Martin Dobson

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Martin Dobson
Personal information
Full name John Martin Dobson
Date of birth (1948-02-14) 14 February 1948 (age 71)
Place of birth Rishton, Lancashire, England, UK
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966 Bolton Wanderers 0 (0)
1967–1974 Burnley 224 (43)
1974–1978 Everton 190 (29)
1978–1983 Burnley 186 (20)
1983–1985 Bury 61 (4)
Total 661 (96)
National team
1970 England U23 1 (0)
1974 England 5 (0)
Teams managed
1984–1989 Bury
1991 Bristol Rovers
1991 Northwich Victoria
2010 Burnley (Caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Martin Dobson, popularly known as "Sir Dobbo", was born on 14 February 1948 in Rishton, Lancashire, England. He is a former professional footballer and England international who played as a midfielder. He was the first player to be transferred for £300,000 when Everton bought him from Burnley in August 1974.

He had a long and successful playing career, playing for almost 20 years and totalling over 600 league appearances while playing for Burnley, Everton and Bury. He won 5 England caps overall, 4 while at Burnley and 1 at Everton. His first England cap was given to him on 3 April 1974 in a 0-0 draw against Portugal by manager Sir Alf Ramsey because of FA Cup commitments of other players. However, he impressed enough to win 4 more caps throughout the year.

As well as finishing his playing career with Bury, Dobson became their manager until 1989. During this period they were promoted from the old Fourth Division and became an established Third Division side.[1]

Dobson was appointed manager of Bristol Rovers in July 1991, however he was sacked after only 12 games in charge in October of the same year.[2] On 10 January 2010 he was appointed joint caretaker manager of Premier League side and former club Burnley, with Terry Pashley, after Owen Coyle left the club for Bolton Wanderers. However, Dobson and Pashley never managed a game due to the rapid appointment of Brian Laws.

Brian Laws, the Burnley manager at the time kept Dobson on his coaching staff in the short-term as he built up his backroom staff. Dobson had then returned full-time to his role of Director of Youth Development at Burnley.

Dobson left his post as director of Youth at Burnley in October 2011 after his contract was not renewed by manager Eddie Howe instead appointing his reserve team manager Jason Blake, from former club Bournemouth, as academy manager.


Manager stats[edit]

Club From To P W D L %Won
Bristol Rovers 2 July 1991 3 October 1991 12 1 2 9 8.3

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Bury F.C.#Past managers
  2. ^ Byrne, Stephen; Jay, Mike (2003). Bristol Rovers Football Club - The Definitive History 1883–2003. Stroud: Tempus. ISBN 0-7524-2717-2.
  3. ^,,10413~1931940,00.html