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Harry Gregg MBE

Harry Gregg MBE

Clubs played for: Windsor Park Swifts, Coleraine, Doncaster Rovers, Manchester United, Stoke City (1952-1967)

Born: 1932

Birthplace: Magherafelt, Northern Ireland

Position: Goalkeeper

Biography: Irish international who followed in Reginald Allen's footsteps to become the country's most expensive goalie when he put his signature to the transfer forms bringing him to Old Trafford from Doncaster Rovers for £23,000 in 1957. Originally hailing from Derry, Harry earned rave reviews for his international performances at the 1958 World Cup finals in Sweden and earned a total of 24 full caps. 1958 proved to be an eventful year. In addition to the World Cup, he played in the FA Cup final against Bolton Wanderers, was one of the fortunate survivors of the Munich air crash and was widely praised for his efforts in helping his colleagues escape from the wreckage. He spent a decade at the club before leaving for Stoke City. He later managed Shrewsbury Town, Swansea City, Crewe Alexandra and Carlisle United, and was also on United's coaching staff before returning to Northern Ireland, where he ran the Windsor hotel in Port Stewart for many years until his retirement. Gregg was awarded the MBE in 1995 and was made an Honorary Graduate of the University of Ulster in 2008.

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Gregg, Harry My boyhood hero. Voted greatest goalkeeper in the world at the 1958 World Cup Finals. At the time he was bought by Manchester United he was the most expensive goalkeeper in the world.

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