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Dunne hails "down to earth" Abdou

Teammates, coaches and directors reminisce on their times at The Den with Jimmy ahead of his Testimonial match this weekend

26 July 2018

Fellow Millwall legend Alan Dunne spent the large majority of Jimmy’s Lions career alongside him – and describes the midfield man as having the ability to ‘consistently show limitless desire and commitment’.

“In the changing room he was well liked, the players liked him as much as the supporters for his desire,” Dunne says.

“A lot of teams still need a player like Jimmy to compete, even those at the very top level. There would be games where you felt tired but you always knew Jimmy wasn’t, and that is brilliantly reassuring. He could set the tempo, win a tackle, and generally be a nightmare for the opposition.

“He was a key part of Kenny Jackett’s jigsaw, and was also crucial to Neil Harris during his first couple of years in charge. Managers must love him.”

Dunne has many great memories of taking to the pitch with Jimmy, pointing out one match in particular against a now-England international in which he put in a heroic display.

“I remember a game up at Leeds United when he was given a man-marking task on Fabian Delph.

“Wherever he went, Jimmy had to follow him. And he did it so expertly that Delph just got fed up. He was fit enough to do that type of role for a whole 90 minutes and more, which is no easy feat.”

Dunne sums up by crediting Jimmy as a man whom he had the pleasure of spending much of his Millwall career with.

“You never got much out of him; he was still a huge part of the group.

“You will struggle to come across any person in any profession who is more down to earth than Jimmy and I wish him all the very best both today and for the rest of his career.”

Alan Dunne's full tribute to Jimmy will be available in Saturday's matchday programme.

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