Michael Dawson (footballer)

For other people named Michael Dawson, see Michael Dawson (disambiguation).
Michael Dawson

Dawson playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2011
Personal information
Full name Michael Richard Dawson[1]
Date of birth (1983-11-18) 18 November 1983[1]
Place of birth Northallerton, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Hull City
Number 21
Youth career
1997–2001 Nottingham Forest
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Nottingham Forest 83 (7)
2005–2014 Tottenham Hotspur 236 (7)
2014– Hull City 65 (4)
National team
2003–2005 England U21 13 (0)
2006–2007 England B 2 (0)
2010–2011 England 4 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:41, 26 November 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:36, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

Michael Richard Dawson (born 18 November 1983) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Premier League club Hull City. He is the current captain for Hull City and has also played for the England national team.

Dawson started his career at Nottingham Forest playing along side veteran defender Des Walker before moving to Tottenham Hotspur with fellow team mate Andy Reid for a fee of £8 million.[2] While at Tottenham Dawson won the Football League Cup in 2008.[3]

Midway through the 2009–10 season, Dawson became the team captain of Tottenham Hotspur as Robbie Keane left for Celtic on loan in January. His form that season saw him included in England's preliminary 2010 FIFA World Cup squad. Although he initially failed to make the final 23-man squad, an injury to captain Rio Ferdinand saw him drafted in as replacement.

In August 2014 Hull City signed Dawson from Tottenham for a fee believed to be £3.5 million.[4] Although relegated with Hull at the end of the 2014–15 season he helped them return to the Premier League when they beat Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship Play-off final.[5]

Early life

Born in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, Dawson grew up in Leyburn and attended Wensleydale school.[1][6] He is the younger brother of fellow footballers Andy Dawson and Kevin Dawson.

Club career

Nottingham Forest

Dawson started his career playing for his local team, Northallerton Juniors, and also spent a year playing for Richmond before signing as a junior professional with Nottingham Forest at the age of 14.[6] He turned professional in November 2000 and made his first-team debut for Forest on 1 April 2002 against Walsall in a 3–2 home defeat.[7]

Dawson with Nottingham Forest in 2002

During the 2002–03 season, Dawson formed a solid partnership with veteran Des Walker as Forest finished sixth in the First Division entering the playoffs. In February 2003, Dawson signed a five-and-a-half-year contract at Forest.[8] Forest then went on to play Sheffield United and late in the game of this first leg match Dawson was sent off making it his final game that season.[9] Even know the previous match was a 1–1 draw and because of Dawson being sent off did not help matters as Forest lost 4–3 in the second leg of the play-off semi-final.[10]

In the close season Dawson contracted glandular fever whilst on duty with the England under-21s which caused him to miss the start of the following season and thus began a struggle against various injuries which marred the rest of his Forest career. Forest also struggled – winning only twice between the end of September and the beginning of February caused Paul Hart to be dismissed and replaced by Joe Kinnear. The season was transformed from one battling relegation to a confident mid-table finish with the return of Dawson and David Johnson to the team being one of the reasons for this.[11]

When Forest suffered relegation to the third tier for only the second time in their history he and one of his Forest teammates, left-winger Andy Reid, signed for Tottenham Hotspur on 31 January 2005 from Forest in a deadline day deal for a fee thought to be worth a combined £8 million.[2]

Tottenham Hotspur

Dawson made his debut for Tottenham towards the end of the 2004–05 season in the 2–2 draw at Liverpool on 16 April 2005.[12]

Dawson enjoyed a good 2005–06 season, impressing many with his aerial ability and attitude. This in turn led to a contract upgrade and extension until 2011.[13] Followed by a call-up to the England squad as a standby player for the 2006 World Cup.[14]

On 5 November 2006, Dawson scored his first competitive goal for Tottenham in their 2–1 win over Chelsea at White Hart Lane. His goal levelled the score at 1–1 after Claude Makélélé's strike, with Aaron Lennon scoring the winner.[15] Dawson first captained the team in the 2006–07 FA Cup quarter-final tie away to London rivals Chelsea due to injuries to stand-in captains Robbie Keane and Paul Robinson, and to the club's regular captain King.[16] After a season in which he played all but one of Tottenham's 59 games he was rewarded with a new five-year contract on 11 May 2007 which would have kept him at the club until 2012, despite still having several years left on his contract.[17]

In the 2007–08 season Dawson scored his first goal in the UEFA Cup home game against the Greek side Anorthosis where Tottenham won 6–1.[18] Then in November Spurs went away to West Ham in the Premier League and drew 1–1 where Dawson scored the away goal.[19] During the course of the season Tottenham put together a league cup run which took them all the way to the final where they beat Chelsea 2–1 and earning Dawson his first ever silverware.[3]

