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Former Busby Babe Harry Gregg dies aged 87

Former Manchester United, Doncaster Rovers and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Harry Gregg, a hero of the Munich air disaster, has died at the age of 87.

His death was announced by the Harry Gregg Foundation on Monday morning.

Harry started his career at Doncaster Rovers Credit: PA

It is with great sorrow that we inform of the death of Manchester United and Northern Ireland legend Harry Gregg OBE.

Harry passed away peacefully in hospital surrounded by his loving family.<

The Gregg family would like to thank the medical staff at Causeway Hospital for their wonderful dedication to Harry over his last few weeks.

To everyone who has called, visited or sent well wishes we thank you for the love and respect shown to Harry and the family.

Details of his funeral arrangement will be issued in the next few days.

– Harry Gregg Foundation

Gregg was a survivor of the air disaster on February 6, 1958, in which 23 people were killed.

He twice returned to the burning fuselage to drag team-mates and strangers to safety.

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

Gregg started his career at Doncaster Rovers where he made 94 appearances from 1952 until 1957 where he secured a move to Manchester United.

He became the world's most expensive keeper when United, and Sir Matt Busby paid £23,000 for him.

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