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🏆 Bath, Peake and Whelan earn accolade as Eamonn Dolan Award continues to celebrate Academy successes

"Passionate about developing people as well as players" - Eamonn's legacy lives on...

4 August 2020

Rightful recognition for three more football development coaches was delivered byt the Premier League's latest  Eamonn Dolan Award winners' list.

The Eamonn Dolan Award was established in honour of our former Academy manager - a creative, innovative coach and mentor to so many young players and staff who have come through the ranks at Reading. 

Eamonn made a marked contribution to the modernisation of youth development and the Premier League's annual award in his name looks to recognise an individual or a group of individuals making an exceptional contribution to football coaching and/or coach development in football within the Academy environment. 

In the award's first year, our former Academy Manager Lee Herron was one of the inaugural trio of award-winners, having taken up Eamonn's mantle at Reading.

Since then, the award has been given to nine others in total - and this year the recipients were Chelsea's Academy Manager since 2004, Neil Bath, Leicester City's retiring Lead Professional Development Phase Coach Trevor Peake and Manchester United's Academy programme adviser Tony Whelan.

Winners of the Eamonn Dolan Award:

2017: Lee Herron (Reading), Dave Parnaby (Middlesbrough), Natalie Henderson (Newcastle)

2018: Chris Ramsey (QPR), Steve Avory (Charlton)

2019: John McDermott (Tottenham), Vic Bragg (Brighton)

2020: Trevor Peake (Leicester City), Neil Bath (Chelsea), Tony Whelan (Manchester United)

"Eamonn was a man who I knew well,' Bath said upon receiving his award. "Whenever we played against each other, we would always meet prior to kick-off and have a cup of tea together. We would reach out to each other during the year and catch up.

'I know he was passionate about developing people as well as players so to receive an award in memory of Eamonn makes me very proud."

Whelan added similar sentiments, saying “I had the privilege of meeting Eamonn some years ago. He was always a very uplifting person and a wonderful coach and coach developer.

“I am very humble to receive this particular award in his honour and worthy of carrying on his legacy."


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