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Reading Academy Manager Eamonn Dolan passes away

Reading Football Club have confirmed the passing of Academy Manager Eamonn Dolan. The 48-year-old lost his battle with cancer on Monday evening.

The former Exeter City manager played for West Ham United, Bristol City, Birmingham City and Exeter during his playing career. He also earned five caps for the Republic of Ireland Under-21 side.

The family of Dolan have released a statement on the official Reading website. They revealed how ‘no words or feelings can express of our loss’.

The family of Eamonn Dolan are heartbroken to announce the death of their beloved husband, father, brother and uncle.  No words or feelings can express of our loss.  We are honoured to have had such an incredible person to have loved, and been loved by, in our lives – if for too short a time.

We would like to thank Reading FC and all the fans for the support, gifts, cards, letters and messages that were received by Eamonn during his illness.  It has been a testament to the way he lived his life – positively, professionally, profoundly helping and touching other people.  He was proud to serve this great club.

To all the other the other clubs that have been so kind, especially West Ham and Exeter City, we are very grateful.  The support from the Premier League and the Football Association has been an incredible comfort.

Lastly, thank you to Eamonn’s wonderful colleagues and staff at Reading FC who he considered to be not just workmates, but friends.  He was eternally grateful for their extraordinary efforts in helping to build the youth structure into the Premier League Category 1 Academy that it is today.

Thank you.

Reading describe Dolan as ‘one of the good guys’ and that they ‘will never forget him’.

Everyone at The72 would like to pass on our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Eamonn Dolan. RIP

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