Manchester United legends Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson and Denis Law were among the mourners at the funeral of football hero and ex-Carlisle manager Harry Gregg today.

The former Northern Ireland goalkeeper and Blues boss from 1986-7 was laid to rest after a service at St Patrick's Parish Church in Coleraine.

Gregg was regarded as a hero for helping save team-mates and other passengers after the Munich air disaster of 1958, in which 23 people were killed.

Sir Bobby was one of the players Gregg helped rescue from BEA Flight 609.

He also saved a 20-month-old baby and her injured pregnant mother.

BBC Northern Ireland sports presenter Stephen Watson, who delivered a eulogy, said Gregg was tormented by guilt and grief after Munich.

"Harry Gregg's notoriety because of the Munich air crash came at a price - it cast a shadow over his life that he found difficult to dispel, but he always carried it with grace," he told a packed church.

"Harry was determined that even though Munich shaped his destiny, it would not shape his life.

"Harry's actions, though, on the runway that fateful day meant he transcended sporting greatness.

"He was called the Hero of Munich, but he always wanted to be remembered simply as a footballer and a coach of some repute.

"In his own words: 'I'm Harry Gregg from 34 Windsor Avenue in Coleraine who played football - I was useful on some days and rubbish on others. That's how I want to be remembered. Not for something that happened on a spur of a moment'.

"Harry Gregg. What an incredible man, and what a remarkable life. We will never forget you. We celebrate your life today."

Carlisle are adding their own tributes to Gregg by holding a minute's silence before tomorrow's home game against Morecambe.

The former United manager also features on the cover of the matchday programme.

Blues chairman Andrew Jenkins this week suggested Gregg, who was made an MBE and an OBE, should have been knighted for his actions at Munich.

In his playing days Gregg made 247 appearances for Manchester United and 25 times for Northern Ireland, including in the 1958 World Cup.

He managed Shrewsbury, Swansea and Crewe before joining Carlisle as a coach under Bob Stokoe, then stepping up to take charge in 1986.

After leaving United the following year he set up his own foundation aimed at helping young people get into sport.

Sir Bobby Charlton this week said: "Harry Gregg was a fantastic goalkeeper but more importantly an incredible human being. I was proud to call him a team-mate."