Tottenham On This Day: Roger Morgan Makes His Spurs Debut

Roger Morgan made his Tottenham debut against his former club, Queen’s Park Rangers at Loftus Road with his identical twin, Ian, in the Rangers team.

IMG_0294Tottenham on this Day

15th February, 1969

Queens Park Rangers 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 1st Division

Scorer: Greaves

Team: Jennings; Beal, Knowles; Mullery, England, Collins; Pearce, Greaves, Jenkins, Venables, Morgan

The most notable fact from this match was that the Morgan twins, Ian and Roger, who had been part of the Queen’s Park Rangers success story of previous years and had helped Rangers gain promotion to the 1st Division were on opposite sides.

Identical twins, Ian and Roger Morgan had played all their football together but earlier in the month Spurs had signed Roger a left winger from Rangers for £110,000, equaling the highest cash transfer fee between English clubs.

At the end of January Spurs had defeated Rangers at White Hart Lane in a game re-arranged from November because of heavy rain. After signing, Roger Morgan had been unable to play in Spurs next match as he was cup-tied so his debut was at Loftus Road against his former club and facing his twin brother.

The match was close and finished all square with the Tottenham goal being scored by Jimmy Greaves, his 30th of the season.

Morgan was unfortunate that his time at Tottenham was blighted by injury. He was a regular in the team but early in the 1970-71 season he picked up an injury which saw him miss out on a trip to Wembley for the League Cup win and kept him out for over a year. He didn’t return to the first team until January, 1972 but he never fully recovered his fitness and it led to his eventual retirement in the summer of 1973. He made 80 League and Cup appearances for Spurs and scored 12 goals.

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  • Bertibus

    Not sure I’d use the phrase, “picked up an injury…”
    I was at the game when Len Badger of Sheffield Utd destroyed Morgan’s career with a vicious, pre-meditated lunge, aka a ‘tackle’ and tore Morgan’s knee to shreds.

    • Logan Holmes

      Thanks for that – I never knew how Roger Morgan was injured – I had always thought it was in the LC tie against Swansea and it was only today that I realised it had been later in the season against Sheffield Utd.

  • spurs62

    Spurs needed someone like Roger Morgan because earlier in the season Cliff Jones had gone to Fulham(age had caught up), and Jimmy Robertson had gone to Arsenal(when he had a lot more mileage, David Jenkins in exchange was not a success). It had been rumoured that Ian would join Spurs too, but that never happened.
    As you say, Roger was blighted by injury. The eye-witness comment on the Sheffield United match in 1970 is a reminder of how cruel football can sometimes be.

    • Logan Holmes

      I was always surprised at them letting Robertson go – Jenkins never showed any sign of being a suitable replacement and at teh time of Cliff Jones going he was still scoring regularly in the first team. I know they allowed him to go to get the benefit of the transfer in recognition of his many years service but he would still have been useful through that season.

      There was speculation that Ian intended to sign ian as well but like many rumours it never happened.

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