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Books of condolence open for NI legend Harry Gregg

Tributes are pouring in for Northern Ireland and Manchester United legend Harry Gregg. Credit: Presseye

Books of condolence have opened to pay tribute to Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballing legend Harry Gregg, including in his native Coleraine and at Windsor Park.

The former goalkeeper passed away peacefully in hospital surrounded by family at the age of 87.

Other legends of the game, including the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson, and Peter Schmiechel, have joined fans and the wider public in paying their respects.

Harry Gregg is being remembered as a hero and true legend. Credit: Pacemaker

Harry Gregg was a household name with 247 appearances for Manchester United in the 50s and 60s and 25 caps for Northern Ireland.

In 1958, he was one of the ‘Busby Babes’ on board the ill-fated flight home from Munich that crashed and claimed 23 lives.

Gregg was hailed a hero after helping to pull survivors from the wreckage, including Sir Bobby Charlton, Dennis Violet, a 20-month-year old baby and her badly injured, pregnant mother.

His funeral is due to take place in Coleraine on Friday.

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