Ex Hammer loses cancer fight

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 21st June 2016

Eamonn Dolan, who spent four years at West Ham during the 1980s has died following a long and courageous battle against cancer.

ributes have already begun to pour in for the popular ex-pro and coach, who has been Academy manager for the Championship side since 2014 after it was confirmed that he had lost his battle against the disease aged just 48.

They were led by his current employers, who posted a heartfelt tribute on their website in which they referred to Dolan as "one of the good guys".

"It is with the deepest and most profound sadness that Reading Football Club regretfully inform its supporters of the passing of Eamonn Dolan, who we tragically lost yesterday evening following a courageous battle against cancer at the age of 48," read a club statement.

"Our sincere condolences go out to his family and many, many friends. Eamonn was, and will forever remain, one of our own."

West Ham added their own message of condolence, adding that Dolan - who made 21 first team appearances for United between 1987 and 1989 - "will be missed by everyone at the club."

And Tony Carr, West Ham's former Academy Director who was involved with Dolan's emergence as a professional footballer admitted that he would miss his humour, adding that the five-times-capped Irish international "always made a fun and jovial line out of a story".

"I'm extremely sad to hear the news of Eamonn's passing and football has lost a great man," he said. "He was a good lad, a Chelmsford boy who was a good, honest footballer.

"He made the absolute most of the talent he had and obviously played for the first team. He was a top all-round lad; there's no two ways about that."

Watch Dolan's three goals for West Ham United here

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