Belfast Telegraph

Sir Alex’s glowing tribute to Old Trafford legend and hero of Munich crash

By John Mulgrew

Alex Ferguson has said that Harry Gregg’s key role in making history with Manchester United Football Club should never be forgotten.

Touching down in Belfast ahead of Tuesday night’s match, the United boss praised the 79-year-old Tobermore-born former goalkeeper’s dedication and ability during his long stint with the club.

“Harry Gregg epitomises first of all the courage that he has shown in the Munich air disaster, but also his longevity as a goalkeeper of Manchester United,” he said.

“He’s part of the rich history of our club and we should never forget that. We should always pay homage to these players who play such a part in creating our history, and he’s one of them.”

In a career spanning almost a decade with Manchester United, Ulsterman Harry played for the club more than 200 times. Gregg was also a survivor of the Munich air disaster in which 23 people, including seven Manchester United players, lost their lives.

Escaping with just a bloody nose, he went back into the wreckage to pull out those who were trapped, rescuing both a young child and a pregnant woman.

Gregg was also a Northern Ireland international and was voted best goalkeeper at the 1958 World Cup.

He remained United’s first-choice goalminder for four years.

Ahead of Tuesday night’s testimonial match at Windsor Park in his honour, he said that the event was a “wonderful compliment”.

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