Manchester United paid goalkeeper Pat Dunne just £35 a week in the 1960s... as the Irish international's contract offer is posted online

  • Pat Dunne played for Manchester United for three seasons in the 1960s
  • He was part of the team which won the First Division in 1964-65
  • During his time at Old Trafford Dunne was paid wages of £35 a week 
  • His grandson has found a letter informing Dunne of a contract renewal

Manchester United's quest to regain the Premier League title saw them spend £100million on Paul Pogba in the summer and commit to paying the Frenchman £300,000 a week.

But in 1965, they were able to tie down an important member of the team which would go on and win the First Division title that season for the modest sum of just £35 a week, equivalent to £640 in today's money. 

The player in question was Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Pat Dunne, who signed for the club from Shamrock Rovers for £10,500 in 1964 and had done enough to secure a new contract by April the following year.

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Goalkeeper Pat Dunne spent three seasons playing for Manchester United in the 1960s

Goalkeeper Pat Dunne spent three seasons playing for Manchester United in the 1960s

Dunne, pictured playing at White Hart Lane, was paid £35 a week during his days at United

Dunne, pictured playing at White Hart Lane, was paid £35 a week during his days at United

The letter accompanying Dunne's contract renewal was posted by his grandson's friend

The letter accompanying Dunne's contract renewal was posted by his grandson's friend

That two-year extension netted him £35 a week and has now been shown to the world by one of Dunne's grandsons, with a friend posting an image of it on Reddit.

PAT DUNNE'S CAREER 

1960–62: Everton

1962–64: Shamrock Rovers

1964–67: Manchester United

1967–70: Plymouth Argyle

1967: Boston Rovers (loan)

1970–78: Shamrock Rovers

1978–80: Thurles Town

1980–81: Shelbourne 

The wage received by Dunne is, of course, a direct contrast to the many millions of pounds earned by the likes of Pogba and other footballers today.  

For example, it would have taken Dunne nearly a year and a half - or 468 weeks to be precise - to earn Pogba's weekly wage when his earnings at the time are compared to the modern day. 

The letter from United's club secretary politely informed the Irishman of the Red Devils' desire to extend his deal, before inviting him to discuss the contract with the club's manager of the day, Sir Matt Busby.

The letter reads: 'In accordance with Football League and Football Association Rules, I beg to advise you that the club desire to retain your services and wish to offer you a two year contract on the terms stated below with the option of a further two years as provided by the new agreements.

United's legendary manager Sir Matt Busby offered Dunne the contract back in 1965

United's legendary manager Sir Matt Busby offered Dunne the contract back in 1965

Dunne claims the ball for United at Old Trafford in a Fairs Cup game against Strasbourg

Dunne claims the ball for United at Old Trafford in a Fairs Cup game against Strasbourg

In contrast, Paul Pogba is believed to be earning £300,000 a week for Manchester United

In contrast, Paul Pogba is believed to be earning £300,000 a week for Manchester United

'Forms are available at this office, if you wish to discuss any matter with Mr Busby he will be available any morning at the ground.' 

The newly-discovered two-year contract proved to be Dunne's last at United as, in 1967, he was sold to Plymouth for £5,000.

From there he returned to Shamrock in his homeland and played another 150 games before entering into the club's hall of fame in the 1997-98 season and then becoming goalkeeping coach in 2004.

He died following a short illness in 2015. 

 

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