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 48)
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 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.[1] 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 played as a striker, beginning his professional 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 in 1993 when he developed cancer.[2] 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.[3] 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,[4] a position he holds to this day.[5]


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