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Bumper attendance for Harry Dolman book launch

After 18 months of vigorous planning, research and writing, a new book about the life of Harry Dolman was launched at Ashton Gate last night.

The special event attracted over 150 guests, including former players and 27 of Harry’s family members, and the evening celebrated the OBE’s remarkable life, who dedicated just shy of 40 years of his life to the football club, as director, chairman and president.

Speaking to BCTV at the launch, Harry’s widow, Marina Dolman MBE, president of Bristol City FC, said: “All the family are thrilled the book has now come to fruition.

"I think Martin and Clive have worked extremely hard and I cannot thank them enough for the end product.

"I hope supporters will take the effort to read the book and understand some of his advice. He really was a very farseeing man and even to this day I miss his advice."

The new book offers a revealing insight into Harry’s business acumen as well as a behind-the-scenes snapshot of the trials and tribulations of running a football club.

"It’s important for fans to remember the history of the club because makes you feel part of it - a football club is just like a big family,” Marina added.

"Having read the book I have learnt a lot about Harry’s life, particularly about the earlier stages, which was fascinating.”

"It’s been an enjoyable process and to see so many old friends has been great. I know after 40 years, Harry would be delighted to be remembered so vividly.”

Harry Dolman: The Millionaire Inventor Who Became “Mr Bristol City”, by Martin Powell and Clive Burlton, has been published by Bristol Books and is now available for purchase from the Bristol Sport Store (£12rrp).

WATCH THE LAUNCH EVENT ON BCTV