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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY - AFRO-BRITISH " WES MORGAN " IS A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER WHO IS THE CAPTAIN OF LEICESTER CITY AND A DEFENDER - GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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Wes Morgan
Wes Morgan
Wes Morgan Warming up vs Leaminton Spa.jpg
Morgan warming up for Leicester City in 2013
Personal information
Full name Westley Nathan Morgan[1]
Date of birth 21 January 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 5
Youth career
1995–1999 Notts County[3]
1999–2000 Dunkirk[4]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps† (Gls)†
2002–2012 Nottingham Forest 352 (12)
2002 → Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 5 (1)
2012– Leicester City 180 (7)
National team‡
2013– Jamaica 25 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:51, 28 April 2016 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:29, 30 March 2016 (UTC)
Westley Nathan "Wes" Morgan (born 21 January 1984) is a Jamaica international footballer who plays as a defender for English club Leicester City.

He spent the majority of his career with his boyhood club, Nottingham Forest, playing 402 official games and scoring 14 goals. He was their longest-serving player when he transferred to Leicester City in January 2012. Morgan became Leicester's captain later that year, and has gone on to play nearly 200 matches in all competitions for them, winning the Championship in 2014 and the Premier League two years later.

Born and brought up in England, Morgan chose to represent his ancestral Jamaica at international level. He made his debut for them in 2013, and was part of their teams that competed in the 2015 Copa América and finished runners-up at the same year's CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Contents 
1 Career
1.1 Nottingham Forest
1.1.1 Early years
1.1.2 First-team regular
1.2 Leicester City
2 International career
3 Personal life
4 Career statistics
4.1 Club
4.2 International
5 Honours
5.1 Club
5.2 Individual
5.3 International

Career
Nottingham Forest
Early years

Morgan playing for Nottingham Forest in 2002
Morgan was born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. Having been rejected by Nottingham Forest's near neighbours Notts County at the age of 15, and went to study business at South Notts College while playing semi-professionally in central midfield for Dunkirk F.C. in the Midland Football Alliance. His performances were tracked by non-league teams and Forest, who took him as an apprentice while he continued studying. There was no transfer fee, but Dunkirk received two Forest kits. Their clubhouse has his Forest and Leicester shirts on the wall.[5]

In February 2003, with manager Paul Hart considering him close to a first-team breakthrough after his reserve performances, Morgan was loaned to Kidderminster Harriers of the Third Division.[6] He made his professional debut on 1 March, playing the full 90 minutes of a 1–3 loss to Scunthorpe United at Aggborough, deflecting a 25-yard Peter Beagrie shot for the first goal.[7] Morgan totalled five appearances for the Worcestershire side, scoring his first goal two weeks after his debut, heading to confirm a 2–0 victory at Cambridge United.[8]

Hart wanted Morgan to lose weight before joining the first team, which became a priority as the team had lost several players after losing in the last season's play-offs.[5] He made his debut at left back on 12 August 2003 away to Port Vale at the age of 19; after a goalless draw Forest won a penalty shootout to advance to the second round of the League Cup.[9] Four days later he made his First Division debut in a 3–0 loss to Reading; Hart considered him the man of the match.[5] On 18 October, he scored his first goal for Forest, heading Eoin Jess' cross to finish a 6–0 win over bottom team Wimbledon at the City Ground.[10] He totalled 32 games across the season, also scoring an equaliser on 3 December in the home game against Ipswich Town, and was sent off twice over the campaign.

First-team regular
In the 2007–08 campaign, Morgan was a virtual ever-present in defence, as he helped Forest finish second in the league, gaining promotion from League One to the Championship.[11] His only goal of the season came in a 2–0 victory at Tranmere Rovers. Morgan helped Forest keep 24 clean sheets in all that season, the record for the league, helping him secure his first honour of his career.

Morgan found it hard adapting to life back in the Championship during the first half of the 2008–09 season, with Forest languishing in the relegation zone by Christmas. Following the dismissal of Colin Calderwood on Boxing Day 2008, and the arrival of Billy Davies soon after, Morgan and the Forest defence looked far more solid as the season progressed which eventually led to the Reds retaining their Championship status. At the end of the 2008–09 season he had made a total of 274 appearances in all competitions, including 255 starts.

