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Manchester United bringing exhibition to Northern Ireland in aid of Harry Gregg Foundation

Golden memories: Manchester United legend Harry Gregg is handed a framed photograph of the Busby
Babes by former Old Trafford ace Phil Neville at the SuperCupNI last year
Golden memories: Manchester United legend Harry Gregg is handed a framed photograph of the Busby Babes by former Old Trafford ace Phil Neville at the SuperCupNI last year

By Steven Beacom

Manchester United's Museum will bring a special exhibition to Northern Ireland next month to support the Harry Gregg Foundation.

Renowned for his goalkeeping heroics for Manchester United and Northern Ireland, the legendary Gregg is passionate about the work his Foundation does to help young people and is delighted that the Old Trafford giants are coming to his homeland to aid those efforts.

On November 15 in the Diamond Hall at the Ulster University, Coleraine, there will be a daytime public exhibition showcasing pieces from the Manchester United Museum. The exhibit will also contain artefacts and regalia from private collections, with many of the items never having been exhibited publicly before.

For many years there has been an unbreakable connection between the Red Devils and Northern Ireland. United fans are sure to love it but organisers are keen to stress the exhibition is for anyone with an interest in football, such will be the varied and fascinating items on display.

That evening there will be a question and answer session with former United players including ex-Northern Ireland boss Sammy McIlroy. It is understood the man himself, Harry Gregg, plans to be in attendance. Tickets can be purchased for the event which will be hosted by the Foundation's Patron and BBC presenter Stephen Watson.

Manchester United Museum manager Damian Preston said: "The Museum is delighted to support the Harry Gregg Foundation as it represents similar values in terms of its commitment to educate and promote football.

"Harry has played a significant role in our club's rich history and the fact that there is a foundation set up in his name to encourage participation in football and associated health, lifestyle, educational, heritage and social inclusion activities, within the youth and wider community, exemplifies his character. This is why the museum is pleased to support this event."

Foundation chairman Andy Alcorn said: "It is testament to Harry's character and standing that so many are contributing to the event. From the Manchester United Museum pieces, the players' personally prized possessions and all the private collectors' artefacts and regalia, we have secured quite a unique exhibition which coincides nicely with Northern Ireland's international match with the Netherlands the following day.

"Many of the items being loaned to the exhibition will whet the appetite of football purists of all allegiances, however the special connection between Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national team cannot be under-emphasised.

"We as a Foundation are delighted to capture and enable supporters to recollect or witness some of the memories and stories behind the events.

"Sammy McIlroy, who was the last of the Busby Babes, will be in the company of Harry, and other players who have been blessed in wearing both the red and green of club and country will complete what promises to be a unique and memorable occasion."

The afternoon public exhibition is open from 2pm to 5pm with an admission fee of £5 per person. Primary school children will have free entry when accompanied by an adult.

The evening event commences with the exhibition opening at 6.30pm, followed at 7.45pm by the Q and A event.

Evening entry is by ticket only. They are £25 each and can be purchased online at https://unique-evening-of-football-nostalgia.eventbrite.com

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