Manchester United great Harry Gregg wanted to be remembered as a footballer, not the hero of the Munich air crash, his funeral has heard.

Bobby Charlton, one of the players Gregg pulled from the wreckage of the burning plane, was among mourners who gathered to say farewell to a goalkeeper whose courage in the aftermath of the 1958 disaster is part of club folklore.

Fellow United legends Alex Ferguson and Denis Law also attended the service in Gregg's hometown of Coleraine in Northern Ireland.

The former Northern Ireland international, who was named the best goalkeeper of the 1958 World Cup, died earlier this week aged 87.

He will be forever associated with the tragedy in Munich in February 1958, when a plane transporting Matt Busby's young Manchester United side back from a European game in the former Yugoslavia crashed on a snowy runway after a refuelling stop.

Gregg survived the crash that claimed 23 lives and twice returned to the burning fuselage to drag United teammates and strangers to safety.

He rescued United players Charlton and Dennis Viollet from the BEA Flight 609, as well as a 20-month-old baby and her badly injured pregnant mother.

His funeral coincidentally was held on the anniversary of Duncan Edwards' death. The 21-year-old United and England star was the final victim of the disaster, dying in a Munich hospital two weeks after the tragedy.

Members of the Edwards family attended Gregg's funeral in St Patrick's Parish Church in Coleraine.

The town centre church was packed to capacity, with a large crowd listening outside in the rain.

BBC NI sports presenter Stephen Watson, who accompanied Gregg back to the crash site for a 2008 documentary to mark the 50th anniversary, delivered a eulogy as his widow Carolyn and other family members watched on.

He said the disaster left a scar on the rest of his life as he dealt with the twin torments of guilt and grief.

"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 said.

"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."