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Book of condolence opens at The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Book of condolence opens at The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Dungannon Swifts manager Kris Lindsay signs the book. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Dungannon Swifts manager Kris Lindsay signs the book. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Linfield manager David Healy signs the book. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Linfield manager David Healy signs the book. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

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Jim Magilton signs a book of condolence for Former N Ireland and Man Utd star Harry Gregg at The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park on Tuesday. 
Gregg made 25 appearances for Northern Ireland between 1954 and 1963.

He bravely rescued team-mates and other passengers following the February 1958 plane crash in which 23 people were killed as Manchester United travelled back from a European Cup tie in Belgrade.

When he joined United in December 1957 for £23,500, Gregg was the world's most expensive goalkeeper and was voted the best at the following year's World Cup.
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Pacemaker Press 18/02/2020 Jim Magilton signs a book of condolence for Former N Ireland and Man Utd star Harry Gregg at The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park on Tuesday. Gregg made 25 appearances for Northern Ireland between 1954 and 1963. He bravely rescued team-mates and other passengers following the February 1958 plane crash in which 23 people were killed as Manchester United travelled back from a European Cup tie in Belgrade. When he joined United in December 1957 for £23,500, Gregg was the world's most expensive goalkeeper and was voted the best at the following year's World Cup. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Fans  sign a book of condolence for Former N Ireland and Man Utd star Harry Gregg. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Fans sign a book of condolence for Former N Ireland and Man Utd star Harry Gregg. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Book of condolence opens at The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

A book of condolence has opened in Belfast following the death of former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Harry Gregg.

Mr Gregg was a hero of the 1958 Munich air disaster and died on Sunday at the age of 87.

His funeral will be held in St Patrick's Parish Church in Coleraine on Friday, followed by interment in Coleraine Cemetery .

The Irish FA opened a book of condolences at the National Stadium at Windsor Park, where chief executive Patrick Nelson was one of the first to sign the book, along with Dungannon Swifts manager Kris Lindsay and Linfield boss David Healy.

Announcing his death on Monday morning, the Harry Gregg Foundation said he passed away peacefully in hospital surrounded by his loving famiIy.

He was hailed as "an extraordinarily ordinary man" and "a heroic figure" following his death — despite always being ill at ease with the title ‘hero’.

In the Munich air disaster, Mr Gregg and his Manchester United teammates were travelling from Belgrade when their plane crashed.

Mr Gregg became known as 'the hero of Munich' for rescuing a number of survivors including a young baby as well as Bobby Charlton and Jackie Blanchflower from the wreckage.

He was awarded the OBE for his services to football in 2019.

As a tribute to Mr Gregg Manchester United's players wore black armbands during their Premier League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening.

Before the game United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer paid tribute to the late club legend.

"He was outspoken, he had opinions about football and he'll be sadly missed by everyone at the club," Solskjaer said.

"He was a heroic figure, not just a goalkeeper but he saved people's lives. He will never be forgotten at the club."

His funeral notice said he was the "dearly loved husband of Carolyn, much-loved father of Linda, Julie, Jane, Suzanne, John-Henry and the late Karen and a dear father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather".

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Harry Gregg

Harry Gregg

Harry Gregg was described as a ‘most reluctant hero’ by Sir Alex Ferguson (PA)

Harry Gregg was described as a ‘most reluctant hero’ by Sir Alex Ferguson (PA)

<b>37 Harry's game.. the last one (v Scotland 12/10/1963)
Harry Gregg will forever be regarded as one of the greatest players Northern Ireland has ever had. He was an inspirational goalkeeper for the great Peter Doherty's outstanding side that reached the World Cup finals in 1958 and was seen as a true Windsor Park hero. It was fitting then that his last international appearance at the ground ended in a victory. Taking on Scotland in the British Championship, Gregg, winning his 24th cap out of 25, made vital saves as Northern Ireland won 2-1.

<b>37 Harry's game.. the last one (v Scotland 12/10/1963) Harry Gregg will forever be regarded as one of the greatest players Northern Ireland has ever had. He was an inspirational goalkeeper for the great Peter Doherty's outstanding side that reached the World Cup finals in 1958 and was seen as a true Windsor Park hero. It was fitting then that his last international appearance at the ground ended in a victory. Taking on Scotland in the British Championship, Gregg, winning his 24th cap out of 25, made vital saves as Northern Ireland won 2-1.

Northern Ireland and Manchester United goalkeeper, Harry Gregg, dives to save the ball during the international soccer match between Northern Ireland and Scotland at Windsor Park, Belfast, in this Oct. 3, 1959 file photo. Gregg was a reliable goalkeeper who played in 48 shutouts for Manchester United. When he climbed into the wreckage of a smashed up plane at Munich airport 50 years ago, Gregg was saving lives instead of shots.

