A Tribute To Ged Dunn
On this day ….. 8 May
On 8 May 1982, former Redcar RUFC winger Ged Dunn played his last match for Rovers in a 16-15 Premiership semi-final defeat at Widnes. Dunn was a strong and pacy winger, who played, and scored two tries, in the famous 1977 Floodlit Trophy final against St Helens; and played 32 games in the following season’s championship-winning side, scoring 16 tries.
After making his debut from the substitute’s bench at Hunslet in October 1971, Dunn played in 296 games for the Robins. In 56 of these, mainly in the earlier part of his career, he played at centre. Dunn was Rovers leading try scorer in three seasons, his most prolific season being in 1974/75, when, in Rovers’ second division championship winning season, he created a new club record of 42 tries in the season – a record that stood for ten years until beaten by Gary Prohm in Rovers 1984/85 Championship-winning team. In all, Dunn scored 160 tries for Rovers, and stands fifth on the club’s all time try-scoring list. He also won six caps for England in the mid-1970s.
For 33 years until his retirement in 2005, Ged Dunn was a very well-respected PE teacher at the then Bransholme High School. During his time at the school, he coached may aspiring RL players who were to become household names in the city, including Rovers favourites Tracy Lazenby, Chris Harrison, Wayne Jackson and Tich Chamberlain; as well as a host of others who went on to played for the Black & Whites.
When his first team opportunities became limited by the rise of Steve Hubbard, it was only natural that Dunn turned to coaching, and served first as Rovers A team coach in the early 1980s. He then became assistant first team coach to Roger Millward upon the retirement of John Moore in 1986. Dunn continued to work in this role with Millward, until both men left the club at the end of the 1990/91 season. He remains a popular and familiar figure at Craven Park.
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