Eamonn Dolan

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Eamonn Dolan
Personal information
Full name Eamonn John Dolan
Date of birth (1967-09-20)20 September 1967
Place of birth Galway, Ireland
Date of death 20 June 2016(2016-06-20) (aged 48)
Place of death Reading, England
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
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 (20 September 1967 – 20 June 2016) was an Irish professional footballer and coach.


Dolan played as a striker, beginning his professional career with West Ham United. He made his debut on 9 May 1987 in a 2-0 home win against Manchester City coming on as a substitute for Mark Ward. It was his only appearance of the 1986-87 season.[1] In the 1987-88 season, Dolan made only four appearaces, three as a substitute.[1] His first West Ham goal came on 30 September 1989 in a 2-3 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion.[1] On 18 October 1989, Dolan made possibly his most notable appearance for West Ham. In 5-0 home defeat of Sunderland, he scored twice with his goal celebrations inspiring cartoons drawn by fanzine cartoonist, Phill Jupitus.[2][3] He continued to play regularly until the end of November 1989 when he signed for Birmingham City[1] He made 21 appearances in all competitions for West Ham scoring four goals.[1]

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 in 1993 when he developed cancer.[4] His testimonial was in September 1994 in a game between Exeter and West Ham.

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.[5] 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,[6][7]

International career[edit]

Dolan and his twin brother Pat Dolan[8] 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.[9] 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.


Dolan died of cancer on 20 June 2016.[10]

On 5 July 2016, at the end of Dolan's funeral, Reading announced that the North Stand would be renamed the "Eamonn Dolan Stand".[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Welcome to the Wonderful World of West Ham United Statistics - Eamonn Dolan". www,westhamstats.info. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Pete May (3 May 2013). Hammers in the Heart: A Lifetime of Supporting West Ham. Mainstream Publishing. pp. 99–. ISBN 978-1-78057-450-9. 
  3. ^ "Six of the best - Sunderland". www.whufc.com. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Football - Cancer survivor Dolan prepares Reading for Man Utd battle", Yahoo Sport, 15 March 2013
  5. ^ "Eamonn Dolan and Steve Perryman appointed at Exeter City FC". BBC. 2003-06-09. Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  6. ^ "Eamonn Dolan resigns as Exeter boss". BBC. 2004-09-27. Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  7. ^ "Academy Staff". Reading FC. 17 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Reading FC's Eamonn Dolan passes away". RTÉ Sport. 21 June 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  9. ^ FIFA Player Statistics: Eamonn DOLAN - FIFA.com
  10. ^ "Eamonn Dolan 1967-2016". readingfc.co.uk. Reading F.C. 21 June 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "The Eamonn Dolan Stand". readingfc.co.uk. Reading F.C. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 

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