Born in Glasgow, Scotland on October 2nd 1944, Willie Morgan was one of the illustrious group of players who played in the famous No. 7 shirt for Manchester United; included in the official line up of United’s “Magnificent 7’s” along with George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona and David Beckham, and achieving a lasting place in the football hall of fame.
Willie was signed for United by Sir Matt Busby in 1968 for then a record fee of £117,000 and was already the first footballer in the world to have his own official fan club. Willie captained Manchester United and was an international star, who was capped twenty one times for his country, reaching the finals of the world cup in 1974.
In 1972 after playing against Brazil Willie Morgan was voted ‘The Best Right Winger in the World’ and for Willie, Manchester United will always be the greatest club in the world.
Most people would agree that Sir Matt Busby knew a thing or two about football. So when he needed a player to further improve the side that had just won the 1968 European Cup, he set his sights on someone special. That player was Willie Morgan. Sir Matt broke the British transfer record to bring Morgan to Old Trafford, moving George Best over to the left wing to accommodate Willie on the right wing and giving him the mythical number 7 shirt previously worn by the inimitable Best.
An instant hit with the Old Trafford crowd, Morgan became a terrace idol in his own right. He was the first player in the world to have his own fan club and was twice voted player of the season in a team of bona fide living football legends, including Denis Law and Bobby Charlton.
But how did a miner’s son from a small village in Scotland make his way to the pinnacle of the football world, while striking up lasting friendships with show-business celebrities such as Tom Jones, Rod Stewart and Johnny Mathis off the field?
In On the Wing: My Autobiography, Willie Morgan entertainingly recounts his remarkable journey in life and football.
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“Over the years my music and travels have brought me many lasting friendships, and none more important to me than my pal Willie Morgan. As a world-class athlete Willie is a world traveler and like myself, a golfer. So we hit it off right away. My big surprise came later when after years of touring Great Britain in concert, and many many golf outings with Willie, he asked me to host a golf tournament in Northern Ireland. This is when I became aware of his great interest and support of children’s charities. Behind this fun and loving football legend was a dedicated and passionate supporter of underprivileged young people.
I will be forever grateful to him for his friendship and his many friends (especially Harold & Ashraf Riley, and Peter & Beryl Collins) for their kindness to me! “
“All the times we have met over the years I have found Willie to be a very personable and charming person. He has to be commended for all his work for the children’s charity organizations. Being a rugby follower myself, I wasn’t aware that he had been an international soccer player for Scotland. I’m glad he excelled at something as his snooker is useless (recalling the games at his local Conservative Club) and also his singing is just as good. (Recalling his Elvis rendition in Vegas!). Wish you all the best for the future …”
“It’s Willie’s combination of a talented player who is prepared to work with enthusiasm that has always impressed me”
“The game these days is crying out for individuals with his flair and fitness”
“We wanted him at City”
“The highest praise a City Man can give to Willie is to say that he springs to mind when I think of the United Greats”
“If you know a very young Willie Morgan, give me a ring – we would love to see his likes at Maine Road”
“I have signed some good players in my time as a Manager but none better than Willie”
“The game misses the Willie Morgan’s of this world”
“The best right-winger in the World”
“Morgan brings magic back to United”
“The magical Willie Morgan”
“The Scottish Stanley Matthews”
“Morgan Man of the match against Brazil”
“Ray Wilson salutes Mighty Morgan”
“It’s Morgan the Mighty”
“He’s a great Professional and a great competitor”
Just a few of the accolades attributed to Willie by the press and other greats during his fabulous career as he developed into a World Class Winger
“A player who can hold down a first team place with four different League teams and be regularly selected for his country for getting on for twenty years, you have to be something a little bit special”
“I had been very impressed with the skill displayed with Burnley’s right-winger when he played against Manchester United for Burnley. His name was Willie Morgan and so I proceeded to contact Burnley’s Football Club Chairman, the late Bob Lord.”
“Willie proved without any shadow of a doubt that he was one of the most skilful wingers of the day”
Both Willie and his daughter Gaynor are very active in supporting their chosen charities
Willie - Patron NSPCC
"Willie has been a valued supporter of the NSPCC since 1986, and we were delighted to make him an NSPCC Patron in 2015 in recognition of his incredible commitment towards our work.
In 1986 the ‘NSPCC Howard Keel Golf Classic’ was established by Willie himself, for which he had sole responsibility for securing the celebrities, much of the event logistics and liaison with the sponsors. The celebrity golf day took place at Mere Golf Club, Cheshire and was followed by an exclusive fundraising dinner, raising thousands of pounds each year. The event very quickly became the highlight of our fundraising calendar, and over a 26 year period the event generated over £1m for NSPCC in the North West, this is a staggering testament to Willie’s commitment and passion, and his support has truly changed the lives of hundreds of children, young people and their families living across the region.
He remains an advocate of the NSPCC and ChildLine to the present day and on behalf of all those young people, we cannot thank him enough for his initial vision and commitment to establish such a wonderful annual event."
Philanthropy Manager, NSPCC
Gaynor - Patron of Beechwood Cancer Care centre based in Stockport, Manchester.
At Beechwood we offer support to those living with cancer and other life limiting illness, as well as their relatives and carers. We first began offering cancer care back in 1990 and since then our Centre has helped many people.
We understand just how cancer and illness can affect someone's life, and we also know how helpful it can be to talk with other patients and carers.
Visitors to our Centre can choose from a range of support, including: One to one counselling sessions, Complementary therapies and Group sessions with other patients/carers
We can help with every stage of cancer and our Centre visitors include those who have just been diagnosed and need a listening ear, people at different stages of treatment and those ready to move on following treatment.
Donations for either charity will be greatly received.