David Reno Bacuzzi was born in Islington 12 October 1940 into a family that had Italian connections on his father’s side. His father became a footballer playing for Fulham and played a war time international for England.
Dave was one of the first players brought into Arsenal by Ron Greenwood and he came as a trainee amateur right back signing pro forms in 1959.
Curiously, given his father’s background some sources say Dave’s first match was against Fulham but I see him first playing in an away game against WBA on 18 February 1961, which we lost 3-2.
However Dave then kept the right back position for the last 13 games of the season, taking over from Len Wills who made 24 appearances in the position that season. Jimmy Magill played the other matches.
The following season the right back position was held by Magill (21 league games) and Bacuzzi (22 league games) but thereafter his standing at Arsenal faded and ultimately he made under 50 starts in the league in six years. But he played in the Arsenal Reserves team that won the Football Combination in 1962/63.
His last Arsenal league game was on 14 March 1964 a 2-4 home defeat against Chelsea with Billy Wright as manager.
After that he moved to Manchester City on 24 April 1964 for a fee of £25,000 with whom he won the second division championship in 1966, moving on to Reading on 9 September 1966.
After a period at Reading he then moved to Ireland and was player manager for Cork Hibs joining them in May 1970 winning the League of Ireland title in 1971. Here is his Arsenal career…
And here is his club history as a player
In 1974 Dave moved on to be manager of Home Farm with whom he won the FAI Cup for their only time – the first amateur team to win the cup in a generation. They went on to play Lens in the Cup Winners’ Cup and actually drew the first (home tie) before going out in the away game.
We last hear of him in football in 1985 as assistant manager at Shamrock Rovers, and it is said he subsequently opened a travel agency in Dublin. At the time of writing he is 74 and we all wish him a long and enjoyable retirement.
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