Eamonn’s legacy will live on at Wembley as Seamus steps up for the Final…10-year-old Seamus, the son of our late Academy Manager Eamonn Dolan, will lead the teams out at Wembley on Monday afternoon when Jaap Stam’s side take on Huddersfield Town in the Play-Off Final.
As soon we, as a club, became aware that we were able to choose our official matchday mascot for Monday’s massive game, there was only ever going to be one choice. We immediately invited Seamus to be our mascot for the end of season finale and we are absolutely delighted to confirm he has agreed to play a part in the day and will be joined by his sister Grace and mum Erica.
When we learned of Eamonn’s tragic passing in June 2016, the club’s staff, players and supporters came together as one in condolence of a great man but in celebration of his life and the extraordinary impact he made on all he met and worked alongside at Reading Football Club.
Our opening game of the 2016-17 season was dedicated to Eamonn and his family. We unveiled a striking graphic on the outside of the newly-named Eamonn Dolan Stand, depicting an image of Eamonn made up of 400 smaller images of the 32 players who came through our Academy system to represent the first team during the 12 years he spent as Academy Manager.
As part of that opening day, Seamus walked out as our matchday mascot in glorious sunshine at Madejski Stadium before we took on Preston North End on Saturday 6th August…the first of 26 wins this season and the very start of our magnificent journey under Jaap Stam.
So it is poignant that this season will end just as it began - with Eamonn’s son, Seamus, representing the Royals.
As the eyes of the world watch Reading compete for a place in the Premier League, Seamus will stand in front of 90,000, honouring his dad and all he did for us at Reading Football Club. We couldn’t be more proud.
As the plaque affixed to the Eamonn Dolan Stand fittingly reads…‘Coach, Manager, Believer. A true Royal. One of our own, his legacy lives on forever…’
Thank you Seamus! We hope you enjoy the day.