Man Utd Munich hero Harry Gregg dies at 87

Tanya Simon
February 18, 2020

Gregg, who was born in Magherafelt, Co Derry, was a survivor of the air disaster on February 6 1958, in which 23 people were killed, and twice returned to the burning fuselage to drag team-mates and strangers to safety.

In the immediate aftermath of the Munich Air Disaster, the goalkeeper saved the lives of Dennis Viollet and Bobby Charlton, as well as a 20-month old baby and her badly injured, pregnant mother.

Gregg played 25 times for Northern Ireland and was voted the best goalkeeper of the tournament in the 1958 World Cup.

"Harry passed away peacefully in hospital surrounded by his loving family".

Irishman Harry Gregg is considered one of Manchester United's greatest-ever goalkeepers (Image: Manchester United archives).

He was back playing for Manchester United just 13 days later against Sheffield Wednesday.

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"The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the club go out to Harry's family and friends".

Speaking about the tragedy in 2018, he said: "I would be telling lies if I said that I thought about it all the time". For all the matter of fact things Harry said about that night in Munich for me he will always be remembered as a heroic figure'.

"I know the media would like to talk about what happened on a runway". "It was about goodness".

"I found the boss, Matt Busby on the snow, put rubbish behind him and propped him up and left him there".

The team was returning from a European Cup game when their airplane crashed after refueling in Munich.

The plane crashed on its third take-off attempt in awful weather conditions killing 23 people, including three of the club's backroom staff, two crew, eight journalists and two others.

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