The former Sheffield Wednesday striker, who went on to manage the Owls and later chairman at United, passed away at his family home after collapsing.
Such was the esteem he was held in the Steel City, he was one of the few men who managed to unite a divided sporting city.
Dooley started his career with Lincoln before moving to Wednesday in 1947 where he became a prolific goalscorer.
His career finished in tragic fashion in 1953 when he broke his leg in a collision with Preston goalkeeper George Thompson and he eventually had to have the leg amputated.
He was awarded the MBE in 2003 and at the time said: "I never believed I would get this honour. I am fiercely proud of being a Sheffield lad. This honour is a bit special for me."