Harry Gregg, former Manchester United goalkeeper, dies at 87

Harry Gregg, former Manchester United goalkeeper, dies at 87

- Harry Gregg, who played 210 games for Manchester United, has passed away

- The goalie was the hero who pulled survivors from the wreckage of 1958 plane crash

- Gregg saved the lives of some of those involved in the tragic incident

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Premier League giants Manchester United have lost their legend Harry Gregg ahead of their tough battle with Chelsea as the former Northern Irish footballer died at the age of 87.

Harry Gregg was hailed hero 62 years ago when he saved the lives of Bobby Charlton, Denis Viollet and some other people in the Munich air disaster.

During that time in 1958, the Red Devils squad, then known as the Busby Babes, were actually travelling after playing European Cup game when their plane crashed.

Harry Gregg was very lucky to have escaped from the tragic incident and therefore went back to the burning wreckage to pull out some people he could help.

Sadly, 23 people later died in the incident and Harry Gregg was unable to save the lives of all the passengers who boarded the plane.

Gregg played for Manchester United between 1957 and 1966 and featured in 210 games for the Red Devils before he left the Premier League side.

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He ended his playing career in 1967 at Stoke City where he only played for one season before he hung up his gloves and boots.

On an international level, Harry Gregg played 25 times for Northern Ireland and was even voted the best goalkeeper at the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden.

According to the report on UK Sun, Harry Gregg died peacefully in the presence of his family and the cause of death was not revealed.

Gregg died at Causeway Hospital. His family released a press release thanking everyone who showed the deceased love before and after his death.

"Harry passed away peacefully in hospital surrounded by his loving family.
"To everyone who has called, visited or sent well wishes, we thank you for the love and respect shown to Harry and the family," a statement from the family.

Meanwhile, Manchester United could obtain a minute silence before their Premier League game against Chelsea on Monday, 17 February.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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