Craig Dobson

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Craig Dobson
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-01-23) 23 January 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Chingford, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
2002–2003 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Cheltenham Town 2 (0)
2004 Barnet 3 (0)
2005–2006 Cambridge City 40 (9)
2006–2008 Stevenage Borough 62 (14)
2008–2009 Milton Keynes Dons 1 (0)
2008 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 0 (0)
2009 Brentford 0 (0)
2009–2010 Mansfield Town 5 (0)
2009 Kettering Town (loan) 1 (0)
2010 Farnborough 4 (1)
2010 Sutton United 5 (0)
2010–2011 Thurrock 4 (0)
2010–2011 Barnet (dual registration) 1 (0)
2011 Braintree Town 3 (0)
2011 Woking 18 (7)
2011–2012 Kettering Town 1 (0)
National team
2004 Jamaica 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:38, 13 May 2012 (UTC)

Craig Dobson (born 23 January 1984) is a football midfielder, who is currently without a club. He is also a noted football freestyler, having appeared in the DVD Urban Freestyler.

Club career[edit]

Dobson started his career with Crystal Palace, but having failed to make a first team appearance for the "Eagles", he joined Cheltenham Town in the summer of 2003. He made his debut on 27 September, coming on as an 80th minute substitute for Bertie Cozic in a 2–0 defeat at Bristol Rovers' Memorial Stadium. He left the club after a couple of brief cameos in the league and Football League Trophy. In June 2004, Dobson made his international debut for Jamaica, coming on as an 85th-minute substitute for Marlon King in a 1-0 Unity Cup defeat to Republic Of Ireland at The Valley.[1]

With Conference club Barnet for the start of the 2004–05 season,[2] making four appearances. He was released in October 2004, after his month-long contract expired.[3]

He spent 2005–06 with Conference South side Cambridge City. He scored nine goals in 40 league appearances. At the end of the season he had a trial with Gillingham.[4]

Dobson signed with Conference outfit Stevenage Borough for a four-figure fee before the start of the 2006–07 season,[5] he quickly established himself at Broadhall Way, making 38 appearances in his maiden season. He scored a brace against Stafford Rangers on 9 September, George Boyd also netting a hat-trick in a 6–0 win.[6] Dobson scored a further three goals that season, including a 74th-minute goal in the 2007 FA Trophy final with Kidderminster Harriers at Wembley.[7] Borough won the game 3–2 to lift the trophy.

Dobson was more clinical in front of goal during the 2007–08 campaign, netting ten times in 30 games. He was transfer listed in January after refusing to sign a new deal.[8] This brought him the attention of League Two side Milton Keynes Dons, Paul Ince quickly brought him to stadium:mk for an undisclosed fee.[9] He made his Dons debut in a 1–1 home draw with Morecambe on 3 May, though was taken off in favour of Lloyd Dyer at half time.

He made just the one appearance in 2008–09, playing the 2–1 defeat at Ninian Park to Cardiff City, in the League Cup Second Round. He spent December on loan at Wycombe Wanderers, but did not feature. Dobson had his contract terminated with MK Dons at the start of January 2009 by mutual consent, after suffering with groin and shin injuries during his year-long stay.[10] He signed for Brentford in March 2009 on a two-month contract,[11] but was released at the end of the season without playing a game, as Brentford were promoted to League One.[12]

He went on trial with Shrewsbury Town for the 2009–10 pre-season and played in their friendly matches against Bridgnorth Town and West Bromwich Albion.[13] In late September 2009, he was taken on trial at Port Vale by Micky Adams.[14] He signed a three-month contract with Mansfield Town in October 2009, following a successful trial.[15] In November 2009, Dobson joined Kettering Town on loan until 4 January 2010, when his contract with Mansfield expires.[16]

In January 2010, Dobson joined Farnborough. After a handful of appearances he was released on 26 March 2010, and joined Sutton United. In July 2010, Dobson went on trial with League One side Leyton Orient, playing the first half in a 2–0 win against Cray Wanderers.[17] Dobson signed for Conference South club Thurrock in October 2010,[18] making his debut in the 1–0 away defeat to Braintree Town.[19] In November 2010, he joined League Two club Barnet on dual registration.[20] He was released by Barnet and Thurrock in February 2011, shortly before joining Braintree Town, before transferring to Woking later in that same month.

In July 2011 Dobson rejoined Kettering Town for the 2011–12 season. He suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury on his first competitive appearance for the club, which led to his release from the club towards the end of the season.[21]

After nearly two years out of football, Dobson was handed a trial at Concord Rangers in July 2013.[22]

International career[edit]

Dobson is reported to have made a late appearance as a substitute for Jamaica in a friendly with the Republic of Ireland in 2004.[11] However The Guardian reported that he was an unused substitute.[23]

International caps[edit]

Scores and results list Jamaica's goal tally first. The "Caps" figures are in bold for games in which he scored
Caps Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored Location Cards
01 (00) 2004-06-02 The Valley, London  Republic of Ireland 0–1 Friendly 0 England


with Barnet
with Stevenage Borough
with Milton Keynes Dons


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  2. ^ "Barnet swoop for duo". BBC Sport. 8 September 2004. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  3. ^ "Barnet release midfielder Dobson". BBC Sport. 12 October 2004. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  4. ^ "New Gills signings open account". BBC Sport. 13 July 2006. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  5. ^ "Stevenage sign Thorpe and Dobson". BBC Sport. 14 July 2006. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  6. ^ "Stevenage 6-0 Stafford Rangers". BBC Sport. 9 September 2006. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  7. ^ Hughes, Ian (12 May 2007). "Kidderminster 2-3 Stevenage". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  8. ^ "Stevenage trio on transfer list". BBC Sport. 15 January 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  9. ^ "Ince snaps up Regan and Dobson". BBC Sport. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  10. ^ "MK Dons midfielder Dobson departs". BBC Sport. 2 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  11. ^ a b "Midfielder Dobson joins Brentford". BBC Sport. 24 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  12. ^ "Scott praises departing players". BBC Sport. 9 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  13. ^ "Winger on Trial". 22 July 2009. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 
  14. ^ "Vale look at Dobson". Sky Sports. 29 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  15. ^ "Dobson hopes Stags will help him". BBC Sport. 19 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
  16. ^ "Busy day for Harper". Non-League Daily. 27 November 2009. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  17. ^ "O's Dust Off Cobwebs With Cray Victory - Full Report". Leyton Orient F.C. 14 July 2010. Archived from the original on 16 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  18. ^ "New boss Lincoln Swoops for Two". Football Conference. 15 October 2010. Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2010. 
  19. ^ Robinson, Bill (17 October 2010). "Braintree 1 v 0 Thurrock". YourThurrock. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  20. ^ "Bees boss does Dobson deal". Sky Sports. 1 November 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2010. 
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  23. ^ Bodkin, John (3 June 2004). "Barrett has Ireland back on track". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 

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