TEAMMATE Ray Wilson today paid tribute to former Town player Peter Dinsdale, who has died at his home in Canada aged 65.
The long-serving left-half, who made 239 appearances for Town between August 1959 and October 1966, lost a three-year battle with cancer on Saturday.
Dinsdale proved to be a footballing pioneer, becoming one of the first of hundreds of English players to play in the first professional soccer league in North America in the Sixties, and also featuring in one of the earliest loan transfer deals, from Vancouver Royals to his home-city club Bradford Park Avenue.
He also forged a reputation as a no-nonsense and versatile half-back, and Wilson recalled: "He could take some controlling out there on the pitch!
"Peter wasn't a dirty player by any means, but he was hard, very competitive and unwilling to shirk any kind of challenge, and that could lead to a flare-up or two!
"While his style would probably have been frowned on today, back in the Sixties, it was pretty effective.
"His qualities as a footballer are illustrated by the number of matches he played for Town, and it would have been more had he not suffered a nasty leg injury early on.
"Medical science wasn't nearly as advanced then, and while Peter managed to carry on playing, he was left with a bit of a limp, although you wouldn't have known it to see him charge around the pitch.
"Off the pitch, he was a grand bloke, a good mixer who was especially matey with Denis Atkins, who played at right-back."
Born in Bradford in October 1938, Dinsdale emerged as a bright prospect with Leeds non-League club Yorkshire Amateur.
Town beat a number of rival clubs to his signature in January 1956, but had to wait to call on him regularly because of National Service.
Having represented The Army, Dinsdale made his mark in Town's Yorkshire League Juniors side before making his debut for the Reserves against Wolves at Molineux in February 1958.
His first-team bow came on the opening day of the 1959-60 season, Town winning 4-1 at Ipswich in the old Second Division.
Sometimes used as a forward by boss Eddie Boot, half of Dinsdale's 10 Town goals came that season.
An ever-present in both 1962-63 and 63-64, Dinsdale became one of Town's most effective players, featuring in a strong half-back line with John Coddington and Eire international Pat Saward, to whom he was assistant manager at Brighton between 1970 and 1972.
On his departure from the Goldstone Ground, Dinsdale moved permanently to Vancouver, where he became an estate agent.
He had been transferred to the Canadian club by Town for £6,000 in August 1967, then loaned back to Bradford PA until the start of the North American Soccer League season the following January.
At Vancouver he linked up with another Town old boy, John Milner, in a side led by Bobby Robson,then the Hungarian ace Ferenc Puskas.
Dinsdale's first coaching experience came with the Canadian national side as they tried unsuccessfully to qualify for the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
He also had a club coaching stint back at Vancouver.