Motherwell in mourning for Dolan

September 1, 2008

Motherwell are mourning the death of former fans' favourite Jamie Dolan who has died aged 39.

Dolan's death is the latest shock to hit the club following the death of captain Phil O'Donnell who died from a cardiac arrest after collapsing on the Fir Park pitch on December 29 last year during a game against Dundee United.

Dolan started his career at Motherwell in the 1980s after being signed from Forgewood Boys Club.

He appeared in the Youth Cup final against Celtic in the 1986/87 season and soon found himself promoted to the senior squad under first-team boss Tommy McLean.

Dolan was a mainstay in the heart of the Motherwell midfield in the early to mid-1990s.

In January 1997, however, he moved to Dundee United as part of a swap deal with Owen Coyle.

After two seasons in Tangerine, Dolan moved south to Fife to play for Dunfermline where he stayed for a year.

A year at Livingston followed, which included a loan deal with Forfar Athletic, and he spent his final playing season with Partick Thistle, retiring in 2002 after over 300 league games.

He remained active in the game though and was involved in the Junior leagues for many years.

Dolan also retained strong links with Motherwell, playing an active role in the former players' club and assisting the club with charity and sponsors' events.

A statement on the club's official website said: 'Everyone at Motherwell Football Club would like to pass on our sincerest condolences to Jamie's family and friends at this sad time.'