Harry Dunn says Robbie Dale was 'paramount' to his success at Blyth Spartans manager
Blyth Spartans legend Harry Dunn says Robbie Dale was “paramount” to his success during his second spell as manager.
Dunn guided Blyth to the third round of the FA Cup in 2009 – hosting then Premier League side Blackburn Rovers, as well as winning a Northern Premier League and Northumberland Senior Cup double.
Dale, whose mural got underway last Tuesday, was signed by Dunn in 2005 and went onto become the club’s all-time record appearance holder with 680.
“When we played away at Bournemouth in the FA Cup, he was as good as anybody on the day,” said Dunn.
“For all it was a 0-0 draw, he did everything he could. He held the ball up, he helped us ticking along - basically he was paramount to everything we did.
“We’d give the ball to Robbie, he’d run the ball into the corner and keep it there for a minute or kill the game dead, he could set a pass or a goal up.
“The game against Shrewsbury, we’d been playing for less than a minute and he flicked the ball through for Shaun Reay.
“The biggest thing for me in that cup run was the fact that when we played Shrewsbury, they hadn’t even watched us and they didn’t have a clue who Robbie was!
“And by the time they realised how big of a problem he was, the game was over.
“He was paramount to everything.
"I suppose in one way, we did build a team around Robbie at times because if it wasn’t for Robbie, we wouldn’t have got as many points as we got!”