Jimmy Dunn: Creative inside-forward at the heart of Wolverhampton Wanderers' Cup-winning side in 1949

One of the Scottish side dubbed 'The Wembley Wizards' after humbling England 5-1

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Jimmy Dunn followed in his father's footsteps to taste football glory, playing an influential role as Wolverhampton Wanderers lifted the FA Cup in 1949. Both men were creative, goal-scoring inside-forwards, and while Jimmy Snr touched more rarefied heights – he was one of the Scottish side dubbed "The Wembley Wizards" after humbling England 5-1 in 1928 – Jimmy Jnr was no slouch, either, serving the Black Countrymen with dash and guile.

Raised on Merseyside while his father was accumulating silverware with Everton, Dunn signed amateur forms for Wolves in 1941, turning professional a year later. He made his senior entrance as a wing-half in November 1946, then became established as an inside man in 1947-48, also performing on the right wing at need.

He featured in all seven Cup games in the triumphant campaign that followed, forming a potent left-flank partnership with the England international Jimmy Mullen and contributing two goals on the way to Wembley, where Leicester City were beaten 3-1.

Back trouble kept Dunn out for much of the 1949-50 season, when Stan Cullis's vigorous side were pipped to the title on goal average by Portsmouth, but he regained his place for two more seasons before being sold to Derby County for £15,000 in November 1952, having scored 40 goals in 144 games at Molineux.

Injury limited his participation in the Rams' relegation from the top flight that spring and, although he scored 21 times in 52 games, he was released after they finished bottom of the Second Division in 1955. There followed service to Worcester City and Runcorn before he coached successfully at West Bromwich Albion, later becoming a physiotherapist.

James Dunn, footballer: born Edinburgh 25 November 1923; died 31 December 2014.

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