Harry Gregg: former Manchester United Goalkeeper’s Death at aged 87

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Harry Gregg was born on 27 October, 1932, he was born in Magherafelt, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. His youth football career started with Windsor Park Swifts, a football club based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and later signed for Coleraine, a northern Irish club. In 1952, he moved to Doncaster Rover, a club based in South Yorkshire, England when he was 18 years old and makes 94 appearances. In 1957, he was transferred to Manchester United for £23,500 and make 210 appearances before moving to Stoke City in 1966.

Harry Gregg won 25 caps for the Northern Ireland national team and featured in many games including the 3-2 won of Ireland Against England at Wembley Stadium in November 1957 and help them qualify for FIFA world Cup in 1958 and thereafter voted him best goalkeeper of the tournament.

Following the Munich air disaster which occurred on 6 February, 1958; the British European Airways Flight 609 crashed after attempting to take off the third time at Munich-Riem Airport, referred Gregg as “The Hero of Munich” for his actions in the aftermath the crash.

He got managerial career in 1968, to Shrewsbury Town, Shropshire, England. In 1972, became Manager of Swansea City. After resigning in 1957, joined Crew Alexandra in Cheshire, England. He was an assistant Manager to Lou Macari in Swindon Town and also in 1986, he was a manager of Carlisle United.

On 16 February 2020, Harry Gregg died at aged 87 after weeks of illness at causeway Hospital in Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

May his soul rest in peace!

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