October 2011 saw Wes Morgan make his 400th appearance for Nottingham Forest against Hull City in a match in which he was also handed the captaincy.

On 20 January 2012, Nottingham Forest announced they rejected a bid for Morgan from local rivals Leicester City.[12]

Leicester City

Morgan (right) playing for Leicester City in an FA Cup quarter-final match against Chelsea on 18 March 2012
On 30 January 2012, Morgan joined East Midland rivals Leicester City for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £1 million. As a result of his performances towards the end of the 2011–12 season, he was awarded with the Leicester City captaincy ahead of the 2012–13 season.[13] His impressive performances early on earned him a nomination for Championship Player of the Month for September.[14] Leicester were then promoted to the Premier League for the 2014–15 season.

Morgan scored his first goal of the season in a 4–3 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on the 21 March 2015, another in 3–0 win over Newcastle on the 5 May. On 19 April 2015, Morgan was selected in the "The Football Manager Team of the Decade" at the Football League Awards.[15]

Morgan kept his place for the 2015–16 season, starting in the first 10 league games.[16] On 3 April 2016, he scored the only goal against Southampton,[17] despite feeling ill.[5] On 1 May, he equalised with a header in a 1–1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford, and the next day Leicester won the title, with Morgan becoming the first Jamaican to win a Premier League medal.[18]

Manager Claudio Ranieri said "Wes Morgan is Baloo off The Jungle Book. He is a big gentle bear who looks after all the lads. He does not speak so much but when he does speak, everybody listens. He is the perfect captain. I never knew anything about him before I came here. But I watched all the matches, I watched how solid, strong and intelligent he was".[5]

International career
On 1 September 2013, Morgan was called up to the Jamaican squad for the first time.[19][20] He made his debut in a 0–0 draw against Panama at the Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City on 7 September 2013.[21] Morgan captained the Reggae Boyz for the first time in the 3–1 defeat to Canada on 9 September 2014.[22]

Personal life
Morgan has a child with the sister of fellow professional footballer, Leon Best.[23]

He is a co-owner of Blue Ink, a tattoo studio in Leicester.[24]

Career statistics
Club
As of match played 1 May 2016.[16][25]
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[26] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2002–03 Kidderminster Harriers (loan) Third Division 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Kidderminster Harriers Career Total 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
2002–03 Nottingham Forest First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003–04 32 2 1 0 3 0 0 0 36 2
2004–05 Championship 43 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 51 1
2005–06 League One 43 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 47 2
2006–07 38 0 5 0 1 0 5 1 49 1
2007–08 42 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 46 1
2008–09 Championship 42 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 46 1
2009–10 44 3 2 0 3 0 2 0 51 3
2010–11 46 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 51 1
2011–12 22 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 25 2
Nottingham Forest Career Total 352 12 20 0 20 1 10 1 402 14
2011–12 Leicester City Championship 17 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2012–13 45 1 3 0 1 0 2 0 51 1
2013–14 45 2 0 0 3 1 0 0 48 3
2014–15 Premier League 37 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 40 2
2015–16 36 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 2
Leicester City Career Total 180 7 8 0 4 1 2 0 194 8
Career Total 537 20 28 0 24 2 12 1 601 23
International
As of match played 29 March 2016.[27]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Jamaica 2013 4 0
2014 6 0
2015 13 0
2016 2 0
Total 25 0
Honours
Club
Leicester City

Premier League: 2015–16
Football League Championship: 2013–14[28]
Nottingham Forest

Football League One (Runner-up): 2007–08[11]
Individual
Premier League PFA Team of the Year: 2015–16[29]
Football League Championship PFA Team of the Year: 2010–11,[30] 2012–13,[31] 2013–14[32]
Football League Team of the Decade: 2005–2015[33]
Leicester City Player of the Season: 2012–13[34]
Leicester City Players' Player of the Season: 2012–13[34]
International
Jamaica

CONCACAF Gold Cup (Runner-up): 2015 [35]