Former Tottenham Hotspur star Dave Dunmore passes away aged 87
Born in Whitehaven in 1934, the Englishman’s goal-scoring prowess at York City caught the eye of a number of clubs. It was ultimately Tottenham who snapped him up in 1954. The North Londoners were then managed by Arthur Rowe, who led us to the Division 1 title in the 1950/51 campaign.
Dunmore’s opportunities were limited thanks to the presence of the legendary Bobby Moore. This coupled with his national service, he never quite reached his full potential at the Lane.
He eventually left Spurs in 1960 and went on to join West Ham United. It was a rather brief spell with the Hammers as Dunmore switched to Leyton Orient a year later. He represented the O’s 147 times between 1960 and 1964, and was a fan favourite who knew how to find the back of the net.
Dunmore scored 54 times for the O’s and was a part of the 1961/62 side that won promotion to the top-flight. He would go on to end that campaign, Leyton Orient’s sole ever season in the first division as their joint-goal-scorer.
Dunmore was survived by his wife Barbara, his children Anne, Peter and Michael, his five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He will be missed.
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While he may not have been the most recognizable name from our illustrious history, Dunmore played his role in making the club into what it is today. We offer our sincerest condolences to his family and hope his soul rests in peace.