George Morris

George Morris

Position: Forward

Born 29/01/1859
Died 23/11/1947
Place Of Birth Swansea

Sir George Lockwood Morris was a mobile forward and was selected for Wales’ 2nd international match (versus Ireland, 28 January 1882). He thus had the honour of being the first player from the club to be ‘capped’. He represented Wales on 5 occasions between 1882 and 1884.

Born on 29th January 1859, second son of George Byng Morris, a Justice of the Peace and High Sherriff of Glamorgan. George was the Great Grandson of Swansea industrialist John Morris 1st Baronet Morris, who was a copper and coal magnate and founded the suburb of Morristown below the family seat in Clasemont.

George Morris made his debut for Swansea on 2nd February 1878 at Sophia Gardens against Cardiff, aged 19. Swansea lost the match by two goals to nil. He does not appear again until 1880-81 where he again appeared in the pack against Carmarthen in a South Wales Challenge Cup match first round win (4th Nov 1880). He played in a romping win over Neath by 5 goals, 6 tries and 6 touch-downs on 4th Dec 1880. 

Morris captained the club in the 1881/82, 1882/83 and 1883-84 seasons, EW. H. Gwynn being his Vice-Captain in the latter. In his first term as captain, Morris inherited a changing side. Players such as Charlie Chambers, Arthur Richardson, Fred Meager, Charles Bath, James Doggett, F. C. Jones and Frank Carlyle were all retiring, changing the look of the Swansea side which now relied more on the Gwynn brothers David and Bill. George Morris' second term in office saw St Helens hold its and Wales' first home international match which was against England. Morris, along with Dai Gwynn and Frank Purdon, represented Swansea in the Welsh side that was outmatches by a superior English combination on December 16th 1882. Morris' Swansea side were also South Wales Challenge Cup finalists in 1882-83, losing to Newport in the final.

George Morris' representation in the Welsh side continued against Scotland in Edinburgh on 8th January 1883. The Scottish win did not affect his selection and he played again against England at Leeds on 5th January 1884 (lost) and at Newport when Wales lost to Scotland on 12th January 1884. The Welsh Football Union again changed the faces in the representative side, chasing a second international win and Morris was not reselected after his fifth cap. Appearances for Swansea were infrequent on following seasons. He played at St Helens against Newport in the drawn match on 2nd February 1884 and in the cup semi-final win over Newport on 12th February 1887. This led to his playing in Swansea's fourth and last appearance in a South Wales Challenge Cup Final against Llanelli at Newport on 19th February 1887 when they won the cup and Morris at last achieved a major title with the club he'd served since 1878. George Morris made a few appearances as a referee and umpire after this (referee at Swansea v Llanelli at St Helens on 11th Feb 1888 and umpire at Swansea v Bristol at Swansea on 1st December 1888), before his business interests took him away from the sport.

A manager of an engineering works and Lieutenant in the Royal Monmouthshire Engineers Militia, he later succeeded as 8th Baronet in September 1947 on the death of a cousin. He died in Henley, England on 23rd November 1947 aged 88. He was the younger brother of Charles Smith Morris who had played at forward for Swansea in 1876-77. George Morris' only son was Sir Cedric Lockwood Morris (1889-1982), the well known British artist, teacher and plantsman. he became 10th Baronet on George Morris' death in 1947.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 5 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0  
Clubs: - Swansea -
Education: - Clifton College, Bristol -
Honours: - Wales -

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