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Harry Gregg a real-life hero as well as a football legend

Munich air crash survivor Harry Gregg with a picture of the Manchester United side before they got on the flight in 1958
Munich air crash survivor Harry Gregg with a picture of the Manchester United side before they got on the flight in 1958

Editor's Viewpoint

In his trademark blunt manner, Harry Gregg makes it clear that he does not want his life defined by his heroics in the wake of the Munich air disaster in which 23 people, including the cream of an emerging Manchester United football team, perished.

Yet the fact that the disaster is still remembered 60 years later demonstrates the impact it made on the public mind.

Harry's rescue of a baby and two of his team-mates on that day was remarkable. He was also an outstanding footballer, being later that same year hailed as the world's greatest goalkeeper for his displays for Northern Ireland at the World Cup in Sweden.

He is a modest man, but has nothing to be modest about.

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