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Mr Don Berry retires
Season 2009/10

Blues delight for head Don

  • 27 May 2010 13:37
  • Posted by Peter Ferguson</br>and Sharon Latham

Don Berry enjoyed a surprise send-off from Mike Summerbee and City mascot Moonchester when the Withington headmaster and lifelong Blue retired.

Don's pupils at St Paul's C of E primary school marked his career final whistle by releasing 100 blue and white balloons in the playground as Moonchester gave him a hug from the club.

And Club Ambassador Mike sent a special video message for his Blues-themed party as Don, head at St Paul's for 20 years, called time on a teaching career that has spanned 37 years.

He said: "This is a wonderful send-off. I've been a City fan since my father came back from watching City win the FA Cup at Wembley in 1956.

"I remember going to games with him when I was six. He made me a little blue stool so that I could stand in the Kippax at Maine Road and be able to watch the game."

Don's most memorable matches are the 5-1 1989 derby victory and the farewell game at Maine Road. Now, having retired, he hopes to add his first trip abroad in next season's Europa League.

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