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Johnny Morris (footballer)

Personal information
Full nameJohn Morris
Date of birth27 September 1923
Place of birthRadcliffe, England
Date of death6 April 2011(age 87)
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing positionInside forward

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John "Johnny" Morris (27 September 1923 - 6 April 2011) was an English former footballer who played as an inside forward in the Football League for Manchester United, Derby County and Leicester City.

Morris was born in Radcliffe, Lancashire. He started his career as a trainee with Manchester United in 1939, and turned professional in 1941. He guested for clubs including Bolton Wanderers, Charlton Athletic, Wrexham, and Everton during the Second World War, and made his debut for Manchester United on 26 October 1946 in a 3 0 home win against Sunderland in the First Division. He helped the club win the 1948 FA Cup, then, after scoring 35 goals from 93 appearances in all competitions, he was transferred to Derby County in March 1949 for a fee of £24,000. After three seasons at Derby, he finished his League career with Leicester City, where he made more than 200 appearances, and then became player-manager of non-league club Corby Town.

Morris was capped three times for England. He scored on his debut, on 18 May 1949 in a 4 1 win against Norway, and scored twice in his second game four days later against France.

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