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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic football book, 13 Nov. 2002
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What a wonderful and honest book - my wife brought me a copy as I am a big united fan and reading the news of the world coverage of it.
This is an honest and eye-opening insight into the greatest football team in the world. Most real fans always wondered if match fixing goes on in football - afterall we are all human.
I recommend this book not only to football fans but to anyone who wants a good read.
It would make a great Christmas or Birthday Present for any self respecting football fan even if you do not support Manchester United!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harrys game, 5 Jun. 2003
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A great read. The humility and modesty of the man in relation to the heroism he displayed during the munich aircrash is unbelievable .Anyone who is intereted in the darker dealings that go on behind the scenes in the world of football should give this a read
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sense of justice, 7 Aug. 2014
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Harry Gregg played football at the top level for both his country and as a part of Manchester United’s Busby Babes. He survived the Munich air disaster but more than that he saved other lives through risking his own, returning to the burning plane to pull out the injured. This is the picture we have of Harry Gregg from this account and others. However, beyond this outline, the book reveals a self-styled “awkward” character, stubborn, impetuous, but with an enormously strong will and perhaps above all, an overwhelming sense of justice. These characteristics are writ large in this honest account, no doubt helped by Gregg’s own forthrightness and the fact this is his co-authors first book and therefore has not been sanitized to the extent one sees with many. Examples are his coverage of how widespread match-fixing was in the football of the early 1960’s, the illegal selling on of Cup Final tickets and later on the Michael Knighton takeover bid. One should not forget that Gregg’s involvement in football stretched well beyond Munich; his frankness makes it a passionate read albeit always, of course, from one perspective – that of Harry Gregg.

The book includes, as expected, many of the characters and events of football in the 1950’s onwards but often from a fresh angle, partly because of Gregg’s humble football beginnings and partly the fact his international appearances were for the less fashionable Northern Ireland. This content is all of interest to those passionate about football. Nevertheless, time and again the book returns to the central character of Gregg and above all his confrontations: with opposition players, team mates, managers, directors, friends, family and in fact almost anyone he comes into contact with. This is what dominates the narrative. He wears both his physical and verbal bruises as badges of pride. He always seems to be looking for a fight, on his own behalf or for someone else.

Most obviously his ire is focused on Munich and his anger about the way the club treated the victims. However, this righteous anger also falls into a deeper dissatisfaction at times and a perception that he is under-appreciated rankles. All in all though, Harry Gregg has written what he saw. Like an Old Testament prophet, he doesn’t mince his words and one senses that he was not traumatized by self-doubt. When he came to claim the ball he usually got it. I imagine he was the kind of man you valued as a team-mate especially in times of disaster.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to read, 16 Aug. 2010
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A fantastic read that not only United fans would enjoy but all football fans are sure to enjoy it. Harry was a true all round hero.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, 2 Jan. 2012
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The story of a man who faced much adversity on and off the pitch in a dignified manner. Harry Gregg is a person of great integrity and commitment. This book tells a real story and is a world away from the thrashy autobiographies of today's so-called heroes.
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