Reading Football Club's Academy Manager, Eamonn Dolan, is undergoing a course of chemotherapy after having a tumour removed from his bladder.
A statement on the club website reads:
Our Academy Manager Eamonn Dolan is currently undergoing a course of chemotherapy after having a tumour removed from his bladder. Everyone at the club and our supporters will be fully focused on giving him our total support to get him recovered as quickly as possible. He is a very important member of our club and has done an outstanding job over the last ten years.
Eamonn would like to thank everyone at Reading Football Club for the superb support he has already received and also for the medical care he has been given and looks forward to making a full recovery as soon as possible.
Dolan has overseen something of a golden generation for Reading Football Club's academy in recent years, with many graduates—such as Alex McCarthy, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Alex Pearce, Hal Robson-Kanu, Jem Karacan, Jordan Obita and many more—making the grade and featuring regularly for the Royals' first team.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">As an idea, how would folks feel about a minute's applause in the 21st min to recognise Eamonn's outstanding work with the U21s? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/readingfc?src=hash">#readingfc</a></p>— The Tilehurst End (@TheTilehurstEnd) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTilehurstEnd/status/631769380997726209">August 13, 2015</a></blockquote>
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As a show of support, we here at The Tilehurst End are encouraging everyone at the Madejski Stadium against Leeds United on Sunday to applaud on the 21st minute of the game, given his incredible work for the U21s.
If you're getting involved, use the #21forDolan hashtag on Twitter.
It goes without saying, but everyone here at The Tilehurst End wishes him all the very best in his recovery.