25 November 2007

Glenn Dunlop

Name: Glenn Dunlop
Born: 12 May 1968, Belfast
Height: 6.01 ft
Weight: 12.07 st
Position: Central Defender

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 1 'B' Cap (1995); Irish League: 1 Cap (1995).
Club Honours: (with Crusaders) Irish League Champion 1994/95, 1996/97; Gold Cup Winner 1995/96; Irish League Cup Winner 1996/97; Ulster Cup Winner 1993/94.

Club Career:
Clubs.... --Seasons-- Signed -League-
Sirocco Works (Amateur League)
Crusaders 91/92-00/01 Aug-91 242(4)/8

Biography:
Still regarded as one of the most accomplished players ever to grace the Irish League, Glenn Dunlop provided the back-bone to one of unfashionable Crusaders' greatest ever sides. Certainly his big frame made him an ideal stopper, but he was also cool and classy ball-playing defender who could surely have made it "across the water".

Signed by Crusaders in the summer of 1991, Dunlop took a season-or-so to establish himself at Seaview. With him as a regular in the first Hatchetmen's eleven the club claimed the Gibson Cup in 1995 and 1997 plus the Gold Cup, Wilkinson Sword Cup and Ulster Cup in a glorious four season spell.

Dunlop's performances were also recognised with representative honours and in February and March 1995 he turned out for Northern Ireland 'B' in a 3-0 defeat by Scotland and the Irish League in a 1-1 draw with the League of Ireland.

Remarkably consistent in his appearance record, Dunlop was called into the Irish League squad to face the League of Ireland in November 2000 only to be ruled out through injury. He returned to the Crusaders first eleven, but it was to be a short come-back. A nasty ankle injury picked up against Newry led to him bringing forward his retirement, set at the end of the 2000/01 season.

Dunlop left Seaview in November 2000 after twelve goals in nearly 400 games. He is still regualarly sited as the epitomy of classy defenders and is regarded as a legend among Crusaders fans.

Northern Ireland B Cap Details:
21-02-1995 Scotland A L 0-3

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1.

Irish League Representative Appearance Details:
07-03-1995 League of Ireland A D 1-1

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 0.

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