Northern Ireland and Manchester United goalkeeper, Harry Gregg, dives to save the ball during the international soccer match between Northern Ireland and Scotland at Windsor Park, Belfast, in this Oct. 3, 1959 file photo. Gregg was a reliable goalkeeper who played in 48 shutouts for Manchester United. When he climbed into the wreckage of a smashed up plane at Munich airport 50 years ago, Gregg was saving lives instead of shots.

Football:Northern Ireland 1957. Alf McMichael (second left back row) was a member of the Northern Ireland team which lost 1-0 to Italy in a World Cup tie at the Olympic Stadium, Rome in April 1957. FRONT: (from left) Jimmy McIlroy, Bertie Peacock, Eddie mcMorran, Danny Blanchflower, Billy Bingham, Wilbur Cush. BACK: Billy Simpson, Alfie McMichael, Harry Gregg, Willie Cunningham and Tommy Casey.

Football:Northern Ireland 1957. Alf McMichael (second left back row) was a member of the Northern Ireland team which lost 1-0 to Italy in a World Cup tie at the Olympic Stadium, Rome in April 1957. FRONT: (from left) Jimmy McIlroy, Bertie Peacock, Eddie mcMorran, Danny Blanchflower, Billy Bingham, Wilbur Cush. BACK: Billy Simpson, Alfie McMichael, Harry Gregg, Willie Cunningham and Tommy Casey.

Pic Shows: Photographs of the Manchester Utd Team playing Red Star Belgrade before the Munich Air Crash in which many of the Manchester United team died. Pic (C) Stuart Clarke.

Pic Shows: Photographs of the Manchester Utd Team playing Red Star Belgrade before the Munich Air Crash in which many of the Manchester United team died. Pic (C) Stuart Clarke.

William (Willie) Cunningham:Football/Northern Ireland, entering the stadium followed by Harry Gregg

William (Willie) Cunningham:Football/Northern Ireland, entering the stadium followed by Harry Gregg

Harry is interviewed after the crash

Harry is interviewed after the crash

The Munich air disaster

The Munich air disaster

FOOTBALL TEAMS: MANCHESTER UNITED: MUNICH AIR DISASTER.

FOOTBALL TEAMS: MANCHESTER UNITED: MUNICH AIR DISASTER.

Pic Shows: Verena and Vesna Lukic who were pulled from the wreckage of the Munich aircrash in 1958 by Harry Gregg the Man Utd Goalkeeper. Many of the Busby Babes were killed. (Collect of  Verena recovering in Clinic in Munich after Crash)Pic: Stuart Clarke.

Pic Shows: Verena and Vesna Lukic who were pulled from the wreckage of the Munich aircrash in 1958 by Harry Gregg the Man Utd Goalkeeper. Many of the Busby Babes were killed. (Collect of Verena recovering in Clinic in Munich after Crash)Pic: Stuart Clarke.

Harry Gregg

Harry Gregg

Pic Shows: Harry Gregg meeting the Lukic family at thier flat in Belgrade, Mother Vera, daughter Vesna and son Zoran, 50 years after the air crash in which many of the Manchester United team died. Pic (C) Stuart Clarke.

Pic Shows: Harry Gregg meeting the Lukic family at thier flat in Belgrade, Mother Vera, daughter Vesna and son Zoran, 50 years after the air crash in which many of the Manchester United team died. Pic (C) Stuart Clarke.

Harry Gregg outside the old terminal building. (runway)

Harry Gregg outside the old terminal building. (runway)

Handout photo supplied by Manchester United via Getty Images of Harry Gregg during the memorial service to mark the 50th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster at Old Trafford in Manchester. Pic: John Peters/Manchester United/PA Wire

Handout photo supplied by Manchester United via Getty Images of Harry Gregg during the memorial service to mark the 50th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster at Old Trafford in Manchester. Pic: John Peters/Manchester United/PA Wire

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Harry Gregg with a local farmer who was one of the first people on the
scene of the crash

Harry Gregg with a local farmer who was one of the first people on the scene of the crash

Harry Gregg the former Manchester Utd Goalkeeper sitting in the stands of Red Star Belgrade 50 years after the air crash in which many of the Manchester United team died. Pic (C) Stuart Clarke.

Harry Gregg the former Manchester Utd Goalkeeper sitting in the stands of Red Star Belgrade 50 years after the air crash in which many of the Manchester United team died. Pic (C) Stuart Clarke.

Attending the launch of the Northern Ireland Boys Football Association and Belfast City Council  Mallusk Football Festival were Harry Gregg and Bertie Peacock who helped make the draw for opposing teams in the opening rounds. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 26/8/03.

