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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.

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 5 2008

Time: 4:48PM

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05/03/2008 16:50:00

Fantastic goalscoring record and will sadly be missed. RIP derek.
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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
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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
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05/03/2008 18:05:00

a real gentleman who served both clubs magnificently, derek dooley you are my footballing hero, godbless.
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05/03/2008 18:44:00

RIP Dooley
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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
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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.
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05/03/2008 18:54:00

Condolences to his family from all at Rotherham Vital. RIP Derek
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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!!!!
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05/03/2008 21:07:00

Paul Walker on Radio Sheffield wants them to call the next derby the Dooley Derby! Which would be fitting. I would also like to see a statue but there could be some controversy as to which ground/ where in Sheffield?
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05/03/2008 22:48:00

think it would have to be at the lane - after all he was a blade. but loved the city and was passionate about both sheffield clubs.
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06/03/2008 00:06:00

by the way DB2002 would just like to say what a good read that was and made so much sense, nice one mate and well put!!
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06/03/2008 00:10:00

Someone of his status deserves to be in the city centre for all to see. He was a legend for both clubs and I don't think petty arguments over which ground should have the statue should even come into it, we should unite on this one out of respect to the great man. He was a Sheffield legend and the city, blue OR red, should be proud to have been associated with him. The Dooley Derby sounds a great idea too. RIP Derek - all my sympathies to his friends and family
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06/03/2008 13:27:00

oorrection bfl1889 - Dooley was a wednesday fan
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06/03/2008 14:27:00

To argue at this stage over whether he was a Blade or and Owl and where a fitting statue should be located is to totally misunderstand the man - and verges on being disrespectful. In his own words "he was a lad from Sheffield" and that is all that really matters.
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06/03/2008 16:32:00

DB2002 - really enjoyed your earlier post. Was at the derby game in '92 and had forgotten Dooley making an appearance. I've mentioned on Vital Sheff U when he came on the pitch to sing a Sinatra number at the end of our 05/06 promotion season - think that'll be my lasting memory of him.
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06/03/2008 16:53:00

for sure coops, no it not the time or place but i thought he was a blade coops? was he not? what a guy - a real gentleman. rip sir!!
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06/03/2008 22:09:00

No bfl1889, he was a wednesday fan. He 'converted' to the dark side of the city when we at S6 treat him awfully. RIP Dooley, legend
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07/03/2008 16:18:00

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07/03/2008 20:43:00

How old are you bfl1889? How long have you been following the blades?
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10/03/2008 10:19:00

long enough and old enough that all you need to know fella!!
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10/03/2008 21:45:00

But not long enough to know that Dooley was a wednesday fan???
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