Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Derek Dooley, 1929-2008

I don't usually post twice in one day. I also don't usually get a chance to pay tribute to a true legend.
Who else but DEREK DOOLEY could unite the Steel City? Sheffield's hero passed away today.
Dooley scored 62 goals in 61 appearances for SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY from 1949-52.
On Feb. 14, 1953 the unthinkable happened. Dooley collided with Preston goalkeeper George Thompson. Dooley's leg was badly broken. When he lost that leg to an amputation, his glorious playing career had been cut tragically short.
Dooley managed the Owls from 1971 until his Christmas Eve sacking in 1973.
That's when he swapped sides, joining SHEFFIELD UNITED and serving the Blades in a variety of capacities, including chairman, eventually.
Despite abandoning Hillsborough for Bramall Lane, Dooley remained a beloved figure for both sets of supporters.
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye.


Blogger michfan2123 said...

It is always a sad moment when a legend of the game passes.

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