Ally Dawson

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This article is about Scottish professional football. For the character from Austin & Ally see Austin & Ally#Ally Dawson

Ally Dawson
Personal information
Full name Alastair Dawson
Date of birth (1958-02-25) 25 February 1958 (age 56)
Place of birth Johnstone, Scotland
Playing position Defender (Retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1987 Rangers 218 (6)
1987–1990 Blackburn Rovers 40 (0)
1990–1991 Limerick 3 (0)
1990–1991 Airdrieonians 10 (1)
1991–1992 St. Andrews 6 (0)
National team
1980–1983 Scotland 5 (0)
Teams managed
1991–1992 St. Andrews
1999–2002 Hamilton Academical
2002 Stranraer FC Assistant
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alastair "Ally" Dawson (born 25 February 1958 in Johnstone, Scotland) is a retired Scottish professional football defender who spent most of his career at Rangers.

Playing career[edit]

Dawson was signed as a sixteen year old in 1975 by manager Jock Wallace and made his debut in a pre-season tour in Canada. He was a full back who could play on either side of the pitch, and soon became the club captain.

He never went on to fulfill his potential, partly because of a serious injury sustained during another club tour of Canada, when he fractured his skull. He recovered, and became a centre back. He made a total of 316 appearances for Rangers, scoring 8 goals. He received two Scottish Cup winner's medals, in 1979 and 1981, and four League Cup winner's medals – in 1979, 1984, 1985 and 1987. He was capped 5 times for Scotland, all while at Rangers.

After 12 years at the club, Dawson left Rangers for Blackburn Rovers in 1987 for £25,000. He signed for Limerick F.C. in 1990 and returned to Scotland later that season with Airdrie, before becoming Player/Manager of Maltese league club Luxol St. Andrews. He went on to manage Hamilton Accies for a three year spell between 1999 and 2003 where he won the Scottish Third Division title.

In 2011, Ally Dawson was inducted into Rangers FC's Hall of Fame.[citation needed]

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