Eamonn Dolan, Irish football player and coach, Died at 48


Eamonn Dolan was born on September 20, 1967, and died on June 20, 2016.

He was an Irish professional footballer and coach.

Himself and his twin brother Pat Dolan were capped at Under-21 and youth level for Republic of Ireland national football team.

Eamonn scored 10 goals in his first seven youth internationals.

Together they played at the 1985 FIFA World Youth Championship.

The two had made their Irish international début at Republic of Ireland national under-17 football team level against Northern Ireland in the first ever fixture between the two nations at Seaview in a 6–1 friendly win in January 1985.

Eamonn Dolan had scored a hat trick.

He played as a striker, beginning his professional career with West Ham United, before moving on to Birmingham City and then Exeter City.

In 1991, Eamonn Dolan joined Exeter, and this marked the beginning of a 13-year association with the club, although he only managed 26 league appearances for the club as his career was cut short in 1993 when he developed cancer.

Subsequentially, he had survived the condition, and continued to serve the “Grecians” as football in the community officer, youth coach, caretaker manager, and then full-time manager, taking over after the club’s relegation from the Football League in 2003.

Eamonn Dolan first season in charge was fairly successful, steadying the ship after a difficult year, and almost qualifying for the playoffs, but he left the club in September 2004 to join Reading as academy manager.

He died due to cancer.

Eamonn Dolan passed away at 48 years old.