Harry Gregg
Testimonial May 15th 2012 v Irish Select XI

Outfield Kit
Goalkeeper Kit presented to Harry Gregg
Goalkeeper Kit (Lindegaard)
Goalkeeper Kit (Amos)


Harry Gregg footballing career began with his local club Coleraine, although as a youngster he'd played for Linfield's reserve side, Windsor Park Swifts. At eighteen he crossed the Irish Sea to join Doncaster Rovers. In five years Gregg made almost a hundred appearances for the South Yorkshire club, and built a reputation as a fine young goalkeeper.

Matt Busby brought him to Old Trafford in December 1957, paying a then world record fee for a goalkeeper of £23,000. He made his League début on December 21st taking over from Ray Wood. He remained in United's first team until the arrival of Alex Stepney in 1966, although in the later years Dave Gaskell and Pat Dunne both enjoyed extended runs in the side. He survived the Munich Air Disaster, winning praise for his bravery in helping others at the scene.

Gregg won 25 Northern Ireland caps, helping them to the World Cup quarter finals in 1958, where he was voted the competition's best 'keeper. Gregg is considered by many to be United's finest post war keeper despite his absence of winners medals. A shoulder injury prevented him from playing in the 1963 FA Cup Final and he failed to qualify for League Champions medals in either 1964/65 or 1966/67. He left United for Stoke in the summer of 1967 but retired a year later after just two appearances.

Gregg returned to United as a goal keeping coach during Dave Sexton's time at Old Trafford, but left the club along with Sexton in summer 1981. He also had spells in management at Shrewsbury, Swansea, Crewe, Swindon and Carlisle before finally retiring from the game in 1987. He was awarded an MBE in 1995.

 Anders Lindegaard wore the change kit until replaced by Ben Amos on the hour, who wote the third kit with black outfield socks. Neither of the kits had match embroidery, sleeve patches, numbers or names on the back of the shirts, and no numbers on the shorts. A green home shirt, which like the outfield players shirts included embroidered match details, was signed by all the players and presented to Harry after the game.

Harry Gregg:
247 appearances