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Harry Gregg ~ The Man Who Didn’t Just Save Goals

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 sometimes we judge our players
by the way that they behave
a striker for his scoring
and a keeper for his saves
we even tag some heroes
and one deserves that claim
a man who didn’t just save goals
Harry Gregg his name

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 the day is still etched in my mind
and I remember then
I cried aloud next morning
when I was only ten
and on that day we lost perhaps
the greatest football side
but Harry rescued those he could
we speak his name with pride

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 and just thirteen days later
so many team mates gone
he took the field again once more
determined to go on
and later in the Final
the first one that I saw
they bundled him into the net
as Bolton’s Lofthouse scored

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 sometimes we judge our players
by the way that they behave
a striker for his scoring
and a keeper for his saves
we often tag them heroes
and one deserve that claim
a man who didn’t just save goals
Harry Gregg his name

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Notes

Harry Gregg RIP (1932-2020)
Harry Gregg, the former Manchester United, Doncaster Rovers, Stoke City and Northern Ireland goalkeeper heralded as the hero of the Munich air disaster, has died at the age of 87.

Following the accident at Munich-Riem Airport on 6 February 1958, in which 23 people died, Gregg twice returned to the plane’s burning fuselage to drag teammates and fellow passengers to safety. He rescued United colleagues Bobby Charlton and Dennis Viollet from BEA Flight 609, as well as a 20-month old baby and her badly injured, pregnant mother, Vera Lukic. There were 20 survivors overall, including the club’s manager, Matt Busby, who Gregg attempted to revive at the scene of the crash.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/harry-gregg-the-man-who-didnt-just-save-goals/