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Born : 25 Oct 1932
Signed : 01 Dec 1957
Debut : 21/12/1957 v Leicester (H) League
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Appearances total : 247
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A survivor of the Munich air crash in February 1958, Gregg was one of the disaster’s great heroes.

Having escaped with just a bloody nose, he went back into the wreckage to pull out those who were trapped. He rescued a 20-month-old child, a pregnant woman and attempted to revive Matt Busby.

It wasn't out of character. A real tough nut, Gregg was as vocal, commanding and abrasive as Peter Schmeichel would become three decades later. His bold personality and powerful physique had persuaded Busby to fork out £23,000 – then a world record fee for a goalkeeper – just three months before the crash.

After the disaster, Gregg was a part of the patchwork team built by Jimmy Murphy who reached the FA Cup final three months later. United were heroic in defeat, yet that losers’ medal would be the only decoration of Gregg’s time at Old Trafford.
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United to play Gregg testimonial



Manchester United have agreed to send a team to play against an Irish League XI for Harry Gregg's testimonial in May.

Gregg survived the Munich Air Disaster in 1958 and won widespread praise for his bravery after staying with the burning plane to help passengers to safety.

Now 79, the former Northern Ireland international had a 10-year stint with the Red Devils, making 247 appearances.

A £23,000 arrival from Doncaster in 1957, his only honour was an FA Cup runners-up medal in the emotional defeat to Bolton in 1958, just after the tragedy. Gregg missed the win over Leicester five years later due to injury.

Although there has been no official announcement, it is anticipated Gregg's game will take place at Windsor Park on May 15.
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Congratulations to United legend Harry Gregg on being awarded a well-deserved OBE

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Former Manchester United goalkeeper and 'Hero of Munich' air disaster Harry Gregg dies, aged 87

* Former Manchester United goalkeeper Harry Gregg has died at the age of 87
* He spent nine years at the club, and also won 25 caps for Northern Ireland
* He was dubbed the 'hero of Munich' for his bravery during 1958 air disaster
* Gregg pulled a young baby from the wreckage, as well as two United team-mates


Former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Harry Gregg has died at the age of 87.

Gregg was one of the survivors of the Munich air disaster in 1958 which claimed the lives of 23 people, and was heralded for his role in rescuing other passengers that day, including team-mates Sir Bobby Charlton, Dennis Viollet and Jackie Blanchflower.

He also helped Vera Lukic, the wife of a Yugoslavian diplomat who was pregnant at the time, and her two-year-old daughter.


Former Manchester United goalkeeper Harry Gregg has died at the age of 87

He had only moved to United two months previously, joining the club in December 1957 for £23,500 - what was then a world-record fee for a goalkeeper.

His death was announced by the Harry Gregg Foundation on Monday morning.

'It is with great sorrow that we inform of the death of Manchester United and Northern Ireland legend Harry Gregg, OBE,' it said in a statement posted on Facebook.

'Harry passed away peacefully in hospital surrounded by his loving family.'


The news was broken in a Facebook post by the harry Gregg Foundation on Monday morning

Manchester United icons such as Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville have been paying their respects on Twitter.

Ferdinand wrote: 'Huge part of the clubs history, never to be forgotten!'

Gregg started his career at Windsor Park Swifts while he was still an apprentice joiner, also playing for his local club Coleraine before moving to England at the age of 18 to join Doncaster Rovers. He moved to United five years later.

Despite his nine years at the club, Gregg never received a winners medal while at Old Trafford.

He played in the 1958 FA Cup final defeat by Bolton Wanderers and was forced to sit out of the 1963 triumph with a shoulder injury.

United also won the league during his time there, but he did not play enough matches during the 1964-65 First Division campaign to earn a winners medal. He was then sold during the 1966-67 season, when the Red Devils once again went on to win the title.


Gregg spent nine years at Old Trafford, where he made more than 200 appearances


Harry Gregg greets United players during his testimonial at Windsor Park in 2012

On the international stage, Gregg won 25 caps and was named the best goalkeeper at the 1958 World Cup, where he helped Northern Ireland reach the quarter-finals.

After hanging up his gloves Gregg went into management, taking up the top job at Shrewsbury Town where he spent four years.

He also had stints at Swansea City, Crewe and Stoke City.

In 2012, Gregg was handed a belated testimonial by United, in which a full-strength Manchester United side, led by Sir Alex Ferguson, took on an Irish League select side.

United paid tribute to the Munich air disaster survivors only two weeks ago on the 62nd anniversary of the incident.

On the 60th anniversary of the tragedy two years ago, Gregg spoke to Sportsmail.

'If I close my eyes, I can still recall every detail of what happened that day in Germany,' he said.


Gregg (second from left) poses with fellow survivors of the air disaster in Munich just 18 months after the incident

'My God, I wish I couldn’t. But I remember where everybody was sitting and what many of the boys said before we tried to take off in the snow for the third time.

