Lionel Morgan

A former professional footballer and England youth international, Lionel was one of the most highly rated prospects of his generation.

 

By his 18th birthday Several Premier League clubs had shown an interest and it was Tottenham Hotspur, ironically the place where he grew up, that made several bids one being for a reported £2million.This was further endorsed by a MOM display playing for England where commentator Nigel Spackman, likened Morgan to a young John Barnes.

Early life

Lionel grew up in North London, Tottenham and attended both Tiverton and Crowland Primary schools. Growing up on Ermine road Estate, he counted himself lucky that this particular community had many children that enjoyed outdoor activities and in particular football.

It was here on this estate that Lionel learned very quickly that in order to cope with playing with the older boys physicality, he needed to develop certain skills that could overcome this natural obstacle. This in turn also developed his determined attitude and resilience, but some life-long valuable lessons were born out of this unique setting.

A football team was formed out of many of the children from the Ermine Estate and his football career had begun. Within months he had joined the Broadwater farm on the notorious BWF estate where he linked up with community champion Clasford Stirling and it was here he re-united with life long friend Jobi McAnuff, having previously gone to school together at Tiverton.

By the end of the year Lionel had been scouted by Wimbledon football club aged 9, joining Jobi and Clasfords son Jude Stirling.

Lionel went to St David and St Katherine secondary school which was another great learning ground for him. At this time the school had one of the worst reputations for gangs, violence and underachievement. Countless children from this school turned to a life of crime but through a strong will, a good family and football, Lionel navigated through school and potentially hazardous situations and temptations.

Lionel went through the ranks at Wimbledon and also represented England youth teams but sadly had to retire at the age of 22 after 2 operations because of serious knee injuries.

After football Lionel has worked in the football media, education and is currently operating his own football advisory company as well a foundation he runs with former team mate and longtime friend Shola Oyedele. He delivers anti discrimination workshops across the south of the England, on behalf of Show Racism the Red Card, kick it out, as well as workshops to help young people into the workplace for I Have A Gift.

Lionel also developed his own football academy with Jobi McAnuff and Richard Allicott, giving young people once in a life time opportunities to train and play against championship and Premier League football academies at prestigious training grounds throughout the country. One of those players has signed a professional contract at a Premier League club and is a current international footballer which has justified the hard work and dedication he put into the project.