name: Lee Mitchell
Age: 18 (27.04.1990)
Positions: Midfield
Born: Greenock, Scotland
Nationality: Scottish
Height: 5' 9"
Transfer Fee: Unknown
Date Signed: Unknown
Date Left: 01.06.2009 - Released
Former Clubs: Morton
Current Club: Maple Woods Monarchs (USA - Soccer scholarship)
Honours with Morton:
Personal Honours:
Miscellaneous:

Morton Career - starts, sub appearances, goals:

2007/08:
Div 1: 0 Lge Cup: 0 Ch. Cup: 0 Scot C: 0

Totals:
League: 0 Lge Cup: 0 Ch Cup: 0 Scot C: 0

Overall: 0 Starts, 0 Sub App, 0 Goals


Links

Soccerbase profiles: n/a

Wikipedia profile: n/a

Colin Stewart

Full Name: Colin Stewart
Age: 31 (10.01.1980)
Position: Goalkeeper
Born: Middlesbrough, England
Nationality: Scottish
International Honours: 1 Scotland Under-21 Cap
Height: 6' 3"
Transfer: Free - Unattached
Date Signed: 13.05.2008 (2 years)
Signed Extension: 01.06.2010 (1 year)
Contract Expires: 01.06.2011
Former Clubs: Ipswich Town, Kilmarnock, Clydebank [loan], Alloa Athletic [loan], Queen's Park [loan], Hamilton Academical [loan], Stranraer [loan], Ross County, Partick Thistle, Grindavík (Iceland), Livingston
Honours With Morton:
Personal Honours:
Miscellaneous: Although Stewart was born in England, he qualified to play for Scotland as he is the son of former Rangers and Scotland player Jim Stewart. Jim was playing for Middlesbrough when his son was born.

Colin kept a clean sheet against Latvia in his one appearance for the Scotland under-21s.

Colin holds the UEFA B License and is currently working towards his Goalkeeping license.

He runs the Young Mittz goalkeeping academy with his brothers, Ross and Fraser.


Morton Career - starts, sub appearances, clean sheets:

2008/09:
Div 1: 2, 2, 1 Lge Cup: 0 Ch Cup: 0 Scot C: 0
2009/10:
Div 1: 26, 1, 3 Lge Cup: 0 Ch Cup: 0 Scot C: 3,0,2
2010/11:
Div 1: 26, 1, 8 Lge Cup: 1,0,0 Ch Cup: 1,0,1 Scot C: 4,0,0

Totals:
League: 54, 4, 12 Lge Cup: 1,0,0 Ch Cup: 1,0,1 Scot C: 7,0,2

Overall: 62 Starts, 4 Sub App, 15 Clean Sheets


2008/09





Links

gmfc.net: http://www.gmfc.net/Squad/&player=7



Peter Weatherson

Full Name: Peter Joseph Weatherson
Age: 31 (29.05.1980)
Positions: Centre Forward; Right Back, Central Defence, Central Midfield
Born: North Shields, England
Nationality: English
Height: 6' 0"
Transfer Fee: £30,000 - Queen of the South
Date Signed: 24.06.2003
Signed Extension: 15.12.2007 (2.5 years)
Signed Extension: 19.01.2010 (2 years from end of last contract)
Contract Expires: 19.05.2012
Former Clubs: Newcastle Blue Star, Queen of the South
Honours with Morton: 2nd Division winner - 2006/07
Personal Honours: Picked in the SPFA 2006/07 2nd Division team of the year (as a right back). Shortlisted for the 2006/07 SPFA 2nd Division Player of the Year.
Bells Player Of The Month: August (2003)
Miscellaneous: Peter had a spell as Captain towards the end of the 2007/08 season. He used to coach one of Morton's youth teams.

He has scored two hat-tricks in his time at Cappielow - against Arbroath (on his debut) and in the 9-1 win against Forfar Athletic ( he actually scored four in total).

Peter scored his 100th goal for the club in a 2-0 win over Queen of the South on October 16, 2010. He joins fellow Ton centurions Jimmy Gourlay, Allan McGraw, Joe Mason, Andy Ritchie and Rowan Alexander in scoring a Ton of goals for Morton.


Morton Career - starts, sub appearances, goals:

2003/04:
Div 2: 31, 0, 15 Lge Cup: 2,0,1 Ch. Cup: 2,0,3 Scot C: 2,0,1
2004/05:
Div 2: 26, 6, 11 Lge Cup: 1,1,0 Ch. Cup: 1,0,0 Scot C: 3,0,3
2005/06:
Div 2: 36, 0, 10 Lge Cup: 1,0,0 Ch. Cup: 4,0,0 Scot C: 2,0,1
2006/07:
Div 2: 34, 0, 15 Lge Cup: 1,0,0 Ch. Cup: 4,0,2 Scot C: 3,0,1
2007/08:
Div 1: 33, 2, 9 Lge Cup: 1,0,0 Ch. Cup: 4,0,0 Scot C: 4,0,2
2008/09:
Div 1: 31, 3, 9 Lge Cup: 1,2,0 Ch. Cup: 0,3,1 Scot C: 1,0,0
2009/10:
Div 1: 31, 2, 10 Lge Cup 2,0,2 Ch. Cup: 1,1,0 Scot C: 3,0,0
2010/11:
Div 1: 18, 12, 6 Lge Cup 1,1,2 Ch. Cup: 1,1,0 Scot C: 0,4,0

