Charlie Dunn was a pacy back row forward who joined Gloucester from local club Coney Hill RFC in his mid-twenties after WWII. He was a regular first choice for the five seasons 1945-50. His appearances for Gloucestershire included a winning semi-final against Middlesex at Kingsholm in 1948-49.
Charlie was a renowned character who was often seen leaving his work at the last minute to rush to Kingsholm to play on Saturday or Thursday evenings. He was well known in the area having held various occupations which included serving on boats on the River Severn, giving a helping hand at Gloucester Cattle Market and working for the local Council. He was popularly known as ‘Jigger’ Dunn.
He was prepared to turn his hand to anything on the rugby field too, appearing on the wing on several occasions and at prop in lesser fixtures!
He made his debut for Gloucestershire in December 1948 in a crucial match against Somerset, which the county won 12-0 to reach the semi-finals of the Championship. He scored a try, outpacing the backs to touch down and prompted the Citizen reporter to write “One man who came into the team for the first time is not likely to be left out again. That man is Charlie Dunn who more than justified his place.”
Charlie Dunn retired at the end of the 1949-50 season, having made 159 appearances and scored 32 tries in his five years at the club.
Charlie passed away on 19 Dec 2014, and many members of his familiy have posted their thoughts in the Comments section, below. In addition they have written:
“TO one of the greatest legend’s ever lived my dear Great Gramp Charlie…
your missed and loved so much by us all…..
And I’m sure you would of been more than proud of your service Friday
We will hold and treasure your memories
may you Rest In Peace….
Danielle Dunn/ jones, Kevin