Attending the launch of the Northern Ireland Boys Football Association and Belfast City Council Mallusk Football Festival were Harry Gregg and Bertie Peacock who helped make the draw for opposing teams in the opening rounds. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 26/8/03.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th January 2009 -   Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Magners.
Alan Simpson from BBC and Harry Gregg.
Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th January 2009 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Magners. Alan Simpson from BBC and Harry Gregg. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th January 2009 -   Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Magners.
11. Belfast Telegraph Hall of Fame 
Winner : Harry Gregg pictured with Sporting celebrity: Pat Jennings to present the award
Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th January 2009 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Magners. 11. Belfast Telegraph Hall of Fame Winner : Harry Gregg pictured with Sporting celebrity: Pat Jennings to present the award Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. ///MUST USE /// MUST USE///

Northern Ireland and Manchester United legend Harry Gregg

Northern Ireland and Manchester United legend Harry Gregg

Harry Gregg has died aged 87 (David Young/PA)

Harry Gregg has died aged 87 (David Young/PA)

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The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park Opening Game and Ceremony

Northern Ireland vs San Marino 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier

Golfer Rory McIlroy shares a joke with NI Football legend Harry Gregg pictured at the National Football Stadium

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th October 2016 - The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park Opening Game and Ceremony Northern Ireland vs San Marino 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Golfer Rory McIlroy shares a joke with NI Football legend Harry Gregg pictured at the National Football Stadium Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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Rory Mcliroy meets with Harry Gregg at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory Mcliroy meets with Harry Gregg at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

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Supercup NI match between Celtic u19&#039;s and Manchester United u19&#039;s at Coleraine Showgrounds.
 Manchester United legend Phil Neville pictured at tonights game presenting Harry Gregg
Mandatory Credit: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye

Saturday 21st July 2018 Supercup NI match between Celtic u19's and Manchester United u19's at Coleraine Showgrounds. Manchester United legend Phil Neville pictured at tonights game presenting Harry Gregg Mandatory Credit: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye

Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th October 2016 -Picture by Brian Little/PressEye 
Goal keeping Legends Harry Gregg and Pat Jennings attending The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park Opening Game and Ceremony before Northern Ireland vs San Marino 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
Photo by Brian Little/ Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th October 2016 -Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Goal keeping Legends Harry Gregg and Pat Jennings attending The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park Opening Game and Ceremony before Northern Ireland vs San Marino 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Photo by Brian Little/ Press Eye

Presseye Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye

Harry Gregg Testimonial - Irish League XI v Manchester United

Manchester United legend Harry Gregg  shakes hands with Jonny Evans before his emotional Testimonial at Windsor Park.

Presseye Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye Harry Gregg Testimonial - Irish League XI v Manchester United Manchester United legend Harry Gregg shakes hands with Jonny Evans before his emotional Testimonial at Windsor Park.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th January 2009 -   Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Magners.
Former soccer stars Harry Gregg and Pat Jennings with the BBC&#039;s Alan Simpson.
Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th January 2009 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Magners. Former soccer stars Harry Gregg and Pat Jennings with the BBC's Alan Simpson. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Presseye Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye

Harry Gregg Testimonial - Irish League XI v Manchester United

Manchester United legend Harry Gregg  before his emotional Testimonial at Windsor Park.

Presseye Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye Harry Gregg Testimonial - Irish League XI v Manchester United Manchester United legend Harry Gregg before his emotional Testimonial at Windsor Park.

©William Cherry/Presseye

Harry Gregg, who picked up the Hall of Fame Award with fellow legendary goalkeeper Pat Jennings last night

Harry Gregg, who picked up the Hall of Fame Award with fellow legendary goalkeeper Pat Jennings last night

Jackie Fullerton interviews Harry Gregg and Pat Jennings at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Magners in the Ramada, Belfast

Jackie Fullerton interviews Harry Gregg and Pat Jennings at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Magners in the Ramada, Belfast

Sir Alex Ferguson and Harry Gregg share a joke at the Windsor Park testimonial game last year

Sir Alex Ferguson and Harry Gregg share a joke at the Windsor Park testimonial game last year

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Legend: Harry Gregg

Legend: Harry Gregg

Derek Simpson: www.sportfile.co.

Survivor and hero: Manchester United legend Harry Gregg

Survivor and hero: Manchester United legend Harry Gregg

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 7th October 2016

Northern Ireland v San Marino at the National Stadium, Belfast.

 Northern Ireland football stars Pat Jennings and Harry Gregg help Jay and Ellie cut the ribbon to official open the new stadium for the fans.

Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 7th October 2016 Northern Ireland v San Marino at the National Stadium, Belfast. Northern Ireland football stars Pat Jennings and Harry Gregg help Jay and Ellie cut the ribbon to official open the new stadium for the fans. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Harry Gregg meets World champion boxer Carl Frampton at the opening of Windsor Park

Harry Gregg meets World champion boxer Carl Frampton at the opening of Windsor Park

Beaming: Harry Gregg

Beaming: Harry Gregg

Harry Gregg has been awarded an OBE (Paul Faith/PA)

Harry Gregg has been awarded an OBE (Paul Faith/PA)

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Harry Gregg, who survived the Manchester United Munich air disaster, has died aged 87 (Paul Faith/PA)

Harry Gregg, who survived the Manchester United Munich air disaster, has died aged 87 (Paul Faith/PA)

Harry Gregg

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