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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 February 2008, 16:17 GMT
Gregg remembers Munich
Harry Gregg
Ex-Manchester United and Stoke keeper Harry Gregg in his heyday
Munich survivor Harry Gregg has said he remembers "all that needs remembering" about the 1958 air disaster.

Fifty years on from the horror of Munich, Gregg, now 75, told BBC Radio Stoke: "It was triumph then tragedy.

"I was fortunate. I was one of only nine that got out and one of seven who played again. What more could I ask?

"I survived the disaster and went on to play for my country that year in the World Cup where I was voted the best keeper in the world. That will do me."

Not only did Gregg play later that same year for Northern Ireland in the 1958 World Cup, he was back in action for United a lot sooner.

Gregg had been one of the heroes in Munich, pulling one of his fellow passengers, a pregnant diplomat's wife, to safety from the wreckage.

But, along with fellow Irishman Billy Foulkes, he was one of only two Munich survivors in the much-changed line-up when United returned to action to beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 in a highly emotional FA Cup fifth round clash just 13 days later.

I still pay attention to Stoke's results and I hope to see then back in the top flight one day

Harry Gregg

And he was in the United team that got to the final, only to be beaten by Bolton Wanderers when Nat Lofthouse barged Gregg into the net to claim one of Wembley's most controversial and memorable goals.

Gregg then went on to play for Stoke City, before embarking on a managerial career at Shrewsbury in 1968.

After four years at the Gay Meadow, he then moved on to Swansea, before returning to Staffordshire to become boss of Crewe Alexandra in January 1975.

After keeping Crewe in the League in 1975, he then had three mid-table finishes before moving on in May 1978.

He did have one last managerial post, a season at Carlisle almost a decade later. But Gregg then retired to his native Northern Ireland to run a hotel in Portstewart.

606: DEBATE

Of his time in the Potteries, Gregg said: "I loved my time with Crewe and Stoke, particularly as Stoke was my first step into coaching.

"I still pay attention to their results and I hope to see Stoke back in the top flight one day."

SEE ALSO
BBC coverage of Munich
04 Feb 08 |  Man Utd
Gregg's 'greatest save' - Munich remembered
04 Feb 08 |  Northern Ireland
Waiting for news from Munich
04 Feb 08 |  Magazine


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