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Farewell Dunney And See You Next Month!



Richard Dunne, so often City's one man team during this decade's darker days has signed for Aston Villa bringing to an end an era that assures him legendary status with The Blues...

The hapless Football Association finally confirmed all the paperwork was in order this lunchtime, bringing to a close Manchester City's unprecedented transfer activity for the year.

Dunney endured the bad times and rode the waves of the good times at City since he signed for JR in 2000 from Everton. We moved home, swapped owners, divisions and managers and rediscovered top flight continuity yet throughout it all, Dunney was always there, very often the last man standing as the ceiling caved in around him. Towards the end of some seasons, without his heroics we would have been sure fire relegation certs.

Before that wretched last season, Dunney won City's Player of The Year award a consecutive four times. Proof enough of his ability and recognition of his efforts, his captaincy coinciding with us becoming re-established as Premier League regulars as we dished out a few beatings to the rags along the way.

Fast forward to 2009 and City are a club utterly transformed from the one Dunney's car pulled up outside in Moss Side nine years back next month.

Dunney maintained recently that he very much wanted to remain a part of this stunning transformation. But it wasn't to be as Mark Hughes' far reaching radical overhaul of the City squad reached it's conclusion this week.

This cannot have been at all easy for the big man but to his absolute credit he has maintained his professionalism when he could have followed the behaviour of certain City stars who in recent years have seen fit to either sulk or go to the media via agents to register their unrest rather than do their talking on the training ground and the pitch. From Anelka through Elano to Petrov in one sentence.

Richard Dunne went from Johnny off the rails, put right by Mad Kev, to becoming an absolute ambassador for Manchester City. I can't think of a better word to describe his efforts as a Blue and as Manchester City's Captain.

The crying shame in all this is that he won't get the chance to lift the trophy his Blue hearted battling merited and richly deserved.

A proper send off would have also been in order, but the pace of the new campaign and circumstances surrounding certain transfers this summer seem to have put paid to that.

Travelling Blues who chanted Dunney's name at Selhurst Park and Fratton Park last week will get the chance to do so again at Villa Park for the Monday night league clash with Villa in four weeks time.

We can be sure, as can our Villa pals that the big Irishman will be giving his all against us that night.

'He's Here, He's There....'

Thanks for the memories, skipper and all the best from the Vital MC online community.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 2 2009

Time: 1:50PM

Your Comments

I wish him the best of luck for his future career with Aston Villa and the Republic of Ireland as he had been a top player for City over the years. I think that he will improve for the fresh challenge at Villa as he will have to compete for a place there as opposed to the almost guaranteed place that he had at City, but I do think that we at City have enjoyed the best years of the big mans career and we even managed to double our money on him. Thanks for the memories and your efforts over the years Richard and I sincerely wish you the best of luck in the future.
Kevinho
The Official Site has released a classic Dunney Video: http://www.mcfc.co.uk/Video
Johnny Baguette
His move is not a downward step it is at least to a decent Villa team and no doubt he will show next month what we have missed from him this season an own goal. seriously I wish the big man the best for the rest of his career and he will always be welcome at City.
Buzz Lightyear
good luck dunney i for one will remember the good times you gave city and the loyal times also...JB great video on the city website mate and thats how i would like people to remember dunney.
bluemooner_mcfc
More chance of winning things at the Villa in a team built with team spirit in mind. All credit MON and Lerner for doing things the right way.
olofthegreat
Which ways that then?!
Johnny Baguette
olofthegreat - Hahahaha, we've found a good comedian here blues! Our excellent team spirit has been commented on by the experts this season and has been a big part in our 100% record in all competitions with zero goals conceded. We also have the deepest pockets in the league so City are the team more geared to success in the immediate and long-term future. Villa had their chance last year to break to top 4 and blew it. If your closing line is a dig because Chelsea and Everton tried to make our confidential transfer business public in a desperate attempt to keep their players (1 succeeded, 1 didn't), then more fool you.
Kevinho
My point is Kevinho that I personally would rather my team continue to do things the way they are doing them, as much as I'd love to see the likes of Tevez and Robinho at Villa. I may have been over zealous in saying that Dunne has more chance of winning things with us, but I feel that O'Neill and Lerner are building a squad sensibly, holding back on going all guns blazing. It feels like the correct way to do things. But of course I'm secretly jealous of all your 'wow' signings! Good luck to you guys, I would hate to see a decent club like city bankrupted by the whims of a rich bloke flashing the cash until he gets bored.
olofthegreat
Fair enough olofthegreat and cheers for your good luck message. It looked like you were taking a dig with 'the right way' bit, as Moyes used similar language when describing our pursuit of Lescott despite it being Everton who made our bids public knowledge on each occasion.
Kevinho
Imagine if Villa finish Above City this season... I want to see the look on Barry's face, thats all i want.
Villa 4 Ever
I have never paid too much attention to Man City and Dunne over the years, so this article was quite an insight into the type of player we have bought. I am very hopeful that he will slot straight into our back four and be the commanding presence that Villa have missed so much. Quick question - how is he in terms of communication to other defenders, to his goalie and to midfielders who have defensive jobs to do? Great article, look forward to our big game!
Mikey D-Man
best of luck risteaird :) i shed a tear today when i heard the news.enjoy life with villa and i'll be cheerong you & the rest of the lads on saturday night :)
mcfcirish
thanks dunny for everything but i honestly hope from now on your crap
humpty
Villa for ever, that means Villa will win the Premiership if they finish higher than City this season, brilliant that means two of the so called top 4 will be suffering like the rest of us have been for years since Blackburn won it.
Buzz Lightyear
lol buzz....thats exactly what i was going to post mate lol
bluemooner_mcfc
I think he's been magnificent for City as a player and ambassador - ok there have been blips but when you're a central defender and the ball keeps on coming back at you cos the forwards and midfield keep losing it then percentage-wise the chance of you making an error increases. Shame the video didn't include his backheel by the touchline to set up a cross and goal when we were in the First, lovely!
DJDD
 

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