Young Enfield starlet John Morgan had a trial with Norwich City
in the latter part of 1997, hoping to emulate his former teammate
Lee Marshall who joined the Canaries
in March 1997 and made his professional debut the following October.
John made just 5 appearances for Enfield in 1997/98 (2 as substitute)
but has been more involved during the following campaign.
On 28th October, the Enfield Advertiser revealed that Barnet
manager John Still was keen on signing Morgan for his Division
Three side. The Enfield Advertiser of February 25th 1999
stated that John was to have a trial with Reading. John joined
fellow Ryman leaguers Romford on loan in March 1999 but returned
to Enfield, becoming Enfield's player of the year in 1999/2000
in what was a disappointing season for the Ryman Leaguers. John
was described by The Non-League Paper on 28th May 2000
as one of the Ryman League players most likely to be snapped up
by a league side.
In the Non-league Paper of 15th October 2000, Enfield manager
Jim Chandler was reported as saying that he had turned down a
number of bids for Morgan from league clubs including Barnet who
were quoted a figure of nothing less that £200,000. According
to Chandler, Barnet, Crystal Palace, Norwich, QPR and Southend
have all watched Morgan in recent weeks.
Considering the size of these reported offers, Enfield fans were
surprised to learn in November 2000 that John was heading to Conference
side Stevenage for £7500 ! .
John was placed on the transfer list in September 2001 as he was
unable to gain a regular first team spot. Stevenage claimed back
nearly all their transfer fee when John was sold to Grays Athletic
for £5000 in early October 2001. Reports in the local Enfield
press and in the Non-League Paper show that John returned
to Enfield during the autumn of 2002. However his stay was not
for long as he moved to rivals Chesham United at the end of December
2002. John later played for Waltham Forest before moving to Barking
and East Ham United at the end of March 2004.
In July 2005, John had returned to Enfield appearing as a triallist
for Enfield Town. He spent the following (2005/6) season with
them but resigned in July 2006 to concentrate on a career in the
fire service as he would not be able to give the necessary commitment
due to the nature of the job.