Terry Dolan (footballer)

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Terry Dolan
Personal information
Full name Terence Peter Dolan[1]
Date of birth (1950-06-11) 11 June 1950 (age 66)[1]
Place of birth Bradford, England
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1967–1969 Bradford Park Avenue
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1970 Bradford Park Avenue 48 (0)
1970–1976 Huddersfield Town 162 (14)
1976–1981 Bradford City 195 (43)
1981 Rochdale 43 (1)
Teams managed
1987–1989 Bradford City
1989–1991 Rochdale
1991–1997 Hull City
2000–2003 York City
2006–2007 Guiseley
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Terence Peter Dolan (born 11 June 1950) is an English former professional footballer and manager.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[2] 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,[2] but he left on a free transfer at the end of the season after 195 league games, in which time he scored 43 goals.

He joined Rochdale in 1981 and joined non-League side Brackley Town a year later.[3]

During his 448-game career, which included 58 goals, he played at all 92 league grounds.[2]

Managerial career[edit]

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,[2] 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.[3]

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.[2] 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.

In 2000, he returned to Yorkshire with York City. He was sacked as manager in 2003, with the club citing financial reasons for his departure.[4]

He returned to management in October 2006 with Northern Premier League Premier Division side Guiseley.[5] He parted company with the club in November 2007.[6]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Bradford City 5 January 1987 30 January 1989 112 51 30 31 45.5 [7]
Rochdale 1 March 1989 31 January 1991 100 40 21 39 40.0 [7]
Hull City 30 January 1991 14 July 1997 322 99 96 127 30.7 [7]
York City 11 February 2000 31 May 2003 173 56 50 67 32.4 [7]
Guiseley 26 October 2006 24 November 2007 49 25 11 13 51.0 [5][6][8]
Total 756 271 208 277 35.8


  1. ^ a b "Terry Dolan". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Frost, Terry (1988). Bradford City: A Complete Record 1903–1988. Derby: Breedon Books. pp. 81–72, 96. ISBN 0-907969-38-0. 
  3. ^ a b c "Terry Dolan profile". Minstermen.net. Retrieved 22 May 2007. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Dolan shocked at dismissal". BBC Sport. 2 June 2003. Retrieved 22 May 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "Guiseley appoint Dolan as manager". BBC Sport. 26 October 2006. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Martini, Peter (24 November 2007). "Dolan out at Guiseley". The Press. York. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Managers: Terry Dolan". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony, eds. (2007). Non-League Club Directory 2008. Kingsbridge: Tony Williams Publications. p. 375. ISBN 978-1-869833-57-2. 
    Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony, eds. (2008). Non-League Club Directory 2009. Tony Williams Publications. p. 447. ISBN 978-1-869833-59-6. 

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