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❤️ Celebrate Eamonn Dolan this Saturday

Help us remember a key figure to both clubs

22 August 2023

Saturday's match at home to Reading gives supporters of both the Grecians and the Royals the perfect opportunity to celebrate the life of a man who means so much to the two clubs.

Supporters are encouraged to take part in a minutes applause in the 48th minute of the match to commemorate the life of a true Exeter City legend and a gentleman, and someone who influenced many a career of players from Reading's academy.

The match day programme is also a tribute to Dolan, with his story told through the words of those at the club who knew him best.


Eamonn, City boss between 2002 and 2004, took over at St James Park as new era dawned in EX4, as the Supporters Trust gained control of the club after relegation from the Football League.

Having been a player in the 90s and then worked as a Community Officer, Youth Team coach and finally Manager, Dolan's contribution to Exeter City - stepping up in its darkest hour and seeing it though to brighter days -  is seen as one that set the club on their way to where we are today. 

Immortalised on a plaque in the Memorial Garden read the words “Without his drive, enthusiasm and humour, we would not be where we are now.”

Dolan took the job at Reading as the academy manager in 2004, and would go on to coach players that now feature for the Grecians today, including Pierce Sweeney and Zak Jules. 

Speaking this week in triubute to Dolan, Sweeney said: "I owe and awful lot to Eamonn.

“He was quite harsh on young players and his standards were high because he wanted success for every person that came through Reading’s academy, but he drilled into you to always keep smiling and stay positive when things weren’t going the best.

“I think if he was still here today, I would still be able to pick up the phone and spend an hour talking to him about my game."

Dolan died in 2016, aged 48, from after a battle with cancer. Reading named a stand at their stadium, then known as the Madejski, as the Eamonn Dolan Stand.

Please join us on Saturday in honouring a man whose legacy lives on through the very existence of Exeter City. 

Eamonn Dolan: 1967-2016 ❤️

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