English Premiership

WATCH | Ferguson, Charlton among mourners at funeral of Man United great Gregg

2020-02-21 22:10
Harry Gregg of Manchester United speaks during the
Harry Gregg of Manchester United speaks during the memorial service to mark the 50th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster at Old Trafford on February 6 2008 in Manchester, England.

Coleraine - Alex Ferguson and Bobby Charlton were among the mourners at the funeral of Manchester United great Harry Gregg in the Munich air crash hero's home town on Friday.

Charlton was one of the United players Gregg pulled from the wreckage of the burning plane that crashed at Munich airport in 1958.

Former United manager Ferguson and former striker Denis Law also attended the service in Coleraine, in Northern Ireland.

Former Northern Ireland international Gregg, who was named the best goalkeeper of the 1958 World Cup, died earlier this week aged 87.

He will be forever associated with the tragedy in Munich when a plane carrying Matt Busby's young United side back from a European game against Red Star Belgrade crashed in the snow after a refuelling stop.

Gregg survived the crash that claimed 23 lives and twice returned to the burning fuselage to drag United team-mates and strangers to safety.

He rescued Charlton and Dennis Viollet, as well as a 20-month-old baby and her badly injured pregnant mother.

BBC Northern Ireland sports presenter Stephen Watson, who accompanied Gregg back to the crash site for a 2008 documentary to mark the 50th anniversary, delivered a eulogy at Friday's funeral in front of the keeper's widow Carolyn and other family members.

"Harry was determined that even though Munich shaped his destiny, it would not shape his life," Watson said

"He was called the hero of Munich, but he always wanted to be remembered simply as a footballer and a coach of some repute.

"In his own words, 'I'm Harry Gregg from 34 Windsor Avenue in Coleraine who played football - I was useful on some days and rubbish on others'.

"Harry Gregg. What an incredible man, and what a remarkable life. We will never forget you."


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Saturday, 04 April 2020
Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur, Bramall Lane 02:00
Arsenal v Norwich City, Emirates Stadium 02:00
Crystal Palace v Burnley, Selhurst Park 02:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester United, The American Express Community Stadium 02:00
Watford v Southampton, Vicarage Road 02:00
Aston Villa v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Villa Park 02:00
AFC Bournemouth v Newcastle United, Vitality Stadium 02:00
Sunday, 05 April 2020
Manchester City v Liverpool, Etihad Stadium 02:00
West Ham United v Chelsea, London Stadium 02:00
Monday, 06 April 2020
Everton v Leicester City, Goodison Park 02:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

And the 2019/20 English Premiership champions will be ... ?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.