Munich Air Disaster: Harry Gregg's Story

Munich Air Disaster: I Was There


Harry Gregg was the finishing touch to the Busby Babes. Manchester United paid a then world record £23,000 for the goalkeeper to cement their position as the best team, not just in England, but also in Europe in 1958. Their success led to the fateful refuelling stop and the aircrash that killed half the team. Gregg survived. Now he tells the almost familiar, yet still horrifying story, drawing on vivid, poignant memories.

When he returns for the first time to the now disused airport building in Munich, he tells the film-makers, “Forget the camera, please just let me walk about a bit.” It’s just one of the moving moments in a strong programme dominated by Gregg’s bravery, dignity and humanity. It’s as though he’s made this programme for the record and the result is a restrained yet powerful documentary.


Former Manchester United goalkeeper Harry Gregg embarks on a personal journey to find a woman he pulled from the wreckage of the team's plane after it crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport in February 1958.