Craig Dawson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Craig Dawson
Craig Dawson Bolton.jpg
Dawson playing for Bolton Wanderers in 2013
Personal information
Full name Craig Dawson[1]
Date of birth (1990-05-06) 6 May 1990 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Rochdale, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
West Bromwich Albion
Number 25
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Radcliffe Borough
2009–2010 Rochdale 46 (10)
2009 Radcliffe Borough (loan)
2010– West Bromwich Albion 28 (1)
2010–2011 Rochdale (loan) 41 (9)
2013 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 16 (4)
National team
2011–2013 England U21 15 (6)
2012 Great Britain 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:55, 4 October 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Craig Dawson (born 6 May 1990) is an English professional footballer who plays for West Bromwich Albion as a defender. He previously played for Radcliffe Borough, Bolton Wanderers and Rochdale.

Club career[edit]

Radcliffe Borough[edit]

Prior to becoming a professional footballer, Dawson worked as a glass collector at his local pub, while playing for a local team called Rochdale St Clements.[2] He started his football career at Northern Premier League side Radcliffe Borough in the middle of the 2007–08 season, and became a first team regular after just a few games. In the two seasons he was at the club he made 95 appearances and scored 15 goals.[3] Dawson signed for his local club Rochdale in February 2009 on a two-year contract.[4] Although a Rochdale player, Dawson stayed at Radcliffe on loan until the end of the season.[5] In the season he left, he was voted the Player of the season by Radcliffe.[5]

Rochdale[edit]

Dawson made his debut for Rochdale reserves, scoring a header from a corner against Manchester City. Dawson was set to make his debut in the second half of the 2008–09 season; however, was set back by injury. Dawson finally got his Rochdale debut on 8 August by starting in the League Two clash with Port Vale at Vale Park. The match ended in a 1–1 draw. Dawson's second game was at Hillsborough Stadium in the League Cup against Sheffield Wednesday. Despite conceding three goals, Rochdale fans gave Dawson rave reviews and named him man of the match.

He scored 10 goals in all competitions during the 2009–10 season and won a place in the League Two PFA Team of the Year.

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

On 31 August 2010, Dawson signed for Premier League club West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract, scoring his first goal for them vs. Burnley. He made his competitive Baggies debut in a 4–1 League Cup win at Bournemouth in August 2011 and the following day was called up into the England Under-21s squad by Stuart Pearce, who watched him from the stands at the Seward Stadium. On Tuesday 26 July 2011, Craig Dawson was rewarded with a new-and improved Albion contract on 21 February 2012. The centre-half penned a three-and-a-half-year deal to June 2015, plus a further year's option in the club's favour.[6] Dawson made his first Premier League start on Saturday 17 September 2011, away from home against Swansea City A.F.C. as a fill-in central defender for the suspended Gabriel Tamaş in a disappointing 3–0 defeat. He re-appeared in the starting eleven for the game against Manchester City in which West Brom went on to lose 4–0. Again, Dawson appeared in the next league game against Queens Park Rangers, West Brom went onto win the game 1–0.

On 28 September 2014, Dawson scored his first Premier League goal for West Brom in a 4-0 home win against Burnley F.C.

Loan to Rochdale[edit]

Immediately after signing for West Brom, he was loaned back to Rochdale for the remainder of the 2010–11 season.[6]

Loan to Bolton Wanderers[edit]

On 23 January 2013, despite interest from Blackburn Rovers, Leicester City, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest, championship club Bolton Wanderers won the race to sign Dawson on loan for the rest of the season. On 23 February, Dawson scored twice in a 4–1 win against Hull City[7] Just three days later on 26 February, he scored the only goal in a 1–0 home win against Peterborough United.[8] He scored for the third successive match on 2 March, scoring the winning goal in a 3–2 win against Barnsley.[9]

International career[edit]

England Under-21s[edit]

Dawson scored two goals on his England under-21 debut against Azerbaijan on 1 September 2011.[10] He played 15 matches for England U21s, scoring six goals.

Great Britain Olympic team[edit]

On 2 July 2012, Dawson was selected by Stuart Pearce for the 2012 Great Britain Olympic football team.[11] He featured in the 1–0 victory over Uruguay as a last minute substitution for goalscorer Daniel Sturridge. He also featured in the Olympic quarter-final against South Korea, coming on as a substitute for an injured Micah Richards, and scoring in the penalty shoot-out.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 4 October 2014.[12]
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rochdale 2009–10 League Two 42 9 2 1 1 0 1[a] 1 46 11
2010–11 League One 45 10 1 1 2 0 0 0 48 11
Total 87 19 3 2 3 0 1 1 94 22
West Bromwich Albion 2011–12 Premier League 8 0 2 0 2 0 12 0
2012–13 Premier League 1 0 1 0 2 0 4 0
2013–14 Premier League 12 0 1 0 2 0 15 0
2014–15 Premier League 7 1 0 0 1 0 8 1
Total 28 1 4 0 7 0 39 1
Bolton Wanderers (loan) 2012–13 Championship 16 4 0 0 0 0 16 4
Career total 131 24 7 2 10 0 1 1 149 27
  1. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 111. ISBN 9781845966010. 
  2. ^ Higginson, Marc (19 July 2012). "London 2012: Craig Dawson's rise to Team GB from glass collector". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Club history". Radcliffe Borough F.C. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Rochdale capture defender Dawson". BBC Sport. 23 February 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "West Brom sign Craig Dawson – and then send him out on loan". Birmingham Mail. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "West Brom snap up defender Craig Dawson". BBC Sport. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  7. ^ http://www.bwfc.co.uk/fixtures-results/match-report/?matchid=3519625&tcmuri=182692
  8. ^ "Bolton 1–0 Peterborough" BBC Sport. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Barnsley 2–3 Bolton" BBC Sport. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  10. ^ Bradbury, Jamie (1 September 2011). "England hit Azeris for six". The Football Association. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Pearce names squad". Sky Sport. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Craig Dawson". Soccerbase. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 

External links[edit]