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Former Exeter City players turn up to St James Park in memory of Eamonn Dolan

23 October 2016

Charity match raises money for Action Bladder Cancer UK and Exeter City Academy

Two Exeter City teams battled it out at St James Park this afternoon in honour of former manager and club legend Eamonn Dolan.

Eamo, who sadly passed away from cancer in the summer, will always be remembered with great affection at St James Park. 

He played an instrumental role in the resurgence of the football club. He was key to the development of the club’s Football in the Community department and the club’s youth system. He also became full-time manager after the City’s relegation to the Conference and steadied the ship in one of the club’s darkest times in their history.

Former City players, who Eamo played with or managed, took the field to pay their respect along on Sunday. Eamo’s former skipper Glenn Cronin led one of the sides, while Steve Perryman managed the other team.

There were plenty of legends on show with Sean Devine, Darran Rowbotham, Chris Todd, Andy Taylor, Scott Hiley, John Hodge and Alan Gow all turning out for the event.

The side manager by Steve Perryman took the lead through a close-range finish from Leon Briathwaite before goals from Rowbotham and Gow swung the match back in the favour of Glenn Cronin’s team.

After the match there were plenty of memories of Eamonn shared with Steve Perryman, Eamo’s brother Pat and former Exeter City winger and Reading manager Brian McDermott all saying some kind words in memory of the great man.

The event was raising money for two causes: Action Bladder Cancer UK and Exeter City Academy. You can donate to the cause by clicking on the following link https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/timjones3.

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