Manchester United fans say goodbye to the former defender Tony Dunne, one of the heroes of ‘ 68

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Manchester United fans gathered outside Old Trafford stadium today to say goodbye to the former defender Tony Dunne. He died earlier this month aged 78.

Today (Tuesday) Tony’s funeral procession began outside his home in Sale, where he has lived most of his life, and wound its way to Old Trafford, where fans gathered to pay their respects.

A piper led the procession that included a hearse drawn by four horses draped in the Organization of the colors and flowers, which spelled out “husband” and “papi’.

The procession stopped briefly on Sir Matt Busby Way before making his way to the South Cemetery for a service at noon.



Manchester United football player Tony Dunne at Old Trafford, Circa 1971

Born in Dublin, Dunne became a Kingdom after the arrival from Irish side Shelbourne for £ 5,000 and spending 13 years at Old Trafford between 1960-1973.

The left back has started in the famous 4-1 victory over Benfica in the 1968 European Cup final at Wembley and has also been an integral part of the team that has won two league titles and an fa Cup under Sir Matt Busby.

Dunne made 535 appearances for the Reds – more than any other player outside of the UK and the eighth highest in the club’s history.

He then moved to Bolton Wanderers, where he is also very appreciated of the fans after helping to win the second division title in 1978.

He ended his career as a player in the North American Soccer League, the Detroit Express in 1979.



Tony Dunne’s funeral procession on Sir Matt Busby Way



He also earned 33 caps for the Republic of Ireland, and was named Irish footballer of the year in 1969.

At the time of retirement Dunne returned to Bolton for a two-year stint as assistant director from 1979 to 1981 before venturing into his only job in management with Norwegian side Steinkjer between 1982-1983, where he took over from his former team-mate Bill Foulkes.

Another ex-back, Danny Higginbotham was one of the first to pay tribute to Dunne, as he wrote on Twitter: “So sad to hearing the news of the death of Tony Dunne.

“He was a fantastic man and I fought a lot as a kid. He owns a driving range in Altrincham and me and my friends would always pinch the balls by putting our hands through the fence as you do.



United 1963 FA Cup triumph: Tony Dunne, Bobby Charlton, Noel Cantwell, Pat Crerand, Albert Quixall, David Herd and Johnny Giles celebrate with the trophy after the match

“Anyway, he snuck up on us one day and scared the life out of us and told us in no uncertain terms that if he caught us again, and then there would be big trouble.

“To be a small child, I asked him that if I collected the balls and brought them back to him might hit us. Surprisingly, he said yes and before I knew it I had built a relationship with him and each time, me and my friends returned the balls to hit, we would also like to get a nice chicken soup from the vending machine, and he could talk to us about his career.



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“This has continued for years and it was amazing to me to hear great stories of his time as a player and of course a european Cup winner in this gorgeous 1968 team. RIP Tony, a young star hit a golf ball collector!! “

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