Dennis Viollet was born in Manchester on 20th September 1933. He joined Manchester United from Manchester Schools in 1949 and turned professional in September 1950. As a centre or inside-forward Viollet belied his slight appearance, lasting the hardest of games and the toughest of challenges. A player of grace and skill he was particularly good at retaining possession and delivering accurate passes. Viollet was a genuine goalscorer and still holds the Manchester United League scoring record of 32 goals in 36 matches in season 1959-60.
Viollet was a survivor of the 'Munich Disaster' when he lost many of his team-mates on that fateful February night of 1958. He went on to play in the1958 Cup Final when the whole nation wanted United to win. However, the disruption to the side proved too much and they were defeated by Bolton Wanderers 2-0.
In this World Cup Qualifying match, played on 28th September 1961 at Wembley, England defeated Luxembourg 4-1, Viollet scoring one goal. This was Viollet's second and last International appearance for England.
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