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Tributes paid following the death of former Ireland and Manchester United keeper Pat Dunne


Pat Dunne

Pat Dunne

Pat Dunne

The FAI have paid tribute to former Ireland netminder Pat Dunne who passed away, after a short illness, at the age of 72.

Dunne began his career as a schoolboy player with Stella Maris before moving to England to play with Everton.

He returned to Ireland to play with Shamrock Rovers between 1962-64 and win the League of Ireland, FAI Cup, Shield, Leinster Senior Cup and Dublin City Cup in the 1963-64 season  before moving to Manchester United for a fee of £10,500.

He 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 Argyle 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 U23 level, in 1966, against France.

Pat Dunne is survived by his wife Bernie, sons Derrick and Greg, daughter-in-laws Sarah and Lorraine, and six grandchildren.

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.”

The Chief Executive of the Football Association of Ireland, John Delaney said: “Pat Dunne was a legendary figure to those who followed Irish football during the 1960s and 1970s and was part of the team that came so close to qualifying for the 1966 World Cup. We offer our sympathies to his family and friends and we will honour his memory at our upcoming EURO 2016 qualifier against Germany in the Aviva Stadium.”

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