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Give Harry Gregg a knighthood: online petition calling for recognition for Northern Ireland hero gathers pace

An online petition calling for a knighthood to be bestowed on Harry Gregg is gathering pace.

Gregg, a former goalkeeper for Manchester United and Northern Ireland, is commonly hailed a hero for rescuing team-mates, including Sir Bobby Charlton, from the wreckage of the Munich Air Disaster.

The 60th anniversary of the crash was commemorated in Manchester on February 6 and it was in the aftermath of that landmark that Jason Peters launched the change.org campaign. It is gathering pace, having picked up over 500 signatures in the last day. The total now sits at over 4,500 signatures.

Jason cites not only Harry Gregg's heroics in the Munich Air Disaster, but also the work of the Harry Gregg Foundation, which aims to encourage youth engagement in football.

In the lead-up to last month's anniversary, Gregg gave an emotional interview to BBC Sport, in which he played down his tag as a hero.

"Professor Maurer (head of Munich hospital) and his staff saved a lot of lives," he said, remembering the disaster. "I know what I did. I know who I saw. I remember the baby. I remember that poor fella. Jesus Christ - what a way to die.

"I know what happened. I know when I found Bob, I know when I found all the rest of them. I know what I did and I would say to you now I am not playing a nice fellow. God forbid if it happened again I might be the first one to run away. You and I don't know how we're going to react from one day to another."

You can sign the petition by clicking here.

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