Harry Gregg
Position: Goalkeeper
Joined United: December 1957
Appearances: 247

"Harry was one of the foundations Matt Busby could look to for inspiration for others to be part of his team. That act of heroism [in Munich] really merited some sort of medal , but Harry was a modest guy not given to bragging about his exploits so it went by without a medal. In my mind he certainly deserved one."

- David Meek, former Manchester Evening News journalist

15/05/2012 14:06, Report by S Bartram and M Shaw

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As United celebrate the achievements of former Reds goalkeeper Harry Gregg in Belfast, we look back on the career of a goalkeeper who, for years, was regarded as the best stopper in the club's history.

The Northern Irish goalkeeper was procured from Doncaster Rovers in December 1957 for a world record fee for a goalkeeper, and had been a United player for under two months when the Munich disaster laid bare his remarkable character.

Gregg pulled six people from the wreckage, including a baby and her pregnant mother, and was back in action less than a fortnight later. Four months on, he was selected as the outstanding goalkeeper at the 1958 World Cup, and he went on to make 247 appearances over a decade at Old Trafford.

Though Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar now jostle for the status of United's all-time greatest goalkeeper, Gregg held that position in the eyes of many for over three decades. His skills between the sticks bore comparison with anyone of his era, and his heroism in Munich further elevated him to true legendary status.

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