Councillors acknowledge Greenock Morton’s 150th anniversary

The milestone anniversary of one of Scotland’s oldest senior football clubs has been recognised by councillors.

Morton Football Club was officially formed on October 4 1874 so will be marking its 150th anniversary in 2024.

Councillor John Crowther asked that Inverclyde Council formally recognise the milestone of the Scottish Championship side at the recent full council meeting.

The club, which plays at Cappielow, officially changed its name to Greenock Morton in 1994 and has already been granted a civic reception from the council next year.

Councillor Crowther said: “Greenock Morton is well supported throughout Inverclyde and is a local institution.

“As well as their service to Scottish football, the club does a lot of great work in the wider community through its charitable arm, the Greenock Morton Community Trust.

“The Ton is famous for being one of the oldest senior football clubs in the country and I am pleased the council is recognising this milestone achievement of 150 years flying the flag for Greenock and Inverclyde.”

Councillors unanimously agreed the request.

The full text of the request is as follows:

 On 4th October 1874 Morton Football Club was formed making it one of the oldest senior football clubs in Scotland. In 1994 Morton Football Club officially changed its name to Greenock Morton Football Club (GMFC).

Council notes that GMFC celebrate their 150th anniversary next year, commends officers for engaging with GMFC in recognition of this magnificent milestone in the club’s history and notes further that a civic reception for GMFC will take place next year to mark this historical achievement.

GMFC is an asset to the community, and Council acknowledges the sterling work of the GMFC management committee plus players whose engagement with the community within Inverclyde and beyond is recognised herewith and Council wishes GMFC continued success in future years.

The full council meeting is available to watch on the Inverclyde Council YouTube channel and associated papers are on the council website. Both links are in the top right column.