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Harry Gregg

Harry Gregg

Harry Gregg

Bobby Charlton and Alex Ferguson have led the tributes to former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Harry Gregg, who has died at the age of 87.

Gregg was hailed as a hero of the Munich air disaster on February 6, 1958, in which 23 people were killed. He was a survivor and twice returned to the burning fuselage to drag team-mates and strangers to safety.

He rescued United team-mates Charlton and Dennis Viollet from BEA Flight 609, as well as a 20-month-old baby and her badly injured, pregnant mother.

In nine years at United, Gregg played 247 times, including, incredibly, a 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday just 13 days after the Munich tragedy.

Charlton said in a statement on United's website: "Norma and I are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Harry Gregg.

"I was proud to call him a team-mate. For all the matter of fact things Harry said about that night in Munich, for me, he will always be remembered as a heroic figure. It's incredible to think that he went on to play in a match against Sheffield Wednesday just 13 days after that tragic night.

"A shining light both on and off the pitch. For so many reasons, he deserves to be remembered as one of the greatest names in Manchester United's history. Harry will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with Carolyn and his family at this very sad time."

Ferguson, who took his United team to play in Gregg's testimonial in Belfast in 2012, said: "I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Harry Gregg.

"Harry was a man of great character and a true legend at our club. I remember that he was always very excited and proud to host our youth team at his boarding house for the Milk Cup every summer.

"I loved his company and the many pieces of advice he gave me. My thoughts and prayers are with Carolyn and his family."


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