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Munich crash hero gets degree honour

Harry Gregg
Harry Gregg received an honorary degree

Northern Ireland goalkeeping legend and a hero of the 1958 Munich air disaster, Harry Gregg, has received an honorary degree from the University of Ulster.

Mr Gregg was awarded a Doctor of the University (DUniv) degree in recognition of his contribution to sport, especially football.

On 6 February 1958, a plane carrying Manchester United footballers back from a European tie in Belgrade crashed in a blizzard after refuelling at Munich airport.

After the crash, Mr Gregg pulled to safety from the wreckage one of his fellow passengers, the pregnant wife of a Yugoslav diplomat.

On the 50th anniversary of the crash earlier this year he returned to the scene and met Vera Luckic and the son she was pregnant with at the time.

Twenty-three people died, including United players, backroom staff and journalists.

Mr Gregg spent 10 years with United and also gained 25 caps for Northern Ireland. He was voted goalkeeper of the tournament at the 1958 World Cup finals in Sweden when Northern Ireland reached the quarter finals.

The County Londonderry man was one of only nine of Man Utd's "Busby Babes" who survived the crash and one of seven who played again.

After the end of his playing career he went into coaching and management before returning home to Northern Ireland where he ran a hotel in Portstewart. He received an MBE in 1995.




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