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Johnny Berry

Manchester United FC

4 appearances, 0 goals

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  Reginald John Berry
  NOT John James Berry. There is no John James Berry anywhere in any registration born in Aldershot.  His death registration in September 1994 confirms that the Berry born on 1 June 1926 was in fact, Reginald.
By way of confirmation... Johnny's footballing brother, Peter, born in Aldershot at the end of 1933, both his and Reginald's registration both confirm that their mother's maiden name is identical...'O'Connor'.
Birth 1 June 1926 in Aldershot, Hampshire [registered as Reginald J., in Farnham, Surrey].
Attended St Joseph's School, Aldershot
Marriage to Hilda D. Reeves [registered in Aldershot, December 1948]
  According to passenger lists, John Berry left Southampton for New York on the Queen Elizabeth, a Cunard White Star ship, on 30 April 1952. Amongst the 1196 was the entire Manchester United FC squad.
Death 16 September 1994 in Farnham, Surrey, aged 68 years 107 days [registered as Reginald J., in Surrey SW, September 1994]. Following a short illness.


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Club Career

Club(s) Played schoolboy football in Aldershot, and also played with Aldershot YMCA. He played football in the army, where he was spotted by Birmingham City FC and signed for them in December 1944. After 104 league appearances and six goals, his talents were noted by Matt Busby who paid £25,000 for him to take him to Manchester United FC in August 1951, becoming a Busby Babe. Like many of his teammates, he was involved in the Munich Air disaster, but unlike many of his teammates, Berry survived, but never played football again. He had made 247 league appearances, scoring 37 goals.
  His injuries in 1958 meant that he was never able to pursue his career in football again. He took a job with Massey Ferguson in Trafford Park but in 1960, United asked him to vacate their club house in Davyhulme to accommodate the signing of Maurice Setters. It was a sad state of affairs and one that made the Berry family understandably, very bitter. The family moved back to his home town of Aldershot. - Rednews.co.uk
Club honours Football League Champions 1951-52, 1955-56, 1956-57; FA Cup runners-up 1956-57
Individual honours Football League (one appearance)
Distinctions Survived the Munich Air Disaster, although it ended his football career.
Brother of Peter Berry (Crystal Palace FC and Ipswich Town FC 1952-61)
Height/Weight 5' 5½", 9st. 9lbs [1951].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of two who became 719th players (720) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-left/right
First match No. 277, 17 May 1953, Argentina 0 England 0, an end-of-season tour match at Estadio Monumental, Nuñez, Buenos Aires - abandoned after 36 minutes, aged 26 years 350 days.
Last match No. 304, 16 May 1956, Sweden 0 England 0, an end-of-season tour match at Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna, aged 29 years 350 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours England B (one appearance, 1952)
Distinctions The twelfth Hampshirian to represent England.
Died twelve days after Frank Broome and thirteen days after Billy Wright.

On 6th February 1958 the airliner carrying players and backroom staff of Manchester United, plus a number of journalists and supporters, crashed in a blizzard on its third attempt to take off from Munich airport. United were returning from Belgrade where they had just beaten Red Star Belgrade in the European Cup and had stopped off at Munich for re-fuelling. Twenty-three of the forty-four passengers on board the aircraft lost their lives. - Munich Remembered and Never Forgotten - Munich58.co.uk

Beyond England

 After leaving school, he had been a projectionist in an Aldershot cinema. And spotted playing football during the war. After his career was curtailed, upon moving back to Aldershot, Johnny opened a sports shop 'Berry's' with his brother Peter in Cove, where he remained for twenty years. He then went onto work as a storeman in a television retail warehouse. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.32./Rednews.co.uk

The Numbers
parties Appearances unused minutes captain
3 4 five 306 0 none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
4 1 2 1 3 3 =0 2 2 0.667 0.667 50 =0
all matches were at an away venue, all friendly matches, and all in a white shirt

Match History
Age 25 B  
one appearance - Netherlands March 1952
 Club: Manchester United F.C. - four full appearances (360 min) manager: Walter Winterbottom - four full appearances (360 min)x

apps match pic match details comp res. rundown shirt

Age 26
276 18 April 1953 - England 2 Scotland 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HD reserve

one appearance - Buenos Aires XI 14 May 1953
1 277 17 May 1953 - Argentina 0 England 0
Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires abandoned after 36 minutes
tour AabD      ³⁶ 11

one of two who became the 719th player (720) to appear for England.
one of two players who became the twelfth Manchester United player to represent England

2 278 24 May 1953 - Chile 1 England 2
Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago
  AW   11
3 279 31 May 1953 - Uruguay 2 England 1
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
AL   11
280 8 June 1953 - United States 3 England 6, Yankee Stadium, New York AW unused sub

Age 29
303 9 May 1956 - England 4 Brazil 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW unused sub
4 304 16 May 1956 - Sweden 0 England 0
Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna

AD   7
305 20 May 1956 - Finland 1 England 5, Olympiastadion, Helsinki AW unused sub
306 26 May 1956 - West Germany 1 England 3, Olympiastadion, Berlin AW