'Over the years, I have had some troubles dealing with it. Survivor’s guilt is what they call it, I believe. For many years I really did struggle even to face the families of some of my team-mates who died.

'Why them? Why not me?'

Gregg's death means that Sir Bobby Charlton is the only player still alive who survived the crash.

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HARRY GREGG OBITUARY

Harry Gregg was happy to be remembered as many things - footballer, goalkeeper, Manchester United player, Northern Ireland international and grassroots champion among them - but was always ill at ease with the title 'hero'.

That he was deserving of the description brooks no argument, by any definition of the word. His actions during the Munich air disaster, twice returning to the burning fuselage to drag team-mates and strangers to safety, were the epitomy of bravery and selflessness.

Had a 25-year-old Gregg not been on the BEA Flight 609 on February 6, 1958, or not survived the ill-fated take-off, the shocking death toll of 23 would have been higher still.

It was Gregg who sought out and delivered to safety a 20-month old baby, Gregg who returned for her badly injured, pregnant mother and Gregg who dragged Bobby Charlton and Dennis Viollet from the wreckage by their waistbands, not knowing if they were dead or alive.

The courage of Gregg, who has died at the age of 87, has been formally hailed in Germany and in Serbia - home to the rescued Lukic family - not to mention at Old Trafford, back home in Ulster and in countless thousands of conversations with the man himself.

It has been recreated in film and retold via documentary, passed down through generations in the telling of one of football's darkest days.

But he never embraced or amplified his own valour, and wrote in his autobiography Harry's Game: "Munich established my identity, of that there is no doubt. (But) the notoriety has come at a price, for Munich has cast a shadow over my life which I found difficult to dispel."

Tragedy revisited three years later when his first wife Mavis died of cancer, and once more when daughter Karen was claimed by the disease in 2009.

Gregg had once been a devout Protestant, visiting churches on Sundays wherever football took him, including Catholic services if that was all he could find, and even consulted a minister when the question of representing Northern Ireland arose.

His faith eventually buckled, but he bore the burdens of his life stoically, and even though a stroke in 2013 ended his favourite beach-front jogs, he remained active in the community through his eponymous charitable foundation.

He was also left in no doubt about how revered his name remained during his latter years, a fact that left him unashamedly proud. When Northern Ireland's Windsor Park was officially reopened following development in 2016, he was afforded a warm on-pitch ovation by the fans as well as meeting boxing champion Carl Frampton and golfer Rory McIlroy, both of whom treated him as the true star in the room.

Gregg, who was awarded an OBE in the 2019 New Year Honours, leaves behind five children, including four with second wife Carolyn, and an unimpeachable legacy.

Gregg was born in Tobermore, South Derry, on October 25, 1932, the eldest of six children.

As a teenager he combined a carpentry apprenticeship with stints at Linfield's reserve team and Coleraine, a club so local he lived within a decent goal-kick of the Showgrounds stadium.

Football beat woodcraft with ease and by 18 he had been snapped up by Doncaster, where he enjoyed five good years before becoming the world's most expensive keeper when United, and Matt Busby, shelled out £23,000.

He spent nine years with the Red Devils and, although he never won a medal with the club, injury having ruled him out of the 1963 FA Cup final and restricted his appearances in two title-winning campaigns, an unforgettable career was forged. Not many people can say they had their boots cleaned by a young George Best.

Gregg remains a touchstone for United goalkeepers, a dominant leader between the posts and a revered shot stopper. In all he played 247 times for United, including, incredibly, a 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday just 13 days after the Munich tragedy.

Of those who had been on duty in Belgrade before the fatal crash, only Gregg and Bill Foulkes wore the jersey in that emotional fixture less than two weeks later.

He eventually left Old Trafford for the briefest of stopovers at Stoke and a underwhelming managerial career followed, with spells in charge of Shrewsbury, Swansea, Crewe and Carlisle.

That his United career ended without a testimonial was an anomaly of circumstance, finally righted in 2012 when Sir Alex Ferguson proudly brought a full-strength squad to Windsor Park to face an Irish League XI.

In his programme notes the Scot labelled Gregg "beyond legendary" and "a most reluctant hero". That word again.

He may have bridled at the terminology, but he earned it on a footballing level too, never more so than to Northern Irish football fans at the 1958 World Cup.

In other eras, Gregg might have been expected to take the summer for reflection and recuperation after the trauma of the previous months. Instead he lined up in his country's first ever World Cup and was later named the best keeper in the competition.

His stellar performance against West Germany, in particular, was a remarkable showing that left opposition striker Uwe Seeler likening Gregg to a "springing panther".

It is Seeler's description that Gregg would most readily have recognised: athlete, competitor, opponent. For the rest of the world he was that, but more, an incredible embodiment of human spirit in adversity. A hero.
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