HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
John Jerry DOLAN
|Date of Birth||25th December 1901|
GAMES: 209 (East Fremantle 166; East Perth 33; WA 10)
PREMIERSHIPS: East Fremantle 1925, 28, 29, 31; Captain-Coach 1930, 33; Coach 1943 (under-age), 45-46; East Perth Coach 1936
HONOURS: East Fremantle captain-coach 1930, 1932-33; East Perth coach 1934-38; East Fremantle coach 1941-48, 1950; WA captain-coach 1933 and coach 1946-49; East Fremantle president 1954-55; first West Australian to win National Football League merit award.
One of nine WA captains, including the legendary Phil Matson, to come from the Goldfields Football League, Jerry Dolan was paid the ultimate accolade when made captain of its centenary team in 1986. Dolan joined East Fremantle in 1923 and played in the WA carnival team at Hobart in only his second year. He was a versatile footballer who could serve as a knock ruckman or play across half-forward or half-back. In a coaching career that spanned 17 years, he never failed to lead his team into the finals. The pinnacle came at East Fremantle in 1945-1946, his team going through undefeated in the second year and establishing an Australian league record of 35 consecutive wins.