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|Author:||JeanMarc [ Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:40 am ]|
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Name: Dennis Tueart
Clubs: Manchester City (1974-1978), New York Cosmos (1978-1979)
Position: *SMF, WB, AMF, WF
Age: 25-30 years (27/11/1949)
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 69 kg
Top Speed: 86
Dribble Accuracy: 85
Dribble Speed: 82
Short Pass Accuracy: 82
Short Pass Speed: 77
Long Pass Accuracy: 83
Long Pass Speed: 79
Shot Accuracy: 80
Shot Power: 83
Shot Technique: 83
Free Kick Accuracy: 75
Keeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 82
Injury Tolerance: B
Weak Foot Accuracy: 6
Weak Foot Frequency: 6
Growth Type: Standard
P12: Incisive Run
SPECIAL ABILITIES: Reaction - Side
Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Balanced
Dennis Tueart was English midfielder most notably playing with Manchester City. He was very skillful and fast player. He was most comfortable on the right side of midfield but he also played in centre of midfield showing also good skills in playmaking. He used to play for Cosmos even deeper on right side changing all the way positions with Ricky Davis to cover all positions on right side from defence to attack. He had solid physicall strength and also was taking corner kicks.
He first came to the nation's attention as a member of Sunderland's 1973 FA Cup winning team. In March 1974 Tueart signed for Manchester City. In 1978, he crossed the Atlantic to join New York Cosmos, where he remained until 1980, when he re-signed for Manchester City. Tueart was a winger and was part of the winning team in the 1976 League Cup final, memorable for him scoring with a spectacular overhead kick. He finally left Manchester City as a player at the end of the 1982-83 season, following City's relegation. On 21 September 1982, Tueart scored for Manchester City against Oldham Athletic in Jimmy Frizzell's testimonial.
He arrived at Maine Road along with team-mate Mick Horswill from Sunderland in a deal worth £275,000, while Tony Towers went the other way. Dennis could not have had a greater baptism of fire with his Blues' debut coming in the drawn derby against United. Later that year the Reds were relegated. As a fast, direct winger, Tueart quickly established himself as a fans' favourite.
What the supporters loved was Tueart's ability to combine silky skills with aggression and commitment. Eighteen months after that first derby game, Tueart scored a brace in helping City defeat United and progress to the final of the League Cup. He was one of those rare wingers who could score goals, and spectacular ones at that. He netted 107 times in 259 games (2 spells) for City which is an admirable strike rate for a winger. Who can forget the sight of Tueart racing away from the halfway line, defenders in hot pursuit, calmly drawing the goalie and then slotting home, Notts County certainly can't! He was a hard man as well, no defender ever kicked him out of a game. Tueart springing to his feet and smacking the guilty defender in the mouth became part of Kippax folklore! Together with Peter Barnes, he formed one of the most exciting wing partnerships ever seen in Manchester, a joy to watch. Of course he'll be forever remembered for that brilliant overhead kick at Wembley in the '76 League Cup final against Newcastle United which took the Cup to Maine Road. He agonised at scoring against the team he supported as a child but took some consolation in knowing he was the only Geordie on the pitch! He got 6 England caps which was derisory considering his talent. In 4 years he played 140 games and scored 59 goals for City, and was part of the last great era at Maine Road.
Towards the end of 1977 he felt a little disenchanted with the club, and was concerned he was not guaranteed a regular place in the team. Manchester United showed their interest in the England international but instead he decided to try his luck in the increasingly interesting US League. He joined New York Cosmos to cover the gap following Pelé's retirement the year before, and played with some of the best players around at that time, including Franz Beckenbauer. Dennis scored 10 goals in 20 games during his first season, and won both the NASL Championship and the Soccer Bowl for Cosmos. The Soccer Bowl was played at the Giants Stadium in New York, and over 74,000 attendees watched Dennis score twice to secure a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay. Other former City players doing their stuff well in the US were Rodney Marsh and Trevor Francis who both made the NASL All star team in 1978.
Dennis returned to Manchester City after two seasons in the US. He played under Malcolm Allison and John Bond, but injuries got the better of him during the period and he was never allowed a long run in the team. He didn't make the line-up for the 1981 FA Cup, but came on as a substitute in replay. Many wondered if this was his last game for the club, but surprisingly Bond decided to play Dennis as a midfielder starting 15 of the opening 18 matches of the 1981/82 season. He scored 9 goals and was experiencing the best run of his life. Then injury struck again when he snapped his Achilles on December 19th. He was sidelined for the rest of the season, and after City got relegated in 1983 he left for Stoke where he ended his playing days.
Dennis Tueart’s winning goal against Newcastle United for manchester city in the 1976 League Cup Final was voted the greatest moment in the competition’s history. In a competition where more than 20,000 supporters cast their votes on the 50 golden moments as nominated on The Football League’s special 50th anniversary website.
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