THE search for a name for the South Stand at the County Ground has revived memories of a stocky centre forward who is recalled as Swindon Town's most remarkable and prolific goalscorer.

Harry Morris, signed by the club in June 1926 for the princely sum of £110, scored 228 times in 279 league and cup appearances for Swindon. He was top scorer for each of the seven seasons he spent with the club.

His speed was unusual for a man of his build. And only one of those goals was headed into the net.

Peter Cook of Vanbrugh Gate and Laurence Webb of Castle View Road, Chiseldon, are just two of the veteran supporters who would like to see Morris's name on the stand as a tribute to the great player.

Peter's aunt Edith - his father's sister - was married to Morris and Peter kept in touch with him until Harry's death from a heart attack in California in 1985.

Mr Webb, who is now 92, was about 16 when he first saw Morris play. He said: "I well remember standing on Stratton Bank and seeing him bang them in."

He scored a hat-trick against Southend on his first appearance with Swindon and two days later repeated the feat to give Town victory over Exeter City. From then on calls from the crowd of "Give it to Morris!" were a regular feature of Town games.

David Hyman "Harry" Morris was born into a Jewish family in London's East End in November 1897 and got himself noticed for the first time in 1921 while playing for a club named Vicar of Wakefield FC.

He signed for Brentford, transferred to Millwall in 1922 and finished that season as top scorer for both clubs.

In 1925 he moved to Swansea, and the following year transferred to Swindon, the side he came to love.

An injury prevented him from having a trial for England and in 1933 he was given a free transfer to Clapton Orient. He ended his career with Cheltenham Town.

Asked why had never gone to a Division I club, he said it was better to be a big fish in a small town than a small one in a bigger place Morris went to Gothenburg in Sweden as a coach just before the war and he, Edith and their son Jack were trapped there after the invasion of Norway in 1940.

He took up a job with the Consulate and helped escaped British prisoners to get back home The family emigrated to the US after the war and he and Edith, a secretary, worked in New York for the British Information Service. They retired to San Mateo in California and Edith died a year before Morris.