Munich hero Harry Gregg passes away
It is with deepest sadness that we have learnt of the passing of former player Harry Gregg OBE.
His bravery in rushing to the aid of team-mates and other passengers during the Munich Air Disaster will never be forgotten.
After the disaster, he was integral to the rebuilding of Matt Busby’s team, making 247 appearances for the club, and he remained a cherished part of the Manchester United family for the rest of his life.
The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the club go out to Harry’s family and friends.
The Harry Gregg Foundation said he died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, in Coleraine, at the age of 87.
“The Gregg family would like to thank the medical staff at Causeway Hospital for their wonderful dedication to Harry over his last few weeks,”they said in a statement.
“To everyone who has called, visited or sent well wishes, we thank you for the love and respect shown to Harry and the family.”
United's players will wear black armbands, as a mark of respect, in tonight's Premier League game with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, said:
“Harry embodied all the best values of Manchester United. He was one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation, known for his commitment and bravery.
“These qualities were evident in his heroic actions during the Munich Air Disaster, when he helped pull fellow passengers from the wreckage. Less than two weeks later, he was back in goal for the first team, providing strength and inspiration during the most difficult period in the club’s history.
“Following retirement, his charitable work through the Harry Gregg Foundation was further testament to his outstanding character. On behalf of everyone at Manchester United, we send our deepest condolences to Harry’s family and friends for the loss a true legend.”