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Last Updated: Monday, 31 December 2007, 10:49 GMT
Linfield legend Dickson has died
Tommy Dickson
Tommy Dickson was a Windsor Park favourite for 17 years
Linfield legend Tommy Dickson died on Monday at the age of 78 following a long illness.

He was named the 'Duke of Windsor' due his brilliant individual skills as a left-sided inside forward who also had a knack of scoring important goals.

He was captain of the famous 1961-62 Seven Trophy Winning team under manager Isaac McDowell.

Capped once for Northern Ireland back in 1956, Dickson made 660 appearances for the Blues and netted 454 goals.

In the twilight of his career and after 17 years at Windsor Park, Dickson moved across town to city rivals Glentoran, playing nine times before he hung up the boots.

Dickson's career began shortly after the Second World War playing for his local side Roosevelt Street Boys Club before moving to Brantwood.

His move to Linfield in the 1947/8 season heralded a brilliant unbroken spell at Windsor.

He made his senior debut against Ballymena United in August 1948 and from that day spawned a wonderfully exciting career which saw Dickson win eight Irish League honours - five Irish Cup winners medals and eight Gold Cup laurels.

Dickson made 21 appearances for the Irish League over a 13-year period, scoring eight goals, including twice in the famous 5-2 defeat of the Football League in April 1956 at his beloved Windsor Park.

His jaunty gait and educated left foot mesmerised defences throughout his career and that is how many fans of all faiths will remember 'The Duke'.



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