Meet Terry Dolan


By Jason McKeown

Almost 200 appearances as a player, a few seasons managing the club (including “the nearly season”, 1988/88), and until relatively recently a BBC Radio Leeds summariser on Bantams games – Terry Dolan has a long association with Bradford City Football Club, and remains a big favourite with older supporters.

Dolan is the guest speaker at the Skipton Bantams Supporters Club meeting, this Thursday. He will be answering supporter questions and sharing stories of his time at Valley Parade. Now chief scout at Notts County, Dolan is also a coach at the RIASA academy and is as well-placed as anyone to unearth the next Nahki Wells.

The meeting is being held at the White Rose Club on Newmarket Street, Skipton (the beer is really cheap!) It starts at 7.30pm, with an entry fee of £4 (or £7 if you wish to also become a member of Skipton Bantams for the 2014/15 season).

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  1. Ahhh…the nearly season!

    I was 12 years old and it was the first time I had my heart truly broken by the fooballing Gods…Not even MacB*st*rd leaving or Trevor Cherrys hasty sacking hurt as much as the defeats at Maine Road (Cheating $%^£”% keeper and cheating $£%$£! referee) AND Villa Park AND Ayresome Park…

    Even the tumble down the leagues pales into insignificance…

    I’m still not sure I’ve ever recovered x

  2. Terry did such a good job at City he deserved more credit than he got. Bottom of what is now the championship in Jan 87 he guided us to 10th, The following season was one of my favourite seasons. He guided us to the play offs after being league leaders for some time, we played some fantastic football with McCall and Hendrie outstanding. We also reached the quarter final of the League cup and 5th round of FA cup . The following season we were safely mid table, again reached the quarter final of the league cup knocking out Everton and also beat Spurs to get to FA cup 4th rnd. After defeat in both cups Terry was sacked because the club were so keen to bring back Terry Yorath as manager. When you think that Bryan Robson took over City in the same league position as Terry and failed dismally, yet had Robson had the same success as Terry Dolan he would probably have been considered for the England job.

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