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RIP John Morrison

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Sad to hear of the passing of John Morrison. Undervalued and under appreciated, did a first class job alongside Mickey Moran in getting Mayo to an AI final in their only year in charge. As a pair they definitely deserved more time but our County board is as fickle as they come. Never heard of a bad word about John. May he rest in peace.

ponga (Mayo) - Posts: 473 - 12/02/2019 17:59:01    2164928

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RIP John

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 9821 - 12/02/2019 19:16:35    2164949

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Did a few coaching sessions in our club over the years as a favour , didn't know the man personally but you couldn't but admire his enthusiasm, he allways had the players eating out of his hand RIP

Damothedub (Dublin) - Posts: 5182 - 12/02/2019 19:27:23    2164956

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RIP

panamasam (Australia) - Posts: 2063 - 12/02/2019 19:28:08    2164958

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decent man, great legacy, Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

suckvalleypaddy (Galway) - Posts: 1231 - 12/02/2019 21:24:39    2164982

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RIP

Brolly (Monaghan) - Posts: 4471 - 12/02/2019 21:32:20    2164983

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Had the pleasure of meeting John many years ago. John would have you hanging on his every worth. From details of teaching Paul McGrane to restore his fielding technique. To giving his opinion on shoulders being inline with the post as you shoot and listing the 50 odd some ways to beat a man.
It's great to hear all the positive stories coming out today about the great John Morrison. Seems that John has had a lasting impact on anyone who has had the pleasure of spending time in his company.
RIP John

shaggylegend (Monaghan) - Posts: 1819 - 12/02/2019 23:42:08    2165006

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I often went along to Mayo training sessions back in 2006 and the first thing that always struck me about both John and Mickey was the love of the game that they both possessed. They were proud to be managing Mayo at the time and treated all the players as if they were their own. They were at every training session hours before it would begin and this was after travelling hundreds of miles to get to Mayo. They were never in any rush home either and often stayed behind to chat to spectators. This was important to them. It felt really strange at the time listening to two guys with big northern accents roaring everything positive to ours boys and John in particular stood out not just in size but the way he used his quirky language to get the best from the guys.

It should also be noted that the training sessions were always done with the ball in hand which again was new and inventive and this I believe led to guys like Ciaran Mc and Kevin O'neill playing some of their best football for the green and red. On reflection its just a shame that they didn't get another year. They deserved it!

Rest in peace John..... You're legacy will always live on here in Mayo

mayomanic (Mayo) - Posts: 65 - 13/02/2019 07:52:39    2165016

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Replying To mayomanic:  "I often went along to Mayo training sessions back in 2006 and the first thing that always struck me about both John and Mickey was the love of the game that they both possessed. They were proud to be managing Mayo at the time and treated all the players as if they were their own. They were at every training session hours before it would begin and this was after travelling hundreds of miles to get to Mayo. They were never in any rush home either and often stayed behind to chat to spectators. This was important to them. It felt really strange at the time listening to two guys with big northern accents roaring everything positive to ours boys and John in particular stood out not just in size but the way he used his quirky language to get the best from the guys.

It should also be noted that the training sessions were always done with the ball in hand which again was new and inventive and this I believe led to guys like Ciaran Mc and Kevin O'neill playing some of their best football for the green and red. On reflection its just a shame that they didn't get another year. They deserved it!

Rest in peace John..... You're legacy will always live on here in Mayo"
Open training sessions...that would never happen now.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 9821 - 13/02/2019 09:31:35    2165024

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RIP

clondalkindub (Dublin) - Posts: 9862 - 13/02/2019 10:04:43    2165032

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By all accounts John was not only a great GAA man, but just a great human being first and foremost. His weekly columns in the Gaelic Life were required reading for any aspiring coach or motivator. Sincere condolences to his family and many friends.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 6454 - 13/02/2019 10:20:16    2165035

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RIP John

Thoughts with family and friends.

Great man by all accounts

The_Fridge (Tyrone) - Posts: 1689 - 13/02/2019 12:41:15    2165082

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Very sorry to hear of the passing of John Morrison. I enjoyed the football played by Leitrim during his stint with Mickey Moran over our county team.

offyertrolley (Leitrim) - Posts: 124 - 13/02/2019 13:44:14    2165114

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RIP

realdub (Dublin) - Posts: 7613 - 13/02/2019 14:10:21    2165119

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RIP

bert09 (Meath) - Posts: 1600 - 13/02/2019 17:35:48    2165181

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RIP John, always thought himself and Mickey Moran were very harshly treated by the Mayo County Board (and they weren't the last ones, either).

Gleebo (Mayo) - Posts: 1667 - 15/02/2019 13:43:24    2165486

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RIP

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 454 - 15/02/2019 16:56:08    2165536

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Replying To Trump2020:  "RIP"
Did a number of coaches coaching sessions under his tuition brilliant brilliant coach lovely man who had a great way about him will be sadly missed RIP

runnerin (Meath) - Posts: 175 - 16/02/2019 10:25:05    2165623

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