George Dobson (footballer, born 1949)

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George Dobson
Personal information
Full name George Richard Dobson[1]
Date of birth (1949-08-24)24 August 1949
Place of birth Chiswick, England
Date of death 10 September 2007(2007-09-10) (aged 58)
Place of death Barton on Sea, England[1]
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1970 Brentford 86 (10)
1971–1972 Guildford City
1975 Slough Town 14 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

George Richard Dobson (24 August 1949 – 10 September 2007) was an English football Winger and coach who played in the Football League for Brentford. He later dropped into non-league football, appearing for Guildford City and Slough Town.

Playing career[edit]

Brentford[edit]

A winger, Dobson joined Brentford at a young age and came through the youth ranks,[2] making his debut in a 1–0 Division Four win over Chesterfield at Griffin Park on 25 February 1967 at the age of just 17.[3] He quickly established himself as a first team regular, making 37 appearances during the 1967–68 season and winning rave reviews for his ability to take on and beat opposition full backs.[2][3] Dobson's appearance count reduced during the 1968–69 season as a broken ankle hindered his progress.[2] An injury to Dobson's other leg ensured he would not be the same player again and he departed the Bees in the summer of 1970, having made 93 appearances and scored 10 goals for the club.[2]

Non-league football[edit]

After his release from Brentford, Dobson had spells with non-league sides Guildford City and Slough Town in the 1970s.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Dobson later returned to Brentford to work in the club's Centre Of Excellence.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Dobson had two sons, Michael and Richard, who were both on the books at Brentford, with Michael making over 200 appearances for the first team between 2000 and 2006, many of them as captain.[5] Richard went on to work in the Centre Of Excellence at Brentford and coached the club's women's side,[2] before moving to Wycombe Wanderers in 2007 to work in the club's youth system, rising to become first team assistant manager in 2011.[6][7] Dobson, a cancer sufferer, died on 10 September 2007.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brentford 1966–67[3] Fourth Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1967–68[3] 36 3 0 0 1 0 37 3
1968–69[3] 28 3 0 0 3 0 31 3
1969–70[3] 20 4 1 0 2 0 23 4
Total 86 10 1 0 6 0 93 10
Slough Town 1975–76[4] Isthmian League First Division 14 1 0 0 1[a] 0 15 1
Career total 100 11 1 0 6 0 1 0 108 11
  1. ^ Appearance in FA Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "George Dobson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920–2006. Yore Publications. p. 48. ISBN 978-0955294914. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. pp. 389–390. ISBN 0951526200. 
  4. ^ a b "The Official Website of Slough Town FC | George Dobson". SloughTownFC.net. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Brentford FC Michael Dobson takes on running challenge". Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "BBC Sport – Richards Dobson becomes Wycombe Wanderers assistant". Bbc.co.uk. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Five Minutes of Your Time Please; Richard Dobson". 2nd Yellow. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.