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Johnny Berry

Personal information
Full nameReginald John Berry
Date of birth1 June 1926
Place of birthAldershot, England
Date of death16 September 1994(age 68)
Place of deathFarnham, England
Height5 ft 5 in
Playing positionOutside right

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Reginald John "Johnny" Berry (1 June 1926 16 September 1994) was an English football player. Berry joined Manchester United from Birmingham City in 1951. He was a natural right winger, with technique and pace as his strengths. He played 277 matches for Manchester United, scoring 44 goals along the way, including helping Manchester United win three league championships. He played regularly for the first six seasons, before losing his place in the starting XI to youngster Ken Morgans. Injuries sustained in the Munich air disaster brought his footballing career to an end, at age 31.

When he woke up he was totally unaware of the plane crash, his injuries having caused a light form of amnesia. One month after he regained consciousness, he found out about the crash from seeing a newspaper. He spent two months in hospital with a fractured skull, a broken jaw, a broken elbow, a broken pelvis, and a broken leg. All of his teeth had to be removed while treating his jaw injuries. He never played football again.

He later ran a sports business with his brother Peter, in Farnborough, Hampshire.

Johnny Berry died in September 1994, aged 68, after a short illness. He was the first surviving player of the Munich Air Disaster to have died.

His son Neil was formerly the head teacher of Brampton Manor School, and he published a book in 2007 describing his father's years at Manchester United.

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