Ex-PNE winger Morrison dies

Former PNE winger Angus Morrison, who played alongside Sir Tom Finney – and was once "signed" for a box of cigars – has died aged 78.

Big, bustling Morrison joined the Deepdale club in 1948 from Derby.

Morrison was recommended to the Rams while serving in the Royal Air Force and, as a gesture of thanks, Derby sent the cigars to his station commander.

Morrison was one of a select band of Preston North End players to score in an FA Cup Final but, despite his goal in the 1954 final against West Bromwich Albion, North End still went down 3-2.

He also featured in Preston's Second Division championship winning side in 1950/51 and scored 70 goals in 262 league appearances for the Deepdale club.

Morrison spent eight years at Deepdale playing alongside Sir Tom Finney and other North End legends such as Charlie Weyman and Ken Horton.

Despite being on the losing side, he scored a hat-trick for Derby County against North End in a 7-4 thriller in December 1947, and in November 1948 was transferred to Deepdale for 8,000.

Sir Tom said: "I am extremely sorry to hear that Angus has died. The last time I saw him was in Nottingham a few years ago and he was fit and well then.

"He was a very popular player. He played on the opposite wing to me but he was really a centre forward.

"He did extremely well, he played in what I would consider to be one of the best sides of my career.

"He played for Derby County during the great 7-4 game of 1947, scoring three goals and then he came to us shortly after.

"He was a very, very nice fellow who was quite unassuming. He was very popular with the fans and a very good player.

"Angus was a big strong lad, he was about 6ft, but he was quite quick and a good goalscorer.

"He was a very good player to have in your side."

Morrison, who died in Derby, was capped by Scotland in a B international against England.

He moved from North End to Millwall in 1957 and later managed non-league clubs Nuneaton Borough and Belper Town.

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