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Harry Dolman book launch tonight

A new book about the life of Harry Dolman will be launched at Ashton Gate tonight (6pm).

Rediscovered diaries penned by the inventive businessman, who earned the nickname ‘Mr Bristol City’, form the basis of this fascinating new book about his remarkable life.

Harry Dolman OBE dedicated nearly 40 years of his life to the football club he loved, as director, chairman and president.

His many contributions to the club included designing the stand named after him at his beloved Ashton Gate stadium, as well as introducing (after designing them himself) the ground’s first floodlights and entry turnstiles).

SPECIAL LAUNCH EVENT

Harry Dolman: The Millionaire Inventor Who Became “Mr Bristol City”, by Martin Powell and Clive Burlton, has been published by Bristol Books.

A special launch event will be held at Ashton Gate in the Heineken Lounge from 6-8pm tonight (Wednesday), which will be open to supporters. Entry will be free, with Harry’s family members set to attend, along with former players.

Harry’s widow, Marina Dolman MBE, president of Bristol City FC, said: “During research for the book, I was thrilled to rediscover Harry’s handwritten notes with his version of events.

“Some were drafts for speeches he gave, others just recollections he jotted down for his own amusement and record. They make this account of his life more accurate than we could ever have imagined.”

The book describes how Harry rose from his humble rural roots in Wiltshire to a Rolls Royce-driving multi-millionaire with more than 100 patents to his name, from London Underground ticket machines to egg grading machines, a laundry marking system and a coin slot roulette wheel. He even built a Flying Flea single-seat, ultra-light, aircraft, which is now on display in the M Shed museum.

Harry, who received the OBE for services to export in 1970, when head of Brecknell, Dolman and Rogers, could design a machine that would make millions, see solutions where others saw problems, and could sketch out a football stand on the back of a cigarette packet, and see it to fruition.

But he will, perhaps, be best remembered for his long association with Bristol City, where he invested considerable time and plenty of cash from his own pocket in passionate pursuit of bringing top-flight football to Bristol.

In April 1976, a 1-0 win in front of more than 27,000 fans saw City secure promotion, and for the then 79-year-old Harry, the fulfilment of that dream of First Division football. Four days later, at the last game of the season, he received a standing ovation from the appreciative Ashton Gate crowd.

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.

Marina said: “I hope that this book helps to preserve his memory, and show others how much one man, with determination and talent, can achieve.”

Harry Dolman: The Millionaire Inventor Who Became “Mr Bristol City”, will be on sale from the Bristol Sport Store (£12 rrp) and more details can be found online at www.bristolbooks.org.

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