Terry Dolan (footballer)
|Full name||Terence Peter Dolan|
|Date of birth||11 June 1950|
|Place of birth||Bradford, England|
|1967–1969||Bradford Park Avenue|
|1969–1970||Bradford Park Avenue||48||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Bradford, England, Dolan excelled at both football and rugby union during his schooldays and joined Bradford City as an associate schoolboy in 1966 before signing as an amateur a year later. He signed for Bradford Park Avenue as an amateur at the age of 18 in December 1968. He signed professional terms for the club a year later. He made 49 appearances at Park Avenue until they dropped out of the Football League in 1970. He was transferred to Huddersfield Town for £7,000 in October 1970. He played in all four divisions for Huddersfield. When they missed out on promotion to Division Three in 1975–76 he moved to Bradford City for £10,000 in August 1976. He earned promotion with City to Division Three the following season but the team were relegated after one season. In 1980–81 he was made club captain, but he left on a free transfer at the end of the season after 195 league games, in which time he scored 43 goals.
During his 448-game career, which included 58 goals, he played at all 92 league grounds.
Dolan became interested in coaching while he was a player and he helped to improve the fortunes of East Bowling Unity in the Bradford Amateur Sunday League, before he started his managerial career in a player-coach position at Harrogate Town. He became youth coach at Bradford City in January 1985. He was then appointed first team coach in August 1986.
Dolan became manager of Bradford City in January 1987, after the sacking of Trevor Cherry. His first game was as caretaker when City won a 5–1 against Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup. He was given the job full-time 11 days later and for the rest of the season he successfully steered the club away from a relegation battle, finishing 10th in the 1986–87 season in the Division Two. In his first full season, the club finished fourth, narrowly missing out on promotion to the top flight for the first time in 66 years.
He was sacked in January 1989 and instead joined Rochdale, who were reviving in Division Four. He helped Rochdale to a record FA Cup run in 1989–90 and mid-table finish but lost support the following season when he introduced Chris Lee, the son of his assistant, to the side. He joined Hull City acrimoniously as manager in 1991 with Rochdale receiving compensation for Hull's illegal approach. He spent six years with the Tigers, staying at the helm despite two relegations which enraged some fans[who?] whilst others understood it was the money the club earned from Dolan's shrewd dealings in the transfer market that kept the club in the black. He became a hate figure amongst some Hull City fans along with chairman Martin Fish and majority shareholder Christopher Needler. Unbeknown to the fans, the Needler family had been trying to find a responsible buyer for Hull City for many years but the restrictions the family placed on the redevelopment of the Boothferry Park site deterred most interested parties. In 1997 he returned to Huddersfield Town as reserve team coach under Peter Jackson but left in 2000.
|Bradford City||5 January 1987||30 January 1989||112||51||31||30||45.53|
|Rochdale||1 March 1989||31 January 1991||100||40||39||21||40.00|
|Hull City||30 January 1991||14 July 1997||322||99||127||96||30.74|
|York City||11 February 2000||31 May 2003||173||56||67||50||32.36|
|Guiseley||October 2006||November 2007|
- Frost, Terry (1988). Bradford City A Complete Record 1903–1988. Breedon Books Sport. pp. 81–72, p. 96. ISBN 0-907969-38-0.
- "Terry Dolan profile". Minstermen. Retrieved 22 May 2007.[dead link]
- "Dolan shocked at dismissal". BBC Sport. 2 June 2003. Retrieved 22 May 2007.
- "Guiseley appoint Dolan as manager". BBC Sport. 26 October 2006. Retrieved 22 May 2007.
- "Dolan out at Guiseley". The Press. 24 November 2007. Retrieved 24 November 2007.