Kenny Morgans

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Kenny Morgans
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Godfrey Morgans
Date of birth (1939-03-16)16 March 1939
Place of birth Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales
Date of death 18 November 2012(2012-11-18) (aged 73)
Playing position Outside right
Youth career
Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1961 Manchester United 17 (0)
1961–1964 Swansea Town 54 (8)
1964–1967 Newport County 125 (44)
1967–1968 Barry Town 24 (4)
1968–? Cwmbran Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kenneth Godfrey Morgans (16 March 1939 – 18 November 2012) was a Welsh footballer. Born in Swansea, he signed for Manchester United on leaving school in the summer of 1955 and played on the youth team's outside-right position. He turned professional in 1956 but continued to play for the youth team until the following year, and was captain of the FA Youth Cup winning team in 1957.

He made his first team debut on 21 December 1957, aged 18, against Leicester City in a league match at Old Trafford, and was soon the club's first-choice outside-right, at the expense of the older and more experienced Johnny Berry.[1]

He suffered minor injuries in the Munich air disaster on 6 February 1958, when still only 18 years old. He was the youngest player involved in the crash and the last survivor to be rescued from the mangled wreckage of the BEA Elizabethan airliner after he was found unconscious amongst the debris by two journalists five hours after the official search was called off. He had played in the last match before the disaster, the European Cup quarter-final second leg against Red Star Belgrade, and had so far made 10 senior appearances for United.[2]

Although he made a full recovery following the crash and was back in the side before the end of the season, playing a further nine games, he showed little of his previous form on the pitch, and made just four appearances for the first team over the next three seasons.

He finally left United in 1961, having made 23 first-team appearances without scoring a goal, and signed for Swansea Town in a £3,000 deal. He then played for Newport County, where he played his last Football League game in 1967 at the age of 28. He then played for Barry Town and his final role in football was as player-manager of Cwmbran Town in the Welsh League.[3]

After leaving Manchester United in 1961, he had returned to his native South Wales, where he lived until the end of his life. In 1972 he was appointed as manager of Welsh Football League side Blaenavon Blues where he managed them for a season.[4]

After leaving football, he worked as a pub landlord for 10 years and finished his working life as a ship's chandler. During the early years of the 21st century, he contributed to a number of media projects, including television documentaries, centred on the Busby Babes and the Munich Air Disaster.[5]

Morgans was taken ill at his home in Swansea on 17 November 2012 and admitted to hospital. He died the next morning at the age of 73.[6]


  1. ^ "Kenny Morgans". United Front. 21 December 1957. Archived from the original on 5 September 2004. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  2. ^ Five hours after the crash they found me caught under a wheel, says Munich survivor Morgans
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  5. ^ "Munich remembered: 'I missed them so much, I just didn't care any more' | Mail Online". London: 5 February 2008. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Kenny Morgans passes away". 18 November 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012.