Harry Gregg shares Man Utd memories

Published Monday, 14 May 2012
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Harry Gregg, one of the most famous footballers to come out of Northern Ireland, has spoken to UTV ahead of a testimonial at Windsor Park.

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A full strength Manchester United team will take on the best of the Irish League on Tuesday night for special tribute to a player who will always be remembered as one of United's greats.

Harry Gregg became the world's most expensive goalkeeper when he moved from Doncaster Rovers to Old Trafford for £23,000.

And he made 247 appearances as goalkeeper under Sir Matt Busby.

"From my point of view, after all these years, it is nice to be remembered," he told UTV.

There are players better than me that have been forgotten about, players that played for this country in the World Cup - so it's nice to be remembered.

Harry Gregg

Asked what is so special about Manchester United, Harry Gregg said in his opinion it is "not just a football club, it is an institution" - and shared some memories of his time there.

He continued: "In my day, at Old Trafford always on a Friday, we'd do our training, get changed, sit round the dressing room and the old man as they called him behind his back, the boss, would come in and he'd say, 'right' - I can see him now putting his two fingers and tapping the table.

"He wasn't a good speaker, putting his two fingers on the table and his words were: 'You know lads, if you weren't good enough you wouldn't be here. Up together, back together, up together, back together. God Bless', and he'd walk out."

Mr Gregg's return to Windsor Park will also be a great reminder of his time representing Northern Ireland - he won 25 caps in all for his country.

"My first cap was against Wales playing against the great John Charles and he was a king, he was King John," he remembered.

"That was the day that Danny said to me, that was the day he knew I might be a goal keeper because I came and took stuff in the air when nobody took them from big John!

"That was the beginning right through a period building up to our greatest day was playing the mighty England at Wembly for the first time, even I can smile now and beating the mighty England."

Harry Gregg will take to the field with Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson, flanked by the players of both teams, before the match kicks off at 7.30pm.

Ticket holders have been asked to arrive at 7pm to enjoy the pre-match build up.

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Jimmy Mac in Canada wrote (703 days ago):
That was a brilliant interview! Gentlemen Like Harry Gregg, truly bring Beauty... to the Beautiful game.
h in Tyrone wrote (703 days ago):
What a legend i would have a drink with Harry any day in the bar what great speaker also pure legend
SHORT STRAND MAN in belfast wrote (703 days ago):
good luck to the irish league tonight.lets hope utd put a strong team out after their devastation on sunday when they thought they won the league but el kun snatched it away.hope its a full house for harry.maybe even little micky owen will get a game.
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