Left back Andy Dawson was the most influential defender in City’s rise from fourth tier to the top table during the 2000s, and resides in the top 20 appearance makers in the club’s history. Dawson signed for City in May 2003 and his influence on the City backline was immediate as the Tigers won promotion for the first time in nineteen years. As City rose through the divisions other left backs were signed by Peter Taylor, used occasionally but it was never long before Dawson was restored to the first team. He was a tenacious tackler, a surprisingly quick mover and took a decent free kick from 25 to 30 yards. When City reached the Premier League Andy was reaching the peak of his powers and he quietly dominated his more illustrious foes in the top flight, none more so than the pacy Theo Walcott at Arsenal who found himself in the clear during the seminal 2-1 City victory, only to find Dawson haring after him,catching him and executing a perfect tackle. When City dropped out of the Premier League in 2010 Dawson took the role of senior pro in the defence and often captained the sides managed by both Nigel Pearson and Nicky Barmby. But during 2012-13, Dawson’s tenth season at the club, his influence waned and his contract was not renewed. His long service earned a testamonial match against Real Betis in August 2013, with proceeds going to a local charity. Andy Dawson – one of the four legends that played for City in all four tiers of the senior game in England and a proper City hero.
Dawson came from a legendary North Yorkshire-born footballing family (his brother Michael later played for and captained City in the 2010s) and started his career at Nottingham Forest before a move to Scunthorpe in 1999. In four seasons Dawson compiled over 200 senior appearances for The Iron and had a reputation as one of the finest full backs in the lower leagues when he switched to Hull City.
Dawson returned to Scunthorpe United in 2013 as a player coach. His playing career ended in 2015 but Dawson is still on the coaching staff at Glanford Park. Indeed, he had two spells as caretaker manager in 2014 and 2019, the latter spell couldn’t prevent The Iron’s relegation to League Two.
Date/Place of Birth: 20 October 1978, Northallerton
Hull City First Game: 8 September 2003, Doncaster Rovers A (League Division 3), 24 years, 323 days old
Hull City Final Game: 15 January 2013, Leyton Orient A (FA Cup Third Round), 34 years, 87 days old
Nottingham Forest (1996-1999), Scunthorpe United (1998-1999, loan), Scunthorpe United (1999-2003), Hull City (2003-2013), Scunthorpe United (2013-2015)
Hull City Record
Career: 317 apps, 10 goalsAndy Dawson
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