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Dolan hails 'fantastic' Academy spirit

3 June 2014

Eamonn on U14s triumph

Academy Manager Eamonn Dolan has hailed the club’s U14s side, who triumphed at Wembley Stadium last week – and believes they are a product of the huge hard work going on behind the scenes at Hogwood Park.

The Royals secured a 1-0 extra time win over Chelsea at the home of English football, a wonderful bookend to a season that also saw the club’s U21 side lift the Premier League Cup. Watch highlights on RFC Player here. 

“People should look at that and be very, very happy,” said Eamonn. “There have been four major national youth trophies this season, Chelsea have won two of them and Reading have won two of them. The Nike Cup at U14 level is a massive competition. 

“That tells you a lot about the Academy and a lot about our football club. We compete with these huge set ups because of the commitment and fantastic spirit that has always represented Reading Football Club. Coaches such as Martin Dean and Lee Herron, Jack the physio, Sam and Gerrard the analysts, everyone combines to earm that success. It’s fantastic.”

The former Exeter City manager also hailed first team boss Nigel Adkins, who was at Wembley Stadium in the summer break to watch the game – before giving a personal message to the young players at the full time whistle.

“All that was epitomised yet again by having the manager, a Premier League manager, here. He created those great players at Southampton – he’s so genuine, so authentic, it fills you with hope really.”

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