Greenock Morton Football Club has learned of the death of former defender Dennis Laughton, who joined up at Cappielow, as a 19-year old, from (then) Highland League side Ross County in September 1967. He went on to make just over 100 appearances for the Club, scoring 5 goals. He was 72.

Dingwall-born Dennis was one of a small group of Highlanders who played for Morton in the early 1970s, others including striker Donnie Gillies and winger Neil Murray. He was a tall and athletic centre back who could also play in midfield.

After seven years with Morton, Dennis was transferred to Newcastle United on 1st October 1973, immediately following the second leg of a Texaco Cup tie at St James Park. He had scored Morton’s goal in the first leg at Cappielow, but an unfortunate own goal in extra time of the return fixture sent the Magpies through. The £20,000 move to Tyneside also saw Newcastle midfielder Alex Reid heading to Cappielow.

Dennis was to experience Texaco Cup success the following season as Newcastle defeated Southampton to lift the trophy in December 1974, but that was to be his final game for the Toon, as a serious injury ended his career in 1975. He subsequently ran a hotel in Whitley Bay.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time.