Tuesday 6 December 2016

Reading rename a stand at the Madejski Stadium after the late Eamonn Dolan

Published 05/07/2016 | 18:47

Eamonn Dolan (c) passed away last month
Eamonn Dolan (c) passed away last month

Reading FC have decided to rename their North Stand after former academy boss Eamonn Dolan, who passed away aged 48 last month.

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The Galway native was capped five times at under-21 level by the Republic of Ireland and featured for West Ham, Brimingham City and Exeter City before his career was cut short by cancer.

He managed Exeter for a season before becoming the academy manager at Reading.

He was a hugely popular figure with the Royals and played a massive role in bringing players into the senior set-up including Ireland's Shane Long and Kevin Doyle.

In a statement released today, the club said: "A little more than a month ago, we asked our supporters for their suggestions on what we should rename the North Stand at Madejski Stadium.

"Naturally, a wide range of nominations were put forward, including a number of former players and managers – from eras past and present.

"However, the tragic news of Eamonn Dolan’s passing last month sparked an overwhelming and emotional call from our fans to name the North Stand after a man who not only helped Reading Football Club achieve unparalleled success during 12 memorable years at Madejski Stadium, but who has left an indelible legacy which will last long into this club’s future.

"So today, as many mourn the loss of a true Royals legend at Eamonn’s funeral, Reading Football Club stands together to honour him and celebrate all he did for our club…The Eamonn Dolan Stand will officially open on Saturday 6th August 2016 when Reading host Preston North End on the opening day of the brand new season."

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