Dawson wearing a Hull City kit in 2007
|Full name||Andrew Stuart Dawson|
|Date of birth||20 October 1978|
|Place of birth||Northallerton, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|1998–1999||→ Scunthorpe United (loan)||12||(0)|
|2014||Scunthorpe United (caretaker)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 03:30, 6 February 2015 (UTC).
Born in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, Dawson is the elder brother of Michael Dawson (currently at Hull City) and Kevin Dawson (formerly of Chesterfield). Like his brothers, Andy started his professional career at Nottingham Forest, but he made only one senior appearance for them before moving to Scunthorpe for £45,000.
Rise up the Football League
Arriving in the summer, he was quickly established as manager Peter Taylor's first choice at left-back during the two promotion seasons 2003–04 and 2004–05, and played regularly in the Championship in 2005–06 until picking up an injury. He was named Hull City's Player of the Year in the 2006–07 season. Dawson was also a regular in the 2007–08 season as Hull were promoted, starting for the playoff final on 24 May 2008 at Wembley.
Premier League years
For both of Hull's first two seasons in the top flight of English football, Dawson was virtually ever-present in the side, also contributing one goal each season, both free kicks, the first against Stoke in 2009, and the second against Everton the following season.
Return to the Championship
Following Hull's relegation to the Championship, Dawson remained a constant in the side under new manager Nigel Pearson. On 3 January 2011, Dawson agreed a one-year contract extension with Hull City, due to expire in June 2012. When Nick Barmby was appointed Hull City manager, he reinstated Dawson to the starting line-up. Dawson retained his place for the remainder of the 2011–12 season, and on 7 April 2012 replaced the injured Jack Hobbs as acting captain. Following Barmby's dismissal as manager of Hull City, Dawson's future was left uncertain, especially due to the presence of the younger Joe Dudgeon as a rival for the left back position. However, on 6 July 2012 Dawson signed a new one-year deal with Hull City, earning him a testimonial, having completed ten years of service at the club through all four divisions. In the 2012-13 season, Dawson became the first player in the club's history to win four promotions, with City finishing in second place in the Championship to earn automatic promotion.
Dawson was released, however, on 16 May 2013, along with 11 other Hull City players, meaning that he would not be returning to the Premier League with Hull City.
On 21 November 2012, Andy Dawson officially launched a series of testimonial events, raising money for the Daisy Appeal in East Yorkshire. This was supported through social networking on Facebook and Twitter. On 10 August 2012, Hull City played Spanish side Real Betis in Andy Dawson's official testimonial game. The match ended 3–0, with Dawson making a small cameo role off the bench. Before the main match, Dawson took part in a special 'legends game' involving a host of former Hull City players.
Style of play
Dawson is renowned for his long-range shots, particularly from free-kicks. He is a traditional left fullback, and when playing sports his trademark Umbro Speciali black boots, with old-fashioned white sock ties.
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