Manchester Football Clubs

Tony Dunne

Born Anthony Peter
Dunne on 24 July 1941 in Dublin, he was one of the Manchester United
“Busby Babes” in the 1960s and became a celebrated left-back
defender. He was signed by Manchester United for £5000 and made
his debut appearance on 15 October 1960. Later, when he was part of
the team selected for the 1963 FA Cup Final against Leicester City,
he won his first cup winner’s medal. Subsequently, he became a regular
first team player, having missed only six league games in the next
four seasons. He also played when United won the title in 1965 and
1967 as well as the 1968 European Cup.
He remained at Old Trafford until the start of the 1973-74 season,
before departing in August 1973 to play for Bolton. With Bolton he
went on to play more than 200 matches, some of more than 700 league
appearances he accumulated during his professional career. He was
also awarded 33 Republic of Ireland caps in an international career
spanning 14 years. He was named “Irish Footballer of the Year”
in 1969. He joined Detroit Express in the North American Soccer League
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 FC in 1982. Latterly Dunne has been living
in Sale in south Manchester and runs a driving range in Altrincham.
In October 2011 United paid approximately £44,000 at auction
for 4 medals won by Dunne, including a European Cup medal, an FA Cup
medal and two league medals.


Denis Irwin

Denis Irwin was
born on the 31 October 1965 in Cork, Ireland. As a schoolboy he excelled
at both Gaelic football and hurling, and played at Croke Park. Irwin
began his professional career in 1983 at Leeds United and went on
to make 72 appearances with the club. He then moved to Oldham Athletic
in 1986 and helped the team reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup and
the final of the Football League Cup in 1990.
Soon afterwards he transferred to Manchester United for a fee of £625,000,
where he played in a defender role. Irwin was noted as a formidable
penalty kicker, the scourge of many a goalkeeper. He represented Ireland
in the 1994 World Cup in America. In all he scored just 4 goals in
56 appearances for Ireland and retired from international football
in January 2000.
His last appearance for Manchester United at Old Trafford was on 12
May 2002, Alex Ferguson having awarded him the captain’s armband for
the occasion. He went on to join Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2001 and
scored twice in his first season at Wolves, against Burnley and Grimsby.
After Wolves were relegated from the Premier League in 2003 Irwin
announced his retirement.
Since 2004, he has worked at Old Trafford as a presenter at MUTV as
well as in coverage of several football tournaments on Ireland’s RTE
television service. He is also a columnist with Ireland’s “Sunday
World” newspaper and contributed to RTE’s coverage of the
2010 World Cup.

Arthur Albiston

Albiston was born on the 14 July 1957 in Edinburgh. He joined Manchester
United as an apprentice in July 1972, turning professional in July
1974 and made his debut in a League Cup Third Round match against
local rivals Manchester City in 1974. In all he made 485 appearances
over 14 years, playing at left back, and scored six goals. He helped
the club win the FA Cup in 1977, 1983 and 1985. Albiston left Manchester
United in August 1988 for West Bromwich Albion,
His first match with Albion was in a league match away at Leicester
City early in the 1988-89 season, and he went on to make 47 appearances
and score two goals that season, after which he returned to his homeland
to sign for Dundee. Later he went on to play for Chesterfield, Chester
City, Molde in Norway and then Ayr United.
He retired from senior football in 1994. He also later joined non-League
sides Sittingbourne, Witton Albion and Droylsden. Albiston also earned
14 caps for Scotland including one game at the 1986 World Cup against
Uruguay. On retirement from professional football in 1996, Albiston
managed Droylsden and was a junior coach at Manchester United from
2000 to 2004. He currently works for Manchester United’s official
television channel, MUTV.


Steve Bruce

Born Stephen Roger
Bruce on the 31 December 1960 in Newcastle upon Tyne and won eight
international caps the England Youth Team. He was a promising schoolboy
footballer from the start and was offered a trial with Gillingham
which resulted in an apprenticeship with the club, before going on
to play more than 200 games for them before joining Norwich City in
1984. In 1987, he moved to Manchester United, with whom he achieved
great success, winning the Premier League, FA Cup, Football League
Cup and European Cup Winner’s Cup. However, despite his self-evident
playing skills, he was never selected to play for the England national
team. In a long professional football career stretching from 1977
to 1999, Bruce has played for several clubs including Gillingham (1977-1984),
Norwich City (1984-1987), Manchester United (1987-1996), Birmingham
City (1996-1998) and Sheffield United (1998-1999). He has played in
737 matches and scored 81 goals.
Bruce began his managerial career with Sheffield United, followed
by Huddersfield Town, Wigan Athletic and Crystal Palace before joining
Birmingham City in December 2001. Under his management Birmingham
were promoted to the Premier League in that season. He also captained
Manchester United to successive Premiership titles in the 1990s. Later,
as manager of Sunderland, following a bad run in which Sunderland
won just two games in thirteen he was dismissed on 30th November 2011.
In 98 games in charge of Sunderland, Bruce won 29 matches, drew 28
and lost 41.


Jack Rowley

Born John Frederick
Rowley on the 7th October 1920 in Wolverhampton, he had several incarnations
in professional football including as a player, a manager and forward.
He was a formidable striker for the Manchester United team from the
1930s to the 1950s. Nicknamed “The Gunner” because of his
prolific and explosive goal scoring, putting some 208 goals in the
back of the net in 422 appearances for United.
Jack Rowley departed the club in 1955 to become player/manager of
Plymouth Argyle. Later, he went on to manage Oldham Athletic, who
were promoted to the Third Division under his management in 1963.
After Oldham he managed AFC Ajax for the 1963-64 season, before returning
to Britain to manage Wrexham, Bradford, and a second spell at Oldham.
This final move marked the end of his managerial career and he retired
in 1969. Rowley was capped a total of 6 times for England, scoring
6 goals at international level, 4 of which came against Northern Ireland
in November 1949. He died in Shaw, Oldham on 28 June 1998 aged 77


Gary Pallister

Gary Andrew Pallister
was born on 30 June 1965 in Ramsgate, Kent. As a young player, his
football career began at non-league Billingham Town. At age 19, he
joined Middlesbrough, playing in central defender position. With this
team he made 156 League appearances, promoted to the Football League
Second Division in 1987 and First Division in 1988, with a seven-game
loan spell at Darlington in 1985.
Pallister began his nine-year stay at Manchester United on 29 August
1989 for a fee of £2.3million, a national record for a defender
and the second highest fee paid by a British club at that time. He
was also capped 22 times by England between 1988 and 1996. He transferred
in July 1998 back to Middlesbrough for the sum of £2.5million
– more than he had cost United to purchase his skills in the first
place. His final playing season, in which Middlesbrough finished 14th
in the table, was season 2000-2001. He was brought back to Teesside
by manager Bryan Robson, who had played alongside Pallister at Old
Trafford until 1994.
On 4 July 2001, at the age of 36, he was forced to retire from playing
due to a succession of injuries – just three weeks after the appointment
of Steve McClaren as manager. He has since become a regular TV football
commentator, appearing on the BBC and ITV. In September 2010, Pallister
became an Operations Director with his former club, Darlington.


Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo
was born on 5th February 1985 on the Island of Madeira, Portugal.
He grew up in Funchal, capital city of Madeira and began playing soccer
for the local youth team where his dad was the team equipment manager.
At the tender age of 12 Cristiano moved to Lisbon in mainland Portugal,
to play for Sporting Lisbon’s youth team. Here, under a wider spectator
audience, his dazzling footwork and goal-scoring abilities soon saw
him hailed as a sporting superstar. By the age of 17 he played his
first game for Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese Super League.
Cristiano’s talent had also come to the notice of Manchester United
manager, Alex Ferguson, who bought him from Sporting Lisbon for the
sum of £12million in 2003, which was a record fee for a player
of his age. In the 2004 FA Cup final, he scored Manchester’s first
three goals and helped them capture the championship.
In 2009 he transferred to Real Madrid for a record around £80million
fee. Cristiano had great success playing for both United and for Portugal,
but he had long wanted to play football in Spain and currently plays
at Milan .



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