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David John Ian Dunn (born 27 December 1979 in Great Harwoodmarker, Lancashiremarker) is an Englishmarker footballer who currently plays for Blackburn Roversmarker.

Club career

Blackburn Rovers

Dunn joined Blackburn Roversmarker as a trainee at the beginning of 1997 and made his debut during a goalless draw with Everton on September 26 1998. Dunn came off the bench after 70 minutes, but was taken off again on 81 minutes, due to the sending off of a Blackburn player. Whilst Dunn was a trainee at Blackburn he cleaned former Rovers keeper Christian McCrone's boots.

Dunn's first goal came in a 3–1 victory against Aston Villa on February 26 1999, but the team was subsequently relegated in this, his first full season.

His best season in a Blackburn shirt would appear to be 2000–01, when he played a big role in helping the club to automatic promotion from Division 1. That year saw Blackburn entertain local team Rochdale in the Worthington cup where Dunn scored a hat-trick from the penalty spot, reported by Sky Sports as a World's First. He reached double figures in terms of goals in 2000, and continued his good form in 2001–02 when the club won the League Cup.

Dunn starred in Rovers return to the Premier League, putting in a string of impressive performances, notably in the 7–1 battering of West Ham and the thrilling 3–3 draw at Arsenal, where he managed to score two goals, one a last minute equalizer. Many pundits demanded he gain international recognition for his fantastic form, so it was a surprise when he was overlooked by then-England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson for many friendlies.

Dunn was at one time dubbed "the New Gazza", a testament to his flair and technical ability. A string of fine performances in 2001 put Dunn in contention for a call-up to the England squad, but he did not win his first cap until September 2002, when he replaced Kieron Dyer. He impressed against Portugal but has not been given another chance on the big stage since.

Dunn began the 2002–03 season in dazzling form but a loss of form and being made to play on the right wing did not help his cause and he fell out with then-Blackburnmarker manager Graeme Souness. Subsequently, Dunn was ready to move on to another club in the summer of 2003.

Blackburn initially rejected offers from a number of clubs, but Birmingham's revised bid of £5.5 million was accepted, and Dunn moved to the West Midlands in time for the start of the 2003–04 season.

Birmingham City

After signing a four-year contract, Dunn's Birmingham career started brightly with a debut goal in the 1–0 victory over Tottenham on 16 August 2003.

A niggling hamstring sustained in February 2004 meant that Dunn spent much of the second half of that season on the sidelines. The beginning of 2004–05 again saw Dunn quickly re-establishing himself in the heart of the Birmingham midfield and chipping in with some vital goals. A recurrence of Dunn's hamstring problems in November 2004 limited him to just a handful of performances for the remainder of 2004–05 and kept him out of the side until midway through 2005–06.

Ultimately, Birmingham were relegated from the Premier League with Dunn still not returning to fitness.

In October 2006, Dunn was linked with a return to Blackburn in the upcoming transfer window. However, both Dunn and Rovers manager Mark Hughes denied this.

Return to Blackburn Rovers

In January 2007, Dunn looked set to return to Lancashire in a transfer to Bolton after manager Sam Allardyce negotiated a fee for the midfielder, but on January 17, it was revealed that Dunn had turned his back on Bolton, having already passed his medical, in favour of a return to hometown club Blackburn for an undisclosed fee believed to be £2.2 million.

He managed to play a small part in the remainder of the 2006–07 season and managed to earn a free kick against Sheffield United which led to Rovers scoring a last minute winner.

On February 3 2007, he played his first Premiership match since his return to Rovers against Sheffield United.

Dunn was a regular for Rovers in the 2007–08 season, in which he made 31 league appearances and scored once, against Arsenal. He was appointed vice-captain by new manager Paul Ince for the 2008–09 season, but the player managed only 17 appearances in all competitions, scoring once, in a season disrupted by niggling injuries. Despite missing the first two games of the 2009–10 season Dunn returned in the League Cup against Gillingham and scored on his return. He went on to score four goals in six games.

Club career statistics

Blackburn

(correct as of 22 November 2009)
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Blackburn Roversmarker 1998-99 14 1 5 0 0 0 19 1
1999–00 22 2 4 1 0 0 26 3
2000–01 42 12 10 6 0 0 52 18
2001–02 29 7 7 1 0 0 36 8
2002–03 28 8 4 0 4 0 36 8
2006–07 11 0 3 0 2 0 16 0
2007–08 31 1 3 0 4 0 38 1
2008–09 15 1 2 0 0 0 17 1
2009–10 9 5 2 1 0 0 11 6
Total 201 37 40 9 10 0 251 46


Personal life

Dunn has a daughter, Mia, with his ex-fiancee, Emmerdalemarker actress Sammy Winward, and a son, Isaac.

Honours

Blackburn Roversmarker


References

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