Morton Youth Academy players dedicate Cup success to former head scout Mick King


MORTON Youth Director Derek Anderson paid tribute to former head scout Mick King, who sadly passed away last month, praising his incredible legacy left in Cappielow.

Mr King was an extremely popular figure in Inverclyde youth football, seeking out many academy graduates currently playing on Gus MacPherson’s first team.

He also helped launch the careers of former stars such as Neil McCann, Mark McLaughlin, Derek McInnes, Derek Lilley and Alan Mahood.

The talent scout passed away suddenly last month at the age of 73, shortly before the youngsters from Ton found success at the Edinburgh International Football Festival just under a fortnight ago.

Academy boss Anderson invited Mr King’s daughter Rozlyn to Cappielow to dedicate the triumph to her late colleague and friend as the academy was pictured with their trophies.

He told Tele: “This is the first time that we can do something to truly honor Mick’s life.

“It was a very private funeral, and we could have brought the kids to Cappielow, but a lot of the parents would have worked during the day.

“It was a great opportunity for us to put something on for Mick and really celebrate the legacy he left here at the club.

“He loved Morton, he was so passionate about it. I remember even when I was playing here Mick was involved with the club working with Peter Weir – he loved the place.

“He played such an important role in attracting so many players who are currently in the academy here at the club and even bringing in boys like Alexander Easdale and Reece Lyon who are now in and among the first team.

“Mick was working with Celtic when I first came to the academy and needed someone to come with me and I think we sat until about half past one in the morning talking football club at the Tontine Hotel and that’s when I knew it was perfect for me to work with.

“All these groups that went to the Edinburgh Cup, along with the three age groups that won the tournament, Mick knew all of these boys and played a huge role in bringing them to the club.

“He’ll be smiling because there are 10 right now in the first team, either playing or on the bench.

“It was very fitting that this was our first tournament since Mick passed away and we went away and had the degree of success that we have had – it was really for him.

“The boys did really well under the circumstances and I’m sure he looked down on us because I really meant him when the players showed up with their medals.

“We now have a clear path at the club which is great, and Mick has played a huge role in that.”

Mr King’s daughter, Rozlyn, expressed her family’s pride in seeing different age groups celebrate the life of her late father.

She said: “I’ve said it before, being the only girl I’ve been dragged from football game to football game my whole life – Morton was in my father’s blood.

“He couldn’t think of anything better for young local talent to make their way and that’s the whole point of the youth academy here, he wasn’t prouder that these boys were making their way and playing for the first team.

“Coming to Cappielow on Monday and seeing all the boys in their gangs with all three trophies made me so proud and made it worth the trip.

“Now seeing a different side of my dad and the stories I was told and now come to Cappielow and see it all I can go safe and say – that was my dad and I like him a little bit. more than I really do. made.

“He always wanted me to be a Morton fan and it’s safe to say that I am firmly now.”