By Tony Alvarez
This Saturday sees the return of Marvin Morgan to his former club Aldershot Town as his new side Shrewsbury Town visit Aldershot‘s EBB Stadium.
To outsiders this may not seem anything out of the ordinary players return to their former clubs all the time, but very few return in the circumstances that surround Morgan’s first game against the Shots.
Morgan left Aldershot Town under a huge cloud of controversy and ill feeling. After being substituted and booed off by his own fans a enraged Morgan took to twitter to abuse the booing fans he tweeted “like to thank the fans who booed me off the pitch. Where’s that going to get you! I hope you all die.”
Needless to say the fans were fuming about this tweet especially as someone linked with the club had sadly passed away a few days previously, as well as the fans being dismayed the club were not too impressed, Morgan never played for the club again and was instantly loaned out to at the time League One club Dagenham and Redbridge however he struggled to get much game time.
At the end of Morgan’s loan spell he was due to return to Aldershot but he was quickly moved on to League Two rivals Shrewsbury Town.
Whilst Morgan’s side Shrewsbury have been performing well in the League Morgan has not exactly set the division alight, don’t get me wrong he has played well but he has not thus far had the goal return he would of hoped for.
The hit man has netted 8 times for the Shrews in all competitions which include 23 starts and one appearance off the substitute bench, unusually for a striker Morgan has picked up more yellow cards in the league than he has scored goals.
At present Shrewsburywill not mind that Morgan is not firing on all cylinders as the club are sitting 4th in the table just one point off an automatic promotion spot and are unbeaten since October 15th and would expect to continue that tomorrow againstAldershot.
Although Aldershot are not doing as well in the League as some of the clubs fans players and staff would of hoped they don’t appear to be missing Morgan due to the form of Aldershot academy graduate Danny Hylton.
Hylton won the League Two player of the month award for October and has hit 11 goals in all competitions for the side currently lying in 16th in the League Two table.
At 22 years old Hylton has really come of age this season and his more mature performances have resulted in him hitting the back of the net more often than in any other spell in his career.
Of course Morgan and Hylton did play together and do know each other well but there is no rivalry between the two as they remain friends off the pitch, if Twitter is anything to go by Hylton is one of the only attachments Morgan still has with Aldershot Town.
During the FA Cup 1st round ties Morgan tweeted all the clubs he wished well, Aldershot were not included one fan picked up on this and asked Morgan if he had any well wishes for the club that gave him his big football league break his reply was quite simply “Good luck Danny Hylton”.
The above quote shows Morgan has no feelings for his former employers and the feeling is mutual from the majority ofAldershotTownfans, with club message boards, forums and once again Twitter being filled with anti Morgan messages.
It is fair to say Morgan will receive a hostile reception tomorrow but the fans should be careful, a barrel of abuse aimed at one player can often spur a player on and Morgan has openly admitted he will have no qualms celebrating in front of the home fans should he find the back of the net.
What are your thoughts? Is the treatment Morgan is likely to receive justified? Do you have any opinions of Morgan? Will Hylton out shine Morgan on Saturday? Despite Hyltons goals do you still feel Morgan has been missed? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts
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