Alex Dawson

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Alex Dawson
Personal information
Full name Alexander Downie Dawson
Date of birth (1940-02-21) 21 February 1940 (age 74)
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1961 Manchester United 80 (45)
1961–1967 Preston North End 197 (114)
1967–1968 Bury 50 (21)
1968–1971 Brighton & Hove Albion 57 (26)
1970 Brentford (loan) 10 (6)
1971–1973 Corby Town
Total 394 (212)
National team
England Schoolboys
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alexander Downie Dawson (born 21 February 1940) was a Scottish football player.

Although born in Aberdeen, Dawson started his career as a trainee with Manchester United. He helped the club win the league title in 1957. He left United for Preston North End in 1961 after scoring 54 goals in all competitions for the Red Devils. At Preston, he became known as "The Black Prince of Deepdale" and featured in their 1964 FA Cup Final team. He scored in the final as Preston lost 3–2 to West Ham United. He later played for Bury, Brighton and Brentford.

Dawson was the last player to score a hat trick in an FA Cup semi-final, back in 1958 when Manchester United beat Fulham 5–3 in a replay at Highbury.

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