Hull-born defender, and occasional striker, Ian Dobson came through the apprenticeship ranks at Hull City in the mid 1970s after attending Rile High School. He was given his first team debut by manager John Kaye towards the end of 1975/76 season and played occasionally during the following season. In 1977/78 he established himself as a first choice centre back under new boss Bobby Collins. Collins lasted only four months and City were relegated in May 1978, but Dobson retained his first team place in the Third Division under Ken Houghton, albeit that injuries kept him out of the team on two occasions for several weeks. Dobson was again first choice at the