The 2008–09 season was not the best season for Tottenham. In October they went away to Stoke, first Gareth Bale was sent off then later on Vedran Ćorluka suffered a bad injury in the 77 minute, Dawson replaced him only to be sent off in injury time.[20] In April 2009 Dawson sustain a bad injury against Newcastle United which left him out for the rest of the season.[21] The 2009–10 season was to be judged by many as Dawson's finest season in a Spurs shirt to date as he helped the club to a fourth-place finish, their highest league finish for 20 years and a qualification place for the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League.[22]

It was announced on 27 January 2010 that he had signed a new five-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur taking him to 2015.[23] Dawson's excellent performances throughout the course of the season saw him awarded Tottenham Hotspur's Player of the Year award.[24] His form that season led to Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez calling him "the best English defender I have played against" due to his strength.[25] Dawson missed the rest of the 2011–12 season due to rupture ankle ligament during Spurs' 3–1 FA Cup fifth round win over Stevenage on 7 March 2012.[26]

Dawson playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2013

At the beginning of the 2012–13 season Dawson could have signed for QPR as the two teams had agreed a £7.5 million deal but the move collapsed as Dawson had "an issue with personal terms".[27] Instead Dawson was appointed the club captain and signed a new deal with Tottenham Hotspur for the 2012–13 season.[28] He scored his first goal of the season in a 3–1 win over Reading at White Hart Lane on 1 January 2013.[29]

Hull City

On 26 August 2014, he joined Hull City on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee understood to be £3.5 million.[4] He made his debut on 31 August 2014 at Villa Park in a 2–1 defeat to Aston Villa.[30] During the course of the season Dawson established himself in the team and was even selected Captain on 17 occasions. With five games left to go in the Premier League Hull faced Liverpool in which Dawson scored his first goal for the club and the only goal in the game earning a vital three points to avoid relegation.[31] However this wasn't enough as Hull went on to loose their next three games and in their final game against Manchester United they only managed a 0–0 draw sending Dawson and Hull into the Championship for next season.[32]

The 2015–16 season was a better one for Hull and Dawson which saw them finish 4th in the table and promoted back to the Premier League via the Playoffs. Dawson was their main choice for Captain and he scored in their home game against QPR during the campaign.[33][5]

At the start on the 2016–17 season Dawson picked up an injury in a pre-season friendly against Mansfield Town, this injury ruled him out for 3 months.[34]

International career

England U21

Dawson made his debut for the England under-21 side against Italy on 11 February 2003.[35] He went on to earn 13 England under-21 international caps, captaining the team on several occasions. His last appearances for the under-21 team was in a 2–1 loss to France on 15 November 2005.[36]

England B

Dawson was capped twice for the England B team, his first cap came in their 2–1 loss to Belarus at Reading's Madejski Stadium on 25 May 2006.[37] His second cap came in their 3–1 win over Albania at Burnley's Turf Moor ground exactly a year later.[38]

England senior team

Dawson was named in England's 30-man provisional squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but was not selected for the final 23-man squad.[39] Rio Ferdinand was withdrawn from the squad due to an injury sustained in the team's first training session, and Capello announced Dawson as Ferdinand's replacement.[40] Howeer Capello did not use Dawson and he was the only uncapped member of the squad. He made his first appearance for England in a warm-up match against the Platinum Stars; however, the match was not counted as a full international, merely a training match, so he did not receive a cap for his appearance.[41]

He made his full international debut in a friendly against Hungary on 11 August 2010, coming on as a half time substitute and was involved in a controversy over Hungary's goal.[42] After making a mistake in the build-up, he got back to clear the ball off the line – a goal was given, however replays suggested the ball had actually not crossed the line.[43]

On 3 September 2010, Dawson made his first competitive start for England in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying game against Bulgaria. He sustained a knee injury and left the field on a stretcher after 56 minutes.[44]

Career statistics


As of 30 November 2016
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Nottingham Forest 2001–02[45] First Division 10000010
2002–03[46] First Division 38510201[lower-alpha 1]0425
2003–04[47] First Division 3010010311
2004–05[48] Championship 1411020171
Total 837205010917
Tottenham Hotspur 2004–05[48] Premier League 5050
2005–06[49] Premier League 3201000330
2006–07[50] Premier League 371605010[lower-alpha 2]0581
2007–08[51] Premier League 27130406[lower-alpha 2]1402
2008–09[52][53] Premier League 16120515[lower-alpha 2]0282
2009–10[54] Premier League 2928030402
2010–11[55] Premier League 24120006[lower-alpha 3]0321
2011–12[56] Premier League 7040002[lower-alpha 4]0130
2012–13[57] Premier League 27110204[lower-alpha 4]1342
2013–14[58] Premier League 32010107[lower-alpha 4]0410
2014–15[30] Premier League 000000
Total 236728020140232410
Hull City 2014–15[30] Premier League 2810000281
2015–16[59] Championship 32110103[lower-alpha 5]0361
2016–17[60] Premier League 52002173
Total 654103130725
Career total 3841831028244248722


As of match played 26 March 2011[61]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
England 201020


Tottenham Hotspur

Hull City



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