Totals:
League: 240, 25, 85 Lge Cup: 10,4,5 Ch Cup: 17,5,6 Scot C: 18,4,8

Overall: 285 Starts, 38 Sub App, 104 Goals, 3 Red Cards


2006/07


2007/08


2008/09



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Darren McGeouch

Full Name: Darren McGeouch
Age: 21 (15.02.1990)
Positions: Central Midfield
Born: Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality: Scottish
Height: 5' 8"
Transfer In: Free - Celtic
Date Signed: 27.06.2007
Date Left: 01.06.2009
Transfer In: Free - Unattached
Date Re-signed: 05.07.2011 (1 year)
Contract Expires: 05.07.2012
Former Clubs: Celtic, Morton, Stranraer, Falkirk Amateurs
Honours with Morton:
Personal Honours:
Miscellaneous: McGeouch never made an appearance for the first team in his first spell with the club, but was an unused substitute 5 times in season 2007/08. He impressed in pre-season friendlies against Arthurlie and Stenhousemuir in the summer of 2007.

Allan Moore re-signed McGeouch after a successful trial period in which he played in the 2011 Renfrewshire Cup semi-final win over Carlton YMCA.

He is the the brother of Celtic youth star Dylan McGeouch, who transfered between Celtic and Rangers, and then back again.


Morton Career - starts, sub appearances, goals:

2007/08:
Div 1: 0 Lge Cup: 0 Ch. Cup: 0 Scot C: 0
2008/09:
Div 1: 0 Lge Cup: 0 Ch. Cup: 0 Scot C: 0
2011/12:
Div 1: 0 Lge Cup: 0 Ch. Cup: 0 Scot C: 0

Totals:
League: 0 Lge Cup: 0 Ch Cup: 0 Scot C: 0

Overall: 0 Starts, 0 Sub App, 0 Goals


2007/08


2008/09



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Jim McAlister

Full Name: James Duncan McAlister
Age: 24 (02.11.1985)
Positions: Left Midfield, Right Midfield; Central Midfield
Born: Rothesay, Scotland
Nationality: Scottish
Height: 5' 10"
Transfer Fee: Free - Linwood Rangers
Date Signed: 27.12.2002
Signed Extension: 01.07.2004 (3 years)
Signed Extension: 01.12.2007 (2.5 years)
Date Left: 16.05.2010
Transfer Out: Bosman - Hamilton Academical
Former Clubs: Livingston (youth), Rothesay Brandanes (amateur), Linwood Rangers (amateurs), Morton
Current Club: Hamilton Academical
Honours with Morton: 3rd Division winner - 2002/03, 2nd Division winner - 2006/07
Personal Honours:
Miscellaneous: In the past four seasons Jim has started every match except two: in the first match of 2004/05 he was a used substitute and he was rested for the last league match of 2005/06 - a meaningless match against Forfar which preceeded the play-offs with Peterhead. He has started every match in 2006/07 and 2007/08.

Jim has been linked with a move to Motherwell on numerous occasions. Motherwell manager Mark McGhee confirmed his interest in an audio interview on the BBC website

In the summer of 2009 Romanian legend Dan Petrescu declared his interest in signing Jim McAlister for Unirea Urziceni. Jim even played a trial match against Plymouth Argyle. However, the move broke down after Petrescu said that he would need to come to Romania for a two or three week trial first and that Jim wasn't keen on moving abroad.

On Sunday 2nd August 2009 Jim went on a four day trial with Watford. Watford manager Malky Mackay said that he would continue to monitor Jim's progress.


Morton Career - starts, sub appearances, goals:


2002/03:
Div 3: 2, 5, 0 Lge Cup: 0 Ch. Cup: 0 Scot C: 0,2,0
2003/04:
Div 2: 1, 8, 0 Lge Cup: 0 Ch. Cup: 0 Scot C: 0
2004/05:
Div 2: 35, 1, 2 Lge Cup: 2,0,0 Ch. Cup: 1,0,0 Scot C: 3,0,0
2005/06:
Div 2: 37, 0, 4 Lge Cup: 1,0,0 Ch. Cup: 4,0,0 Scot C: 2,0,0
2006/07:
Div 2: 36, 0, 5 Lge Cup: 1,0,0 Ch. Cup: 4,0,0 Scot C: 3,0,0
2007/08:
Div 1: 36, 0, 4 Lge Cup: 1,0,0 Ch. Cup: 4,0,1 Scot C: 4,0,1
2008/09:
Div 1: 35, 0, 0 Lge Cup: 3,0,1 Ch. Cup: 3,0,0 Scot C: 1,0,0
2009/10:
Div 1: 30, 0, 1 Lge Cup 2,0,0 Ch. Cup: 2,0,0 Scot C: 3,0,0

Totals:
League: 212, 14, 16 Lge Cup: 10,0,1 Ch Cup: 18,0,1 Scot C: 16,2,1

Overall: 256 Starts, 16 Sub App, 19 Goals


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