Eamonn Dolan

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Eamonn Dolan
Personal information
Full name Eamonn John Dolan
Date of birth (1967-09-20) 20 September 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth Galway, Ireland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Reading (Academy manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1990 West Ham United 15 (3)
1989 Bristol City (loan) 3 (0)
1990–1991 Birmingham City 12 (1)
1991–1993 Exeter City 26 (4)
National team
1986–1989 Republic of Ireland U21 5 (1)
Teams managed
2002 Exeter City (Caretaker)
2003–2004 Exeter City
2013 Reading (Caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Eamonn Dolan (born 20 September 1967 in Galway) is an Irish ex-professional footballer, now working as a coach at Reading. Dolan played as a striker, beginning his career with West Ham United, before moving on to Birmingham City and then Exeter City. Dolan joined Exeter in 1991, and this marked the beginning of a 13-year association with the club, although he only managed 26 league appearances for the club as his career was cut short when he developed cancer.

He survived the condition, and continued to serve the Grecians as football in the community officer, youth coach, caretaker manager, and finally full-time manager, taking over after the club's relegation from the Football League in 2003.[1] His first season in charge was fairly successful, steadying the ship after a difficult year, and almost qualifying for the playoffs, but he left the club in September 2004 to join Reading as academy manager,[2] a position he holds to this day.[3]

His testimonial was in September 1994 in a game between Exeter and West Ham.

Eamonn and his twin brother Pat Dolan were capped at Under-21 and youth level for Republic of Ireland national football team. He scored 10 goals in his first seven youth internationals. They both played at the 1985 FIFA World Youth Championship.[4] Both had made their Irish international début at Republic of Ireland national under-17 football team level against Northern Ireland in the first ever fixture between the two nations at Seaview in a 6–1 friendly win in January 1985. Dolan scored a hat trick.


  1. ^ "Eamonn Dolan and Steve Perryman appointed at Exeter City FC". BBC. 2003-06-09. Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  2. ^ "Eamonn Dolan resigns as Exeter boss". BBC. 2004-09-27. Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  3. ^ "Academy Staff". Reading FC. Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  4. ^ FIFA Player Statistics: Eamonn DOLAN - FIFA.com

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