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Irish football legend Tony Dunne puts family first in sale of sporting memorabilia

Football legend Tony Dunne is selling his treasured memorabilia in an effort to raise €80,000 for his family.

The former Irish international and Manchester United star is selling off items from his glory days when he played for the club between 1960 and 1972 at auction on October 5.

He told the Irish Independent yesterday that although he doesn't want to let go of the items, the money raised will provide for his family.

Mr Dunne (70) who lives with his wife Anne, in Sale, Cheshire, has three children and four grandchildren.

He didn't specify exactly why the money was needed but said that it was not for him.

"It's not something anyone really wants to do, it's just something that happens and it has to be done. I'd rather I'd gone out before they were sold but I am old enough to be realistic.

"There are great memories with them for me, but it is mainly for me, and this will help part of my family.

"I don't have a problem with that because I had all the enjoyment of getting them and if I can help somebody in these times, well, I'm getting to the stage where I'll go with my memories anyway.

The lot includes a shirt that Mr Dunne wore when United beat Benfica in the 1968 European Cup final and a Brazilian shirt belonging to Jairzinho, from a 1974 match. Dublin native Mr Dunne played for Ireland 33 times and the lot also includes a 1975 marble shamrock-shaped FAI trophy and a number of his Ireland caps.

The collection will go under the hammer at Bonhams, in Chester, on October 5.

Belfast Telegraph