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Chairman pays tribute to ‘the most amazing gentleman’

21 June 2016

Sir John Madejski reflects on the life of Eamonn Dolan

Words cannot express the sadness that I, and everybody involved in Reading Football Club, is feeling at the passing of Eamonn Dolan.

My sympathies go out to his family.  Eamonn and his brother Pat have been so instrumental in the success of Reading Football Club, especially under my stewardship as Chairman.  We will never forget the enormous contribution that Eamonn bestowed on Reading Football Club.  His work at the Academy was the making of Reading Football Club’s greatest ever period of success, and Eamonn played a huge part in that period.

Eamonn was one of the most charming, loyal, wonderful human beings that one could ever wish to meet.  His death at the tender age of 48 is an enormous tragedy for everyone.

He was just the most amazing gentleman that you could wish to meet.  Loyal, upstanding, and his enthusiasm and devotion to me and Reading Football Club was overwhelming.

I know that we are all saddened by what has happened.  But not many people can pass on and leave such a fantastic legacy behind.  His contribution is unsurpassable.

- Sir John Madejski

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