Harry Dunn

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Harry Dunn
Personal information
Full name Harry Dunn
Date of birth (1953-09-05) 5 September 1953 (age 61)
Place of birth County Durham, England
Club information
Current team
Darlington 1883 (scout)
Youth career
Derby County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1975 Bishop Auckland
1975–1981 Scarborough
1981–1983 Blyth Spartans
1983-19?? Bishop Auckland
Teams managed
19??-1995 Bishop Auckland
1995 Blyth Spartans
1995–2004 Whitby Town
2004–2009 Blyth Spartans
2009–2010 Whitby Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Harry Dunn (born 5 September 1953[1] is an English football manager and former player. He was most recently the manager of Whitby Town until October 2010.

Background and playing career[edit]

Dunn was born in County Durham,[2] being brought up in the village of East Howle and attending school in Durham.[3] At the age of 12, Dunn was involved with the youth team of Burnley for four years before joining Derby County.[3]

Dunn made his debut with hometown club Bishop Auckland in 1971,[4] before joining Scarborough in 1975, and soon endearing himself to their supporters.[citation needed] With Scarborough he gained two FA Trophy winners medals, scoring in the 1977 final at Wembley against Dagenham.[5] He made 265 appearances for Scarborough in all competitions, scoring 65 goals.[6]

He is sometimes confused with another long-standing Scarborough player called Harry Dunn, who made over 900 appearances for the club and was already at the club before Dunn joined from Bishop Auckland. To avoid confusion, the new signing was given the fictitious middle initial 'A' to differentiate between the two players.[3][7] Therefore, to Scarborough fans he has always been known as Harry A. Dunn. It was the original Harry Dunn who managed Scarborough in 1982, and between 1984 and 1986, and was clubman of the year in 1970 and 1974, and not Harry A. Dunn as it is often reported.[citation needed]

He joined Blyth Spartans in 1981, winning a Northern League Championship medal before rejoining Bishop Auckland in 1983.[citation needed]

Managerial career[edit]

He was manager of Bishop Auckland until 1993 when he went to Fleetwood Town with Phil Staley.[8] In 1995 he left to manage Blyth Spartans.[9] However, he did not stay long at Croft Park as he was appointed as manager of Whitby Town in December 1995, staying in charge until his sacking in September 2004.[10] He returned to Blyth by October 2004.[11]

On 8 November 2008, his Blyth Spartans side defeated Shrewsbury Town of Football League Two, in the first round of the FA Cup. Blyth then went on to defeat A.F.C. Bournemouth 1–0 in a second round replay at Croft Park before losing 0–1 to Premier League club Blackburn Rovers on the same ground in round three, a game which Dunn refused to be moved to Newcastle United's St James' Park ground.[12] Alongside his managerial duties for Blyth, Dunn worked in a caretaking capacity for a Durham nursing home.[2] On 27 April 2009, Blyth Spartans confirmed that the club would not be renewing Dunn's contract.[13]

Dunn was re-appointed as manager of Whitby Town in May 2009 and resigned on 4 October 2010.[14]

He was appointed as chief scout at Darlington 1883 in June 2012.[15]


  1. ^ "Harry Dunn". www.blythspartansafc.co.uk. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Simon Turnbull (11 November 2001). "Grounds for a Spine-Tingler". Independent on Sunday. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Tash force is not Dunn yet". The Northern Echo. 28 November 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Simon Turnbull (4 January 2009). "Cup heartache is still hard to shoulder for Blyth boys of '78". The Independent. 
  5. ^ "Blyth plot Cherries cup upset". BBC Sport. 28 November 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Player Database 1968 to 2007 surnames A to K". Seadogs Fans. Archived from the original on 23 January 2008. 
  7. ^ Steven Penny (24 January 2004). "Penny's in heaven with Boro". Yorkshire Post. 
  8. ^ Walter Gammie (31 December 1993). "Fleetwood turn to Staley". The Times. 
  9. ^ "1st October 2006 – Harry on his North East Football Award". www.blythspartansafc.co.uk. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Whitby axe boss Dunn". Scarborough Evening News. 7 September 2004. 
    "End of an Era as Dunn Is Sacked". www.nonleaguedaily.com. 7 September 2004. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Bob Moreland (12 October 2004). "Tom's Working Towards a Win". Evening Chronicle. 
  12. ^ Blyth Spartans turn down Newcastle ground as they look for FA Cup home banker
  13. ^ "Harry in Seasiders return a Dunn deal? Have your say.". Whitby Gazette. 12 May 2009. 
  14. ^ "Dunn Leaves Whitby". Evening Chronicle. 6 October 2010. p. A57. 
  15. ^ Craig Stoddart (28 May 2012). "Quakers appoint Gray as new boss". Northern Echo. Retrieved 5 June 2012.