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Northern Ireland's great achievements deserve a sports museum of their own as Harry Gregg's collection proves

Liam Beckett


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The legendary Harry Gregg in action for Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.

The legendary Harry Gregg in action for Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.

Harry Gregg's first ever Manchester United contract when he joined for a world-record transfer fee of £30,000 from Doncaster Rovers.

Harry Gregg's first ever Manchester United contract when he joined for a world-record transfer fee of £30,000 from Doncaster Rovers.

Harry Gregg's first ever Manchester United contract when he joined for a world-record transfer fee of £30,000 from Doncaster Rovers.

Harry Gregg's first ever Manchester United contract when he joined for a world-record transfer fee of £30,000 from Doncaster Rovers.

The legendary Harry Gregg in action for Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.

It's a topic I have spoken about at length before, but an experience in this past week has only emboldened my belief that Northern Ireland badly needs a proper sports museum.

Harry Gregg was the one man I would always turn to for advice or guidance, and I was extremely privileged when his family very kindly offered me the opportunity to look through a mountain of incredible memorabilia, most of which I'd never seen before - football jerseys of Harry's and several belonging to other world-famous stars, international caps of great historical interest, iconic medals and a stack of personal pictures and documents the great man had accumulated over the years.

I don't mind admitting I was genuinely open-mouthed to be holding some of the most iconic and historic belongings that one of Northern Ireland's greatest ever sons had collected.