Manchester United greats gather for Harry Gregg funeral

Manchester United greats Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson and Denis Law are among mourners who have gathered for the funeral of club hero Harry Gregg.

The former Northern Ireland international goalkeeper was hailed for his courage after the Munich air disaster in February 1958, in which 23 people were killed.

He died earlier this week aged 87.

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Manchester United greats gather for Harry Gregg funeral
Manchester United greats Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson and Denis Law are among mourners who have gathered for the funeral of club hero Harry Gregg. The former Northern Ireland international goalkeeper was hailed for his courage after the Munich air disaster in February 1958, in which 23 people were killed.
Manchester United greats Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson and Denis Law are among mourners who have gathered for the funeral of club hero Harry Gregg. The former Northern Ireland international goalkeeper was hailed for his courage after the Munich air disaster in February 1958, in which 23 people were killed.
Manchester United greats Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson and Denis Law are among mourners who have gathered for the funeral of club hero Harry Gregg. The former Northern Ireland international goalkeeper was hailed for his courage after the Munich air disaster in February 1958, in which 23 people were killed.
Manchester United greats Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson and Denis Law are among mourners who have gathered for the funeral of club hero Harry Gregg. The former Northern Ireland international goalkeeper was hailed for his courage after the Munich air disaster in February 1958, in which 23 people were killed.
Harry Gregg funeral to be held in Northern Ireland
The Order of Service is held outside St Patrick's Parish Church, Coleraine after the funeral of former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Harry Gregg. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
COLERAINE, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 21: Dame Mary Peters arrives as the funeral of former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer Harry Gregg takes place on February 21, 2020 in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. Gregg was a survivor of the 1958 Munich air disaster which saw many of the famous Busby Babes Manchester United team lose their lives along with some travelling journalists and civilians, 23 people in total. Harry Gregg returned to the burning wreckage twice to help carry the injured away from the plane. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Former Vice-President of FIFA Jim Boyce arrives for the funeral of former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Harry Gregg, at St Patrick's Parsh Church, Coleraine. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
COLERAINE, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 21: Denis Law arrives at Coleraine Church of Ireland as the funeral of former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer Harry Gregg takes place on February 21, 2020 in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. Gregg was a survivor of the 1958 Munich air disaster which saw many of the famous Busby Babes Manchester United team lose their lives along with some travelling journalists and civilians, 23 people in total. Harry Gregg returned to the burning wreckage twice to help carry the injured away from the plane. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
COLERAINE, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 21: Keith Gillespie arrives as the funeral of former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer Harry Gregg takes place on February 21, 2020 in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. Gregg was a survivor of the 1958 Munich air disaster which saw many of the famous Busby Babes Manchester United team lose their lives along with some travelling journalists and civilians, 23 people in total. Harry Gregg returned to the burning wreckage twice to help carry the injured away from the plane. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
COLERAINE, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 21: A grandson of the late Harry Gregg carries his walking cane as the funeral of former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer takes place on February 21, 2020 in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. Gregg was a survivor of the 1958 Munich air disaster which saw many of the famous Busby Babes Manchester United team lose their lives along with some travelling journalists and civilians, 23 people in total. Harry Gregg returned to the burning wreckage twice to help carry the injured away from the plane. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
COLERAINE, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 21: Family members including son Jon Gregg (R) carry the remains of former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer Harry Gregg as his funeral takes place on February 21, 2020 in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. Gregg was a survivor of the 1958 Munich air disaster which saw many of the famous Busby Babes Manchester United team lose their lives along with some travelling journalists and civilians, 23 people in total. Harry Gregg returned to the burning wreckage twice to help carry the injured away from the plane. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
COLERAINE, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 21: Sir Alex Ferguson and Denis Law can be seen with fellow mourners as the funeral of former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer Harry Gregg takes place on February 21, 2020 in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. Gregg was a survivor of the 1958 Munich air disaster which saw many of the famous Busby Babes Manchester United team lose their lives along with some travelling journalists and civilians, 23 people in total. Harry Gregg returned to the burning wreckage twice to help carry the injured away from the plane. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
COLERAINE, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 21: Sir Alex Ferguson and Denis Law can be seen with fellow mourners as the funeral of former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer Harry Gregg takes place on February 21, 2020 in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. Gregg was a survivor of the 1958 Munich air disaster which saw many of the famous Busby Babes Manchester United team lose their lives along with some travelling journalists and civilians, 23 people in total. Harry Gregg returned to the burning wreckage twice to help carry the injured away from the plane. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
COLERAINE, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 21: John Gregg is hugged in the street by a well wisher as the funeral of his father and former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer Harry Gregg takes place on February 21, 2020 in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. Gregg was a survivor of the 1958 Munich air disaster which saw many of the famous Busby Babes Manchester United team lose their lives along with some travelling journalists and civilians, 23 people in total. Harry Gregg returned to the burning wreckage twice to help carry the injured away from the plane. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
COLERAINE, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 21: Well wishers and mourners line the streets as the funeral of former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer Harry Gregg takes place on February 21, 2020 in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. Gregg was a survivor of the 1958 Munich air disaster which saw many of the famous Busby Babes Manchester United team lose their lives along with some travelling journalists and civilians, 23 people in total. Harry Gregg returned to the burning wreckage twice to help carry the injured away from the plane. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
The hearse carrying the coffin of former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Harry Gregg passes a statue of team-mate Bertie Peacock in Coleraine. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
John-Henry follows the hearse outside St Patrick's Parish Church, Coleraine after the funeral of his father, former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Harry Gregg. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
Irish FA president David Martin arrives for the funeral of former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Harry Gregg, at St Patrick's Parish Church, Coleraine. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
Sir Bobby Charlton outside St Patrick's Parish Church, Coleraine after the funeral of former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Harry Gregg. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
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His funeral is being held at St Patrick's Parish Church in Coleraine, Co Londonderry.

Gregg survived the Munich crash and twice returned to the burning fuselage to drag United team-mates and strangers to safety.

He rescued United players Sir Bobby and Dennis Viollet from the BEA Flight 609, as well as a 20-month-old baby and her badly injured pregnant mother.

In nine years at United, Gregg played 247 times, including in a 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday just 13 days after the Munich tragedy.

Gregg became the world's most expensive goalkeeper when Sir Matt Busby's United paid Doncaster £23,000 in 1957 and he was voted the best keeper at the World Cup a year later.

He won just 25 caps for his country during an international career that was hampered by injury.

Gregg had spells with Windsor Park Swifts, the reserve team of Linfield, and his local club Coleraine before moving to England to sign for Doncaster at the age of 18, and played for Rovers between 1952 and 1957.

When he retired from playing, a managerial career followed, with spells in charge of Shrewsbury, Swansea, Crewe and Carlisle.

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