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Richard Patrick Dunne (Irish name: Risteárd Ó Duinn ) (born 21 September 1979 in Tallaghtmarker, Dublinmarker) is an Irishmarker footballer, who currently plays in the Premier League as a defender for Aston Villa. He also plays for the Irish national team.

Club career


Having played schoolboy football in Dublin for Home Farm, Dunne joined Everton as a 15-year-old schoolboy in the 1994-95 season. The next season, he started to play for Everton reserves and in early 1997, Dunne signed a 5-year professional contract. He was part of the successful 1996 FA Youth Cup squad along with Tony Hibbert and Leon Osman.

Dunne made his debut under then manager Joe Royle in 1997, at the age of just 17.

Manchester City

In the autumn of 2000 he was signed by Manchester City for a fee of £3 million. City had signed both Dunne and Laurent Charvet as replacements for right back Richard Edghill who had suffered from a dip in form.

It was in the centre of defence where Dunne made his biggest impact on the team. Dunne had various partners in the centre of defence in his first season at the club and for a few games he played in a three man defence with Andy Morrison and Steve Howey. His first season saw City relegated into the first division and acquire the services of a new manager, Kevin Keegan. Disciplinary problems in 2003 resulted in a club suspension, and his time at Manchester City looked to be over. However, Dunne returned to the first team following an intensive fitness programme, and within a few months gained an international recall.

A number of consistent performances resulted in Dunne receiving Manchester City's Player of the Year award for 2004/05, which he also won in the 2005-6, 2006-7 and 2007-8 seasons, becoming the first person to win City's PotY award four times. The final season's award was surprising as he had received a red card in City's last match of the year against Middlesbrough.

In the 2006 close season, at the age of 26, Dunne was appointed club captain, taking over from Sylvain Distin, amidst rumours of Distin leaving City.

On 18 January 2007, Manchester City teammate Micah Richards said:“Ever since I’ve come to this club Richard has just been quality. I play with him week in, week out and I think he’s one of the best players I’ve played with. I’ve played with John Terry and Rio Ferdinand in the England squad but Richard is right up there with them.”

On July 4, 2008, Dunne signed a new 4 year contract with Manchester City to keep him at the club until 2012.He marked his 29th Birthday with a goal in the 6-0 win against Portsmouth on 21 September 2008.

A match against Wigan Athletic in January 2009 saw Dunne receive the eighth Premier League red card of his career, equalling a record set by Patrick Vieira and Duncan Ferguson.

Aston Villa

Following the Summer 2009 captures of Kolo Touré and Joleon Lescott, it was reported that Dunne could leave the City of Manchester Stadium with Aston Villa the most likely desination. Villa confirmed on 27 August 2009, that they had agreed a fee with Manchester City for the defender. Aston Villa filed the paperwork for the deal before the close of the transfer window but the Premier League announced that the deal could not be "ratified" until 2 September 2009, when the deal was completed.

Dunne's Villa debut came in the 2009 Birmingham derby where Aston Villa beat Birmingham City 1-0, courtesy of a Gabriel Agbonlahor goal. Following the game, Dunne heaped praise on new teammates James Collins, Carlos Cuéllar and Stephen Warnock, claiming that their partnership in defence "seems to have worked reasonably well".

Dunne scored his first goal for Villa on October 5 2009, coincidently, against his former club Manchester City.He was applauded for his sign of respect to Manchester City fans for refusing to celebrate his goal. He scored his second Villa goal later that month in the team's 2-1 home victory over Chelsea.

International career

Richard Dunne made his first International debut for the Republic of Ireland in a 1-0 loss to Greece in a friendly on 26th of April 2000. His first international goal came just two months later in only his third cap as he scored on June 4 against Mexico helping his team come from 2-0 down to drawing 2-2. He was selected by his manager Mick McCarthy to play against the likes of The Netherlands and Portugal during their successful qualification for the World Cup. His first competitive goal for Ireland came against Estonia in a 2-0 win. He was part of the Irish squad that played at the World Cup but the centre half pairing of Steve Staunton, who was made captain following Roy Keanes departure, and Gary Breen was favoured by Mick McCarthy meaning Dunne did not even make an appearance as a subtitute. The emergence of John O'Shea and Brian Kerrs preference of Kenny Cunningham meant that Dunnes chances with Ireland were extremely limited during their unsuccessful Euro 2004 qualification attempt. He did score his third international goal in a friendly against Turkey just prior to the end of the campaign. Dunne again found himself out of favour with Kerr during the qualification for the 2006 World Cup only featuring in the final three matches which included a 1-0 defeat to France, a game that ultimately cost Ireland qualification. Another change of manager for Ireland saw Dunnes former teammate, Steve Staunton, use him during the majority of the Euro 2008 qualification campaign. Early defeats to Germany and a humiliating 5-2 loss to Cyprus, a match in which Dunne scored before giving away a penalty and being sent off, meant qualification always looked beyond the Irish. Dunne only missed three of the twelve matches, due to suspension and injury rather than form. Giovanni Trappatoni was appointed Ireland manager for the 2010 World Cup qualification campaign and with it is has cemented Richard Dunne as Irelands top defender and one of the best players. He played in all ten games helping Ireland finish second and qualify for a play-off whilst also scoring goals in both 1-1 draws with Bulgaria, as well as winning the man of the match award in the game held in Sofia.


  1. The Independent
  2. Dunne is new Club Captain Tim Oscroft,, 2006-07-20. Retrieved 2007-07-22.
  3. Football: Eriksson leads the acclaim for reformed monster Dunne | Football | The Guardian

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