It is with deep sadness that we have learned of the passing of Harry Gregg - former United player, hero of Munich and also very special to us as a longstanding patron of M.U.S.T. Harry was a proper hero and a true Manchester United legend. As a Patron of M.U.S.T he showed that he understood what our club meant to its fans. They don't make many like that. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Harry. R.I.P.
As one of the mighty Legends of United, Harry needs very little introduction to supporters. Born on 27th October 1932, in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland, Harry arrived at Old Trafford bearing the tag of The World's Most Expensive Goalkeeper. Prior to leaving Ireland, he was capped at every level, schoolboy, youth, amateur and Inter-League. Strangely, in nine years at United, the only medal he ever won was an F.A.Cup Runners Up medal from the cup final in 1958. As we all know, Harry was a survivor of the Munich disaster, showing unbelievable bravery, saving a 20-month-old baby, a pregnant woman, and trying to revive Sir Matt Busby. He was part of the patchwork team that Jimmy Murphy built after the crash. Even after a horrific shoulder injury, when surgeons said he might never play again, he battled back to fitness, to play against Benfica seven months later. The death of his first wife, Mavis, was a shattering blow, which took a heavy toll. Although Harry was once again United's first choice goalkeeper, he suffered injuries and a very bad car crash, missing most of the 64/65 season, but remained in the first team until Alex Stepney was bought in 1966. In a playing career, which spanned almost two decades, he won 25 International caps for Northern Ireland, assisting his country to the quarter finals of the World Cup in Sweden in 1958, where he was voted the tournament's best keeper. In 1995, Harry was rewarded by his country, receiving an M.B.E in the Queens Birthday Honours List, which he accepted on behalf of the many friends who perished at Munich. We are honoured that such a man accepted our invitation to become an SU/MUST Patron.
Mark Chapman was born in Sale, near Manchester, in October 1973. He works for both Radio 1 and Radio 5 Live and is one of the most well known radio personalities in the country. Mark has been attending United matches since October 1981, his first match being the day United beat Wolves 5-0 and Bryan Robson signed his first contract with the club, there on the Old Trafford pitch. Robbo is Mark’s all time hero.
He says, "It has changed so much from when an eight-year-old boy from Sale, South Manchester was taken to Old Trafford for his birthday by his Dad and fell in love with Manchester United Football Club. Glazer is a businessman. He needs to make money just to cover interest payments on his debt. I am not helping this man make money out of my football club. And that is what it comes down to. He sees it as a business and not a sport. In that respect he isn't that different from a lot of people at the top of the game.The plc kept the club in profit. Glazer has put them in debt. I have kept my ticket for next year because if I gave it up, it would go to somebody who would treat Old Trafford like Disneyland. I can still protest though. I won't buy a programme, or a shirt, or a scarf or a duvet cover for my son."
United's Norwegian striker (and part time Elvis impersonator) will be forever remembered for his winning goal against Bayern Munich in the 1999 European Cup Final. The reds number 20 has been immortalised with his own banner hanging from the Stretford End. Signed by Sir Alex Ferguson for a mere £1.5 million in 1996, Ole soon became an indispensable member of the team that was to go on to win the 1999 Treble. And who could forget his 4 goals in 10 minutes against Notts Forest when he came on as sub? A successful striking partnership with Teddy Sheringham was followed by the arrival of Ruud van Nistelrooy and the duo immediately started to hit it off with Ole scoring 26 goals in their first season together. Recently, injury has blighted his career but with a career record of 115 goals in 199 apearances we are looking forward to the 'Assassin' making his 200th and to many more goals in the red shirt of United.
On being asked to become a Patron of SU/MUST Ole said: "I am honoured. I think it is important that the club remains in the right hands. I am absolutely on the supporters' side and think the club is in very good hands as it is today. I am a United fan myself and only want what is best for the future."
Tony Lloyd is a Labour Party politician and the inaugural Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester. Born in Stretford, and serving as a Trafford councillor from 1979 to 1984, in 1983 Tony was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Stretford, before being selected for the Manchester Central seat when it was created in 1997. As an MP, he was an opposition spokesman between 1987 and 1997, a Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 1997 and 1999, and Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party from 2006 to 2012. Tony continued as a constituency MP until October 2012, when he stepped down to contest the 2012 Police and Crime Commissioner elections in the Greater Manchester Police area.
In 2011, the Manchester Evening News listed Lloyd among its 250 of the Most Influential People in Greater Manchester, describing him as "a major figure on Labour politics in Greater Manchester", and introduced him as "the most powerful man in Greater Manchester" on his victory as the region's inaugural Police and Crime Commissioner in 2012. In a directory of MPs produced by The Guardian, Andrew Roth described Lloyd as "well informed, thoughtful and realistic regionalist and internationalist".
In March 2011 he tabled an early day motion in the House of Commons for Ryan Giggs to be knighted.
His reason for becoming a Patron is that, "In a world of the continued growth of corporate owners of football clubs, the ordinary supporter needs a stronger voice and a collective voice. Shareholders United is a very potent way of making our voices heard."