James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

More Corinthians tours

1910 saw the first Corinthian tour to Brazil; Oxford University had toured Brazil so this might not have been Morgan’s first visit. He left Southampton bound for Rio de Janeiro aboard the Amazon on 5 August and the Atlantic crossing took two and a half weeks. This all-conquering tour, which included a victory over a select Brazilian team, inspired the formation of the great Sao Paula club Corinthians Paulista, more often simply called "Corinthians", winner of FIFA's inaugural World Club Championship in 1999 and provider of many players for the national team. In 1911 the summer tour to Canada and America – he left Liverpool for Canada aboard the Victorian on 4 August that year - resulted in nineteen wins, a draw and a loss, the loss occurring when three of their best players, including Morgan, were being rested. Easter tours to Spain and Prague followed and in the latter the Corinthians lost their unbeaten Continental record.

Morgan went on another tour to Brazil in 1913; on 1 August he sailed from Southampton on the Alcala bound for Rio de Janeiro. I suspect this was his last tour, as that to Brazil the following year was abandoned on the outbreak of war. It proved to be one of his most adventurous; proceedings were enlivened by a wedding, a birth, two deaths (one a suicide) and the escapades of a cook who suddenly went mad. The only defeat came in the first game just two days after they arrived.

During his tours to Brazil it is highly likely that Morgan met up with his brother, Gurth, who was teaching in Buenos Aires, though possibly not as early as 1910.