It was the first time that he had returned to Munich and, during the filming, he met Zoran Lukic, the son of Vera Lukic, who was still in his mother's womb at the time of the disaster. Harry Gregg was described as a ‘most reluctant hero’ by Sir Alex Ferguson (PA). After a second abortive attempt to take off, the players and other passengers on board returned to the airport lounge while the plane was inspected by the airport's ground crew.

At first, I thought I was the only one left alive. Gregg was born on 27 October 1932 in County Londonderry and went on to feature for his homeland's national team between 1954 and 1964. Play it now. Goal keeping Legends Harry Gregg and Pat Jennings attending The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park Opening Game and Ceremony before Northern Ireland vs San Marino 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier In other eras, Gregg might have been expected to take the summer for reflection and recuperation after the trauma of the previous months.

However, their return journey from the Czechoslovakian capital, Prague, after a first-round game against Dukla Prague on December 4, 1957, was beset by problems. His actions during the Munich air disaster, twice returning to the burning fuselage to drag team-mates and strangers to safety, were the epitomy of bravery and selflessness. Manchester United icons such as Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville have been paying their respects on Twitter. Greb was buried at Calvary Cemetery in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "If anything, maybe he was too classy for the position. Harry Gregg Testimonial - Irish League XI v Manchester United Fog over England forced the aircraft transporting the team back to Manchester to divert to Holland, where they landed in Amsterdam.

Gregg had once been a devout Protestant, visiting churches on Sundays wherever football took him, including Catholic services if that was all he could find, and even consulted a minister when the question of representing Northern Ireland arose. 'Stylist' is the word I would use to describe Jackie, who was the brother of the great Danny Blanchflower, and Jackie was up there with his brother in terms of ability and an excellent passer of the ball. Manager Matt Busby was concerned that his side would not be able to return home in time to play their next First Division game away to Birmingham City on Saturday, December 7, and would face the wrath of the FA. United also won the league during his time there, but he did not play enough matches during the 1964-65 First Division campaign to earn a winners medal. That word again.

FRONT: (from left) Jimmy McIlroy, Bertie Peacock, Eddie mcMorran, Danny Blanchflower, Billy Bingham, Wilbur Cush.

Captain James Thain had flown the plane from Manchester to Belgrade two days earlier and handed over the controls to Captain Rayment for the flight home.

Alf McMichael (second left back row) was a member of the Northern Ireland team which lost 1-0 to Italy in a World Cup tie at the Olympic Stadium, Rome in April 1957. Harry Gregg defied all around him as he battled to save those onboard the stricken airliner which crashed in Munich. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the club go out to Harry's family and friends. 'That can't happen… to concede seven goals was unacceptable': Trent Alexander-Arnold admits 7-2 defeat by Aston Villa 'humbled' Liverpool but insists there is no 'concern' over their defence - which is the worst in the Premier League! Lukic, then aged 49, walked slowly up to him and said: "I have always wanted this moment, to look into your face and say to you 'Thank you'. "She was beneath a pile of debris and, remarkably, she only had a cut over her eye," he said. In all he played 247 times for United, including, incredibly, a 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday just 13 days after the Munich tragedy. Manchester United greats Bobby Charlton and Alex Ferguson led tributes to club legend and hero Harry Gregg following his death aged 87. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. Tragedy revisited three years later when his first wife Mavis died of cancer, and once more when daughter Karen was claimed by the disease in 2009. The legend of Harry Gregg, his Manchester United and Northern Ireland career, and, of course, Munich, have been well documented in the multitude of tributes following his overnight passing, after a period of illness, aged 87. Pic (C) Stuart Clarke. I was wondering if someone was going to post a Harry Gregg eulogy on here, and you were the one who stepped forward, Dick. MANCHESTER UNITED legend Harry Gregg has died aged 87. That his United career ended without a testimonial was an anomaly of circumstance, finally righted in 2012 when Sir Alex Ferguson proudly brought a full-strength squad to Windsor Park to face an Irish League XI. "Jackie was an attacking midfielder, a class-touch player," he said. His death was announced by the Harry Gregg Foundation on Monday morning. After hanging up his gloves Gregg went into management, taking up the top job at Shrewsbury Town where he spent four years.

'Over the years, I have had some troubles dealing with it.

Gregg had only joined United two months prior, signing from Doncaster Rovers for what was then a world-record fee for a goalkeeper of £23,000. After leaving United in 1966, he had a short stint at Stoke City and then moved into management - taking the reigns at Shrewsbury Town, Swansea City, Crewe Alexandra and Carlisle United before retiring in 1987. The Old Trafford legend, who also starred for Northern Ireland at the 1958 World Cup, passed away "peacefully in hospital surrounded by his loving family".

"It was horrendous, a scene of utter devastation. He had only moved to United two months previously, joining the club in December 1957 for £23,500 - what was then a world-record fee for a goalkeeper.

In January 2008, Harry made an emotional return to Munich Airport and stood at the scene of the crash for a BBC television documentary called One Life: Munich Air Disaster. He was then sold during the 1966-67 season, when the Red Devils once again went on to win the title. United paid tribute to the Munich air disaster survivors only two weeks ago on the 62nd anniversary of the incident. Eight of United's iconic Busby Babes, named after then manager Matt Busby, died in the tragedy along with 15 others, however the death toll could have been higher. The legendary Harry Gregg in action for Northern Ireland at Windsor Park. Pic (C) Stuart Clarke. Harry, who had clambered out of the hole in the fuselage, dragged fellow United players Bobby Charlton, Dennis Viollet and Jackie Blanchflower from the plane. 'It is with great sorrow that we inform of the death of Manchester United and Northern Ireland legend Harry Gregg, OBE,' it said in a statement posted on Facebook.

Around 2pm, the twin-engine Lord Burleigh was ready for take-off, with Captain Kenneth Rayment, second-in-command, at the controls. When the plane touched down in Munich, the weather conditions were extremely poor with a chill-factor wind swirling around the airport. Harry Gregg, who picked up the Hall of Fame Award with fellow legendary goalkeeper Pat Jennings last night, Jackie Fullerton interviews Harry Gregg and Pat Jennings at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Magners in the Ramada, Belfast, Sir Alex Ferguson and Harry Gregg share a joke at the Windsor Park testimonial game last year, Survivor and hero: Manchester United legend Harry Gregg, Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 7th October 2016 However, as the plane made its way down the runway, Captain Thain noticed the port pressure gauge fluctuating just as full power had been engaged and a strange sound emanating from the engine during acceleration. 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