Sir Bobby Charlton and Harry Gregg

Sir Bobby and Sir Alex lead Harry Gregg tributes

Monday 17 February 2020 11:00

Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Alex Ferguson have led the tributes to former Manchester United keeper Harry Gregg, who has passed away at the age of 87.

The Northern Irishman died in Coleraine, surrounded by his loving family, and is being remembered as a true hero to so many people.

“Lady Norma and I are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Harry Gregg,” said Sir Bobby, a former colleague and fellow survivor of the Munich Air Disaster.

“I was proud to call him a team-mate. 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. 

Sir Alex Ferguson and Harry Gregg enjoyed the opportunities to meet and discuss their beloved United.

"It’s incredible to think that he went on to play in a match against Sheffield Wednesday just 13 days after that tragic night.  A shining light both on and off the pitch. For so many reasons, he deserves to be remembered as one of the greatest names in Manchester United’s history. 

“Harry will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with Carolyn and his family at this very sad time.”

Sir Alex, who took his United team to play in Harry's testimonial in Belfast in 2012, added: “I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Harry Gregg.

“Harry was a man of great character and a true legend at our club. I remember that he was always very excited and proud to host our youth team at his boarding house for the Milk Cup every summer, so he could recount the tales of his playing days. I loved his company and the many pieces of advice he gave me.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Carolyn and his family at this very sad time. God bless Harry.”