Tony Dunne, the former Manchester United and Ireland left-back, has passed away at the age of 78, it was announced last night.
Dubliner Tony Dunne is eighth on the all-time list of Manchester United appearances, lining out for the club a staggering 535 times after signing in 1960. He went on to win two league titles at Old Trafford and was part of Matt Busby's side that became the first English team to win the European Cup in 1968.
Shelbourne, the Dublin club where Dunne caught the eye of his Mancunian suitors, confirmed the news by tweeting 'Shelbourne FC is saddened to send our condolences to the family and friends of former FAI Cup-winning Shels player Tony Dunne after his passing. Tony had a glittering career winning a European Cup with Manchester United and 33 caps for Ireland. RIP Tony.'
Shelbourne FC is saddened to send our condolences to the family and friends of former FAI Cup winning Shels player Tony Dunne after his passing.
Tony had a glittering career winning a European Cup with @ManUtd and 33 caps for @FAIreland. RIP Tony. pic.twitter.com/SNkXzg59nO
— Shelbourne FC (@shelsfc) June 8, 2020
United followed this up by posting 'One of our greatest-ever full-backs. An integral part of the 1968 European Cup-winning side. A player who made 535 appearances in the red shirt of Manchester United. Our heartfelt condolences go to the loved ones of Tony Dunne. May he rest in peace.'
One of our greatest-ever full-backs. An integral part of the 1968 European Cup-winning side. A player who made 535 appearances in the red shirt of Manchester United.
Our heartfelt condolences go to the loved ones of Tony Dunne. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/M8xYNdqMcU
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 8, 2020
Tributes for the star continued to pour in with Tony Dunne's former teammate Pat Crerand describing him as "quick as lightning" and a "quiet Dubliner"
"Tony Dunne was a great full-back, one of the most underrated players in England. He was quick as lightning and strong in the air for a small fella. A quiet Dubliner, he played over 500 games for United – not bad for someone initially signed as cover." Pat Crerand.
— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) June 8, 2020
RIP to European Cup winning full back Tony Dunne. Passed away at the age of 78. The Republic of Ireland international made over 500 appearances for the Reds and was instrumental in getting the club back to the top in the years following Munich. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/ahCpVqwGze
— Stretford Paddock (@StretfordPaddck) June 8, 2020
Rest in peace Tony Dunne. He played in over 500 games for Manchester United won 2 league titles and a European cup and was one of the clubs best full backs ever and a club legend who played under Sir Matt Busby, May he rest in peace ( Lest we forget ) 🙏 #MUFC_Family pic.twitter.com/tRxcABptoQ
— Man Utd Irish Reds ➐ (@ManUtdIrishReds) June 8, 2020
RIP Tony Dunne - the Denis Irwin of his day according to some who saw him play. Nice little Sunday Indo piece with his family in Dublin before the ‘68 European Cup final (they won). He was planning summer holidays in Skerries. Different times. pic.twitter.com/vzWJDSvudu
— Daniel McDonnell (@McDonnellDan) June 8, 2020
An obituary posted on the Manchester United website reads: 'The Dublin-born defender joined the club in 1960 from Shelbourne in his homeland, making his debut later that year against Burnley.
'It was the beginning of a wonderful spell at Old Trafford,and he started the FA Cup final win over Leicester City in 1963 to collect his first medal with the Reds. He would miss only six league games over the next four seasons and helped United to win the title in 1965 and 1967.
'Of course, Dunne was also heavily involved in the 1968 European Cup success, the first by an English team, as he not only played in the final against Benfica but also featured in every round en route to Wembley.'
Tony Dunne also played 33 times for Ireland between 1962 and 1975. May he rest in peace.
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