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Wednesday Legend Dooley Dies

Wednesday Legend Dooley Dies

Former Wednesday goalscoring legend Derek Dooley has today died at the age of 78 after a long illness at his home in Norton.

Dooley was both prolific marksman for the Owls, bagging a superb 63 goals in as many games in the famous blue and white stripes, and also returned to manage the Owls for almost two years in 1971.

His career was brought to a premature end after suffering a premature end but Dooley will always be remembered as a Wednesday great, and one of the best goalscorers of his generation, and further, in the country.

And Dooley was not only loved by the blue and white half of Sheffield, but also the red and white after becoming a director and then chairman at Bramall Lane.

Vital Sheffield Wednesday would like to pass on condolences to Mr Dooley's family and friends.

The Owls are set to hold a minutes silence for the Owls and Blades hero at this Saturday's clash against QPR at Hillsborough, with the Blades sure to follow suit in their next home fixture.

R.I.P. Derek Dooley.

Date:Wednesday March 5 2008
Time: 4:48PM


05/03/2008 16:50:00
Fantastic goalscoring record and will sadly be missed. RIP derek.
will it ever happen
05/03/2008 17:42:00
hopefull this is something that won't be spoilt on here/ United site by people arguing. It's a big shame for both teams, Wednesday for his on the pitch ventures & the Blades for his off the field ones. Truly is a great shame, RIP
05/03/2008 17:44:00
how we could do with sum1 to score 63 goals in 63 games right now, wed be lucky to get sum1 to score 6 goals in 63 games, RIP
05/03/2008 18:05:00
a real gentleman who served both clubs magnificently, derek dooley you are my footballing hero, godbless.
05/03/2008 18:44:00
RIP Dooley
ozanne park rangers
05/03/2008 18:46:00
Incredibly sad news. When I was younger my late father, a Wednesdayite, would tell stories about the great players that he had seen, Finney, Mathews, Mortenson and co, but his eyes would light up and his enthusiasm would rise when he got onto ‘the Dooley days’ “they’d try an kick im up int’air but they wunt stop im scorin” As a legend who gave so much to Sheffield Wednesday, he was disgracefully treated by the club, firing him from the managers position on Christmas Eve, when in fact it was the board structure and chairman that was really to blame for the clubs demise. Dooley should have been moved upstairs and given a position for life. As an Owls supporter, I believe our greatest embarrassment is the way in which Dooley was treated, while the club on the other side of the city opened it’s doors, made him welcome, treated him with the respect he deserved and made use of his obvious charm and talent. In March 1992 at the pleading of the Wednesday Chairman Dave Richards, Dooley returned, for the Sheffield derby, to Hillsborough for the first time in 20 years, as the special guest. The reception he was given by all four corners of the ground on the most partisan of occasions was memorable and deeply touching. United went on to win the game 3-1. In a sense, Wednesday got what they deserved that evening. I was never lucky enough to meet ‘the legend’, to shake his hand, to say “thank you” and to apologise. I did see him around the City on a number of occasions, but I was always too respectful to invade his privacy. On one such sighting I recall him sitting at the top of Fargate by the old fountain, with his family, happy and smiling. There was a special aura around him. It is a wholly appropriate image which thankfully, some 35 years later, is still very vivid in my mind. My condolences and best wishes to all his family and friends
05/03/2008 18:52:00
I think we can both unite and show our respects to a real gentlemen of football. I think a statue of this great man should be erected somewhere in Sheffield. R.I.P Derek Dooley a true legend.
05/03/2008 18:54:00
Condolences to his family from all at Rotherham Vital. RIP Derek
05/03/2008 21:05:00
A true blade and a real gentleman, a fantastic servant to sheffield football who dedicated his whole life to both sheffield clubs. RIP sir!!!!
05/03/2008 21:07:00
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