Tony Dunne.

United legend Tony Dunne passes away

Manchester United is saddened to learn that Tony Dunne, the left-back in our first European Cup-winning team, has passed away. He was 78.

The Irishman is eighth on the overall list of appearance-makers at the club, having played 535 times for the Reds.

He scored two goals, in matches against Newcastle United and West Brom, but made his name for his excellent work at the other end of the field in Sir Matt Busby's great side of the 1960s.

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.

Tony Dunne playing for United.
Tony Dunne in action for the Reds at Old Trafford.

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.

In 1973, he was granted a free transfer from United in recognition of his fabulous service and joined Bolton Wanderers, a club where he later became assistant manager.

Dunne also won 33 caps for Republic of Ireland and his country's Player of the Year award in 1969, rare personal recognition for somebody who was very much a team player. He was clearly among the best full-backs in the club's history.

The thoughts of everyone at Manchester United and, no doubt, many thousands of supporters, are with Tony's family and friends at this sad time.

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