Tony Dunne

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Tony Dunne
Personal information
Full name Anthony Peter Dunne
Date of birth (1941-07-24) 24 July 1941 (age 78)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Left-back
Youth career
St Finbarr's Drimnagh
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1960 Shelbourne 18 (1)
1960–1973 Manchester United 414 (2)
1973–1979 Bolton Wanderers 170 (0)
1979 Detroit Express 12 (0)
Total 614 (3)
National team
1962–1975 Republic of Ireland 33 (0)
Teams managed
1982–1983 Steinkjer
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Anthony Peter Dunne (born 24 July 1941) is an Irish former footballer who regularly appeared at left-back for Manchester United. He won 33 caps for the Republic of Ireland, playing for the national team during 1962–1975. He was Irish Footballer of the Year in 1969.

Born in Dublin, Dunne played for Stella Maris as a schoolboy Shelbourne from 1958–1960. Having helped Shels win the FAI Youth Cup in 1959, he won the FAI Cup with them the following year, beating Cork Hibernians 2–0 in the final.

A week after the final, he was signed by Manchester United for £5,000.[1] His debut for United came on 15 October 1960 against Burnley. He helped the club win the 1963 FA Cup, the 1965 and 1967 English Football League First Division championships, and the 1968 European Cup. In his United career, he scored two goals and appeared in 530 games, a number bettered only by Ryan Giggs, Bobby Charlton, Bill Foulkes, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Wayne Rooney and Alex Stepney.

He remained at Old Trafford until the start of the 1973–74 season. He then signed for Bolton Wanderers, helping them win the Football League Second Division in 1977–78. At the time, Bolton were being managed by former Manchester United player Ian Greaves.

He joined Detroit Express in the North American Soccer League (NASL) in 1979.

After retiring from professional football, Dunne returned to Bolton as an assistant manager from 1979–1981. He then replaced Bill Foulkes as manager of Steinkjer FK in 1982–1983.

He made his full international debut in the 3–2 home defeat by Austria on 8 April 1962. Over 13 years he took his tally to 33 caps, appearing in both full-back positions and at centre-half. He is not related to goalkeeper Pat Dunne, who also played for Manchester United in the 1960s. He captained his country on four occasions.

Currently, Dunne lives in Sale and runs a driving range in Altrincham.[1]

In October 2011, his former club, Manchester United, paid approximately £44,000 at auction for four medals won by Dunne, including a European Cup medal, an FA Cup medal and two League medals.


Manchester United


  1. ^ a b Cowie. "A Who's Who of Manchester United F.C. – Dunne, Anthony Peter". Red11. Retrieved 15 November 2006.

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