Michael Dawson (footballer)

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Michael Dawson
Michael Dawson (cropped).jpg
Dawson playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2011
Personal information
Full name Michael Richard Dawson[1]
Date of birth (1983-11-18) 18 November 1983 (age 30)[1]
Place of birth Northallerton, England
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Tottenham Hotspur
Number 20
Youth career
1997–2001 Nottingham Forest
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Nottingham Forest 83 (7)
2005– Tottenham Hotspur 237 (7)
National team
2003–2005 England U21 13 (0)
2006–2007 England B 2 (0)
2010– England 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:00, 9 September 2011 (UTC)

Michael Richard Dawson (born 18 November 1983) is an English footballer who plays for Tottenham Hotspur and the England national football team. After the retirement of Ledley King, Dawson is the longest-serving player still at Tottenham.

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 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.[3]

Club career[edit]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

Born in Northallerton, North Yorkshire,[1] Dawson grew up in Leyburn and attended Wensleydale school.[4] He is the younger brother of Scunthorpe United defender Andy Dawson and Kevin Dawson (formerly of Chesterfield). He started his football career playing for his local team, Northallerton Junior Football Club, and also spent a year playing for Richmond before signing as a junior professional with Nottingham Forest at the age of 14.[4] He turned professional in November 2000 and made his début for Nottingham Forest on 1 April 2002 against Walsall in a 3–2 home defeat.

During the 2002–03 season, Dawson formed a solid partnership with veteran Des Walker as Forest finished sixth in the First Division and eventually lost 4–3 in the second leg of the play-off semi-final to Sheffield United, although Dawson missed that game after being sent off in the first leg.

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. In February 2003, Dawson signed a five-and-a-half-year contract at Forest.[5]

When Forest suffered relegation to the third tier for only the second time in their history he and one of his Forest team-mates, left-winger Andy Reid, signed for Tottenham Hotspur on 31 January 2005 from Forest for an undisclosed fee thought to be worth a combined £8m.

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

Dawson with Nottingham Forest in 2002

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.

Dawson enjoyed a good 2005–06 season, impressing many with his aerial ability and attitude. On 28 March 2006 he signed a contract extension which would have lasted until 2011.

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 leveled the score at 1–1 after Claude Makélélé's strike, with Aaron Lennon scoring the winner.[6] 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. 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.[7]

In the 2008–09 season, Dawson was to see his playing opportunities become more limited due to the arrival the previous season of Jonathan Woodgate from Middlesbrough. 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 Champions League. Initially Dawson was to once again struggle to get into the side partly due to the arrival of Sébastien Bassong from Newcastle United in the summer, however after Tottenham's 9–1 thrashing of Wigan Athletic in November and with ongoing injury problems to defensive duo King and Woodgate, Dawson was to establish himself as a rock at the heart of Tottenham's defence. He was to miss just one of Spurs' games for the remainder of the season and his leadership on and off the pitch saw him awarded the team captaincy after the loan departure of Keane to Celtic.

It was announced on 27 January 2010 that he had signed a new five-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur taking him to 2015.[8] Dawson's excellent performances throughout the course of the season saw him awarded Tottenham Hotspur's Player of the Year award.[9] 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. On Monday 22 August 2011, he started and played the full 90 minutes alongside Younès Kaboul against Manchester United in a 3–0 defeat at Old Trafford. On Sunday 28 August 2011, Dawson started and played the full 90 minutes Manchester City at White Hart Lane in a 5–1 defeat.[10] 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.[11]

Dawson was appointed the club captain of Tottenham Hotspur for the 2012–13 season. He scored his first goal of the season in a 3–1 win over Reading at White Hart Lane on 1 January 2013.

International career[edit]

England U21[edit]

Dawson made his debut for the England under-21 side against Italy under-21 on 11 February 2003. 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 under-21 on 15 November 2005. As of 2010, he had been in several national team squads, but was yet to be capped at senior level.

England B[edit]

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

England senior team[edit]

2010 World Cup[edit]

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.[12] However, on 4 June 2010, Rio Ferdinand was withdrawn from the World Cup squad due to an injury sustained in the team's first training session, and Capello announced Dawson as Ferdinand's replacement.[3] Dawson was the only uncapped member of the squad. He made his first appearance for England in a World Cup 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.

Euro 2012[edit]

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. 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.[13]

On 3 September 2010, Dawson made his first competitive start for England in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying game against Bulgaria. Unfortunately, he sustained a knee injury and left the field on a stretcher after 56 minutes.[14]

On 9 February 2011, Dawson played for England in a friendly match against Denmark. Dawson earned his fourth cap when he started alongside John Terry for England in their UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Wales on 26 March 2011. He played the full match, as England won 2-0.


Tottenham Hotspur

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 13 August 2014
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nottingham Forest 2001–02[16] Division One 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2002–03[17] Division One 38 5 1 0 2 0 1[a] 0 42 5
2003–04[18] Division One 30 1 0 0 1 0 31 1
2004–05[19] Championship 14 1 1 0 2 0 17 1
total 83 7 2 0 5 0 1 0 91 7
Tottenham Hotspur 2004–05[19] Premier League 5 0 5 0
2005–06[20] Premier League 32 0 1 0 0 0 33 0
2006–07[21] Premier League 37 1 6 0 5 0 10[b] 0 58 1
2007–08[22] Premier League 27 1 3 0 4 0 6[b] 1 40 2
2008–09[23][24] Premier League 16 1 2 0 5 1 5[b] 0 28 2
2009–10[25] Premier League 29 2 8 0 3 0 40 2
2010–11[26] Premier League 24 1 2 0 0 0 6[c] 0 32 1
2011–12[27] Premier League 7 0 4 0 0 0 2[d] 0 13 0
2012–13[28] Premier League 27 1 1 0 2 0 4[d] 1 34 2
2013–14[29] Premier League 32 0 1 0 1 0 7[d] 0 41 0
total 236 7 28 0 20 1 40 2 324 10
Career total 302 14 30 0 25 1 41 2 398 17
  1. ^ Appearances in Football League play-offs
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Europa League


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ledley King
Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Captain
Succeeded by


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  2. ^ "Michael Dawson". UEFA. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Vicki Hodges (4 June 2010). "Ferdinand Ruled out of World Cup". Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2010-06-04. 
  4. ^ a b "Home Team is Feeling Happy". Archive.thenorthernecho.co.uk. 22 November 2002. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  5. ^ "Dawson commits to Forest". BBC Sport. 13 February 2003. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (5 November 2006). "Tottenham 2–1 Chelsea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  7. ^ Tottenham defender Dawson signs new contract, ontheminute.com, 11 May 2007
  8. ^ Defender Michael Dawson signs new Tottenham contract, BBC Sport, 27 January 2010
  9. ^ "Michael Dawson: 'I knew Harry believed in me, even when I was out of the side' – Profiles, People". London: The Independent. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  10. ^ "Tevez: Spurs star is the best Englishman I have faced". Sport.co.uk. 14 April 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  11. ^ Dawson set to miss rest of season, ESPN, 8 March 2012
  12. ^ "Fabio Capello makes surprise England World Cup choices". BBC Sport. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  13. ^ "England 2 – Hungary 1". www.englandstats.com. 11 August 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  14. ^ "Tottenham's Michael Dawson waits on knee injury scan". BBC Sport. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
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  23. ^ "Games played by Michael Dawson in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  24. ^ "2008/09 UEFA Cup: Tottenham–Dinamo Zagreb". UEFA. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Michael Dawson in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Michael Dawson in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Michael Dawson in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Michael Dawson in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Michael Dawson in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 

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