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Terence Peter "Terry" Dolan (born 11 June 1950) is an Englishmarker former footballer and manager.



Born in Bradfordmarker, Englandmarker, Dolan excelled at both football and rugby union during his schooldays and joined Bradford City as an associate schoolboy in 1966 before signing as an amateur a year later. He signed for Bradford Park Avenue as an amateur at the age of 17 in December 1968. He signed professional terms for the club a year later. He made 49 appearances at Park Avenue until they dropped out of the Football League in 1970. He was transferred to Huddersfield Town for £7,000 in October 1970. He played in all four divisions for Huddersfield. When they missed out on promotion to Division Three in 1975–76 he moved to Bradford City for £10,000 in August 1976. He earned promotion with City to Division Three the following season but the team were relegated after one season. In 1980–81 he was made club captain, but he left on a free transfer at the end of the season after 195 league games, in which time he scored 43 goals.

He joined Rochdale in 1981 and joined non-league side Brackley Town a year later.

During his 448-game career, which included 58 goals, he played at all 92 league grounds.


Dolan became interested in coaching while he was a player and he helped to improve the fortunes of East Bowling Unity in the Bradford Amateur Sunday League, before he started his managerial career in a player-coach position at Harrogate Town. He became youth coach at Bradford City in January 1985. He was then appointed first team coach in August 1986.

Dolan became manager of Bradford City in January 1987, after the sacking of Trevor Cherry. His first game was as caretaker when City won a 5–1 against Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup. He was given the job full-time 11 days later and for the rest of the season he successfully steered the club away from a relegation battle, finishing 10th in the 1986–87 season in the Division Two. In his first full season, the club finished fourth, narrowly missing out on promotion to the top flight for the first time in 66 years.

He was sacked in 1989 and instead joined Rochdale, who were reviving in Division Four. He helped Rochdale to a record FA Cup run in 1989–90 and mid-table finish but lost support the following season when he introduced Chris Lee, the son of his assistant, to the side. He joined Hull City acrimoniously as manager in 1991 with Rochdale receiving compensation for Hull's illegal approach. He spent six years with the Tigers, staying at the helm despite two relegations which enraged some fans whilst others understood it was the money the club earned from Dolan's shrewd dealings in the transfer market that kept the club in the black. He became a hate figure amongst some Hull City fans along with chairman Martin Fish and majority shareholder Christopher Needler. Unbeknown to the fans, the Needler family had been trying to find a responsible buyer for Hull City for many years but the restrictions the family placed on the redevelopment of the Boothferry Park site deterred most interested parties.

In 2000, he returned to Yorkshiremarker with York City. He was sacked as manager in 2003, with the club citing financial reasons for his departure.

He returned to management in October 2006 with Northern Premier League Premier Division side Guiseleymarker. He parted company with the club in November 2007.

Managerial stats

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Bradford City January 5, 1987 January 30, 1989 112 51 31 30 45.53
Rochdale March 1, 1989 January 31, 1991 100 40 39 21 40.00
Hull City January 30, 1991 July 14, 1997 322 99 127 96 30.74
York City February 11, 2000 May 31, 2003 173 56 67 50 32.36
Guiseleymarker October 2006 November 2007


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