Jimmy Dunne

:"For other people with the same name, see Jimmy Dunne (disambiguation)."Infobox Football biography
playername= Jimmy Dunne
fullname = James Dunne


dateofbirth = birth date|1905|09|3
cityofbirth = Ringsend, Dublin 4
countryofbirth = Ireland
dateofdeath = death date and age|1949|11|14|1905|09|03
cityofdeath = Dublin
countryofdeath = Ireland
height = height|ft=5|in=10
position= Forward
youthyears =

youthclubs = Parkview
Riverside Athletic
years = 1923–1925
1925–1926
1926–1934
1934–1936
1936–1937
1937–1942
clubs= Shamrock Rovers
New Brighton
Sheffield United
Arsenal
Southampton
Shamrock Rovers
caps(goals) =
008 00(6)
173 (143)
028 0(10)
036 0(14)
087 0(52)
nationalyears = 1928–1932
1930–1939
1939–194x
nationalteam = Ireland (IFA)
Irish Free State (FAI)
League of Ireland XI
nationalcaps(goals) = 007 00(4)
015 0(13)
006 00(2)
manageryears = 1937–1942
1942–1947
1947–1949
managerclubs = Shamrock Rovers
Bohemians
Shamrock Rovers
pcupdate =
ntupdate = |

James Dunne (September 3 1905 - November 14 1949), commonly referred to as Jimmy Dunne, was an Irish footballer who played for, among others, Sheffield United, Arsenal, Southampton and Shamrock Rovers. Dunne was also a dual internationalist and played for both Ireland teams - the FAI XI and the IFA XI.

Dunne was the first Irishman to figure prominently in the English League scoring records and as a result was idolised by football fans in Ireland. In the 1930–31 season he scored 41 league goals for Sheffield United. This became a club record and remains the most league goals scored by an Irishman during a single English League season. Dunne also scored 30 or more First Division goals in three consecutive seasons between 1930 and 1933. He excelled at either centre forward or inside forward and was outstanding with his head. On September 27 1930 he scored a hat-trick of headers against Portsmouth. He was a fringe member of the great Arsenal side of the 1930s before finishing his career at Shamrock Rovers.

Dunne died suddenly from a heart attack, at the age of 44, on November 14 1949. His two sons, Tommy and Jimmy, also played in the League of Ireland for St. Patrick's Athletic. Tommy also played for Shamrock Rovers. His nephew, another Tommy Dunne, also played for Rovers and another nephew Christy Doyle, played for Shelbourne and the Republic of Ireland.

Club career

Early years

Dunne initially played junior football. However his career was put on hold during the Irish Civil War when he was interned by the Irish Free State authorities for alleged Republican sympathies. His brother, Christy, was an active Republican. He subsequently joined Shamrock Rovers but found himself confined to the reserves. He did, however do enough to impress a scout, who recommended him to New Brighton, then playing in the English Third Division North. Dunne joined New Brighton in November 1925 and made an instant impact, scoring six goals in eight league games.

heffield United

Dunne soon attracted the interest of First Division side Sheffield United who signed him in February 1926. However this marked the start of another apprenticeship in the reserves. He made his first team debut in a 4–0 home win against Arsenal on September 4 1926 but he struggled to hold a regular place and in his first three seasons played just eleven league games. His first goal came against Derby County on October 15 1927. Dunne had to wait three years before he became an established member of the United team and at one stage they put him on the transfer list. It was not until the 1929–30 season that Dunne became a goalscoring sensation. His first hat-trick against Leicester City in a 3–3 draw on September 7 1929 was followed by successive four-goal hauls against West Ham United on New Year's Day (4–2) and Leicester City (7–1) three days later. He scored another hat-trick against Blackburn Rovers on March 3. He finished the season as the clubs top goalscorer with 36 goals in 39 games and his goals helped United avoid relegation on goal average.

Dunne was subsequently top goalscorer at United for four consecutive seasons between 1929 and 1933. This included scoring over 30 First Division goals in three consecutive seasons between 1930 and 1933. His best season was 1930–31, when he scored 41 league goals plus a further nine in other competitions; his 41 goal haul remains the record tally in the English League by an Irishman. Between October 24 1931 and January 1 1932 he scored in twelve successive games with a haul of 18 goals.

Arsenal

Dunne’s goalscoring form with Sheffield United soon attracted the interest of Arsenal. In early 1932 they offered United £10,000 for Dunne but were turned down. However in September 1933, after United hit financial trouble, they accepted a reduced fee of £8,250. Dunne made his debut for Arsenal against Middlesbrough on September 30 1933 in a 6–0 win, and went on to score 9 goals in 23 league games during the 1933–34 season, helping Arsenal win the First Division title. However, the arrival of Ted Drake in the summer of 1934 saw Dunne lose his place in the Arsenal first team, and he would only play another 8 games over the next two seasons. Dunne was dubbed "the most expensive reserve player in English football" in the press, although his Arsenal colleagues clearly recognised his talents, with Cliff Bastin remarking he was "one of the best five centre forwards I had ever seen".

outhampton

In July 1936 Dunne signed for Southampton and was their leading scorer during the 1936–37 season scoring 14 league goals in 36 games. His goals helped Southampton avoid relegation to the Third Division. Dunne turned down the opportunity to renew his contract at Southampton and opted to return to Shamrock Rovers. Eighteen months after leaving the club, Dunne was given a rousing salute by Southampton dockers as he passed through the port with the Ireland team.

hamrock Rovers

In 1937 Dunne returned to Shamrock Rovers as player-manager and was the inspiration behind Rovers winning League of Ireland titles in 1938 and 1939. He won 9 caps during this spell at Milltown. He also helped Rovers win the FAI Cup in 1940. On August 31 1942 Rovers played Belfast Celtic in a testimonial for Dunne which ended in a 2–2 draw. Dunne went on to coach Bohemians between 1942 and 1947 before returning to Rovers once again.

Irish international

When Dunne began his international career in 1928 there were, in effect, two Ireland teams, chosen by two rival associations. Both associations, the Northern Ireland - based IFA and the Irish Free State - based FAI claimed jurisdiction over the whole of Ireland and selected players from the whole island. As a result several notable Irish players from this era, including Dunne, played for both teams.

IFA XI

Between 1928 and 1932 Dunne made 7 appearances and scored 4 goals for the IFA XI. Dunne made his debut for the IFA XI on February 2 1928 in a 2-1 defeat against Wales. He won his second cap for the IFA XI on October 20 1930 against England and scored in a 5–1 defeat. During 1931 he scored a further three goals for the IFA XI and as a result scored 4 goals in four consecutive appearances.

FAI XI

Between 1930 and 1939 Dunne also made 15 appearances and scored 13 goals for the FAI XI. He made his debut for the FAI XI on May 11 1930 in an away game against Belgium. Dunne marked his debut with a brilliant all round performance, scoring twice in a 3–1 win. He also scored on his home debut for the FAI XI on March 17 1936 in a 1–0 win against Switzerland. In May 1936, during a European tour, he scored five goals for the FAI XI. On May 3 he scored twice in a 3–3 draw with Hungary. On May 3 he also scored in a 4–1 defeat to a Rhineland XI and then on May 9 scored twice in a 5–1 win against Luxembourg. On October 10 1937 Dunne scored for the FAI XI in a World Cup qualifier against Norway. Norway, who won the game 3–2, later complained that Dunne was ineligible, having played for the IFA XI, who were not members of FIFA. The complaint was subsequently withdraw and on November 7, Dunne scored in the return which finished as a 3–3 draw. He scored his last goal for the FAI XI in a 3–2 win over Poland on November 13 1938 and made last appearance against Germany on May 23 1939.

Honours

As a player

;Arsenal
*English Champions: 1933–34

;Shamrock Rovers
*League of Ireland winners: 1937–38 and 1938–39
*FAI Cup winners: 1940
*League of Ireland Shield winners: 1937–38 and 1941–42
*Leinster Senior Cup winners: 1938

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-
1926–27
Division One
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
-
-
1927–28
Division One
8
1
0
0
1
1
9
2
-
-
1928–29
Division One
2
2
0
0
0
0
2
0
-
-
1929–30
Division One
39
36
2
2
2
4
43
42
-

1930–31
Division One
41
41
4
5
2
4
47
50
-
-
1931–32
Division One
37
33
2
2
1
0
40
35
-
-
1932–33
Division One
40
26
2
2
1
4
43
32
-
-
1933–34
Division One
5
4
0
0
0
0
5
4
-

-

Total
173
143
10
11
7
13
190
167
-

ources

*"The Boys In Green - The FAI International Story" (1997): Sean Ryan (ISBN 978-1851589395)

External links

* [http://nifootball.blogspot.com/2006/11/jimmy-dunne.html Northern Ireland’s Footballing Greats]
* [http://www.soccerscene.ie/sssenior/player.php?id=246 Ireland (FAI) stats]
* [http://www.shamrockrovers.ie/history.php Dunne and Shamrock Rovers history]
* [http://www.belfastceltic.net/archive/hoops.html Testimonial Game]


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