Stars lend support to Harry Gregg Foundation

Eamonn Holmes
Eamonn Holmes

Manchester United fanatic Eammon Holmes added his name to the list of ambassadors of the Harry Gregg Foundation this week.

The Northern Ireland television presenter wasn’t present at the glittering launch event back in February, however he sent a special video message in which he called Gregg ‘a giant of a man’.

Sending the Foundation his best wishes at that stage, Holmes said he hoped that another star like Harry would be found through the Foundation ‘to do us proud’.

Holmes said: “Harry you are a giant of a man. I know that you are passionate about football, and you are passing this on through this new Foundation. I hope we can find another youngster to do us proud, just like you did us proud.”

Another name famous face to add his name to the Foundation is Jimmy Nesbitt.

The Coleraine and Manchester United fan said he was ‘honoured’ to accept his role as an ambassador.

Speaking about the high esteem Harry Gregg is held in, the award-winning actor said: “I have been lucky enough to spend some time in and around Old Trafford in the company of Alex Ferguson and the likes, and to listen to the admiration that they have for one of our very own fills me with pride.

“I was introduced to football by my father at an early age, I was told then of the exploits of the man from Windsor Avenue who went on to be a footballing icon.”

As the ambassadors took up their roles, Harry, sporting his Foundation bench coat and trademark baseball cap, took time out to visit the Coleraine Academy Soccer School on Saturday morning.

There was a real buzz in the air as the young footballers met the man himself and for many of the youngsters it was their first time setting eyes on our local hero.

Harry, who was joined by his grandson Harry junior, took time out to get photographs with the budding young stars of the future.