Former Ireland and Man United star Tony Dunne has died aged 78

Former Ireland and Man United star Tony Dunne has died aged 78

TRIBUTES HAVE been paid to former soccer champion Tony Dunne following his passing at the age of 78.

Dubliner Tony Dunne rose to prominence in the 1960s when he was recruited by Manchester United following a stellar career in the FAI.

He was part of the team that made history for Man United, winning the European Cup for the first time in 1968 after a spectacular 4-1 win against Benfica, also clinching two First Division titles and an FA Cup in his 13-year career with the Red Devils.

A spokesperson for Manchester United yesterday announced his sad passing, paying tribute to "one of our greatest-ever full-backs".

"An integral part of the 1968 European Cup-winning side," they wrote. "A player who made 535 appearances in the red shirt of Manchester United.

"Our heartfelt condolences go to the loved ones of Tony Dunne. May he rest in peace."

Shelbourne FC and Bolton, with whom Mr Dunne also played, offered their condolences to Mr Dunne's family and friends, with a spokesperson for Shelbourne saying he "had a glittering career".

"Shelbourne FC is saddened to send our condolences to the family and friends of former FAI Cup winning Shels player Tony Dunne after his passing," a post on the official page stated.

Former United player Alex Stepney also paid tribute to his former teammate, describing him as a "good friend" and sending his love to all of Tony's family.

Tony Dunne made a whopping 535 appearances as a defender with Manchester United between 1960 - 1972, and was named Irish Footballer of the Year in 1969.

May he rest in peace.