Fitzgerald pays tribute to former Irish ’keeper Dunne
Tributes have been paid to former Ireland international goalkeeper Pat Dunne who died yesterday, after a short illness, aged 72.
A former Stella Maris schoolboy player, Dunne signed for Everton before returning to Ireland and playing for Shamrock Rovers from 1962 to 1964. He was part of the Shamrock Rovers team which won the League of Ireland, FAI Cup, Shield, Leinster Senior Cup and Dublin City Cup in the 1963-64 season.
Dunne then joined Manchester United and won the English League First Division title in his first season and then won Player of the Year at Plymouth Argyle in 1968 after his first season there. He made 45 appearances for Manchester United and 152 for Plymouth before returning to Shamrock Rovers in 1970. After eight years at Rovers he then became player manager at Thurles Town and Shelbourne.
Dunne also won five caps for Ireland and played in the World Cup play-off against Spain in Paris in 1965. He also played in Ireland’s first ever game at U-23 level, in 1966, against France.
The President of the Football Association of Ireland, Tony Fitzgerald, said: “Pat Dunne was a great servant to Irish football and one of the few to win league medals in England and Ireland. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this sad time.”
Elsewhere, Shamrock Rovers have expressed disappointment after it was confirmed that RTé would broadcast their league meeting with Dundalk on October 9 despite a request from the Tallaght club for the live TV cameras to stay away from their games for the rest of the year.
The Hoops hierarchy took the action after concluding that each broadcast was costing them in the region of €10,000 in gate money and they were supported in their stance by Dundalk.
However, RTé have pressed ahead with plans to show a game which could see Dundalk crowned as champions, although the match will kick off at 7.45pm – not the unpopular 7.05pm or 7.25pm starts which have heightened frustrations.