An under-rated but extremely popular player, midfielder Jamie Dolan played more than 200 games for the Steelmen in a decade plus career at Fir Park.
A product of the Motherwell youth system Jamie made his first outings in Tommy McLean’s side during season 1988’89.
Used sporadically over the course of the next two or three campaigns it was only during season 1991’92 that he became a fully fledged member of Tommy McLean’s first-team squad.
By the time of McLean’s departure in 1994, with his carefully constructed squad heading for its peak Dolan was as key a figure as any within it. Whilst it was his international midfield colleagues Phil O’Donnell, Paul Lambert and the creative Billy Davies who generally grabbed the headlines Jamie was the midfield lynchpin who allowed the trio to do what they did best.
In all his determined and battling displays in claret and amber there is however one which stands out above all the rest. It was on 7th December 1996 that ‘Well faced Celtic at Fir Park. Going ahead through Billy Davies, Motherwell were in command until a facial injury forced ‘keeper Scott Howie to go off. With no substitute goalkeeper on the bench it was Jamie, the smallest man of the park, who took his gloves and went between the posts.
Performing heroics time after time the Salsburgh born player kept Celtic at bay and when the visitors did finally level it was through no fault of Dolan’s. having been left isolated by a short back-pass.
The day however was to be Jamie’s with his goalkeeping feats providing Motherwell with the platform to snatch victory in the final minute, ironically after his opposite number in the Celtic goal had spilled a shot allowing Ian Ross to slide home from close range.
It would prove to be something of a final flourish for Jamie in a Motherwell jersey. With his side struggling to find the net little more than a month later Alex McLeish sacrificed Dolan’s midfield tenacity for the striking prowess of Owen Coyle of Dundee Utd, where Dolan would work under Tommy McLean once again.
Thereafter Jamie had something of a nomadic existence serving Dunfermline, Livingston, Forfar and Partick before dropping down to the junior ranks.
Sadly tragedy would strike when Jamie passed away aged just thirty-nine from a heart condition that had also struck his father at a similarly early age.
He remains fondly remembered by the Motherwell support.