On This Day: 29 October
- 29 October 2012 10:01
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
Looking back through the history books for the events, signings and memorable matches that happened on this day in City’s history.
Thursday 29th October 1998
Andy Morrison arrives at Maine Road on loan from Huddersfield Town.
A natural leader, Morrison arrived at a time when the younger players desperately needed guidance and somebody to encourage them while being prepared to tear a strip off them if they needed it, too.
Costing a mere £80,000 Royle initially signs the strapping centre-half on loan, but the impact he has is so great that the deal becomes permanent within a few dates.
He is soon made captain and starts with three goals in his first four games, including a spectacular volley in a 3–0 win at Oldham.
Morrison was soon a huge crowd favourite as fans tap in to the passion he showed playing for their club and inspirational qualities as captain guided City into the Division Two play-offs and after a tense semi-final victory over Wigan Athletic, he led the Blues out for what was to be one of the most dramatic matches Wembley had ever seen against Gillingham.
Injury blighted his remaining years at Maine Road and in 2002 he and City parted company amicably but despite making less than 50 starts for the club, he is still regarded as one of the most inspirational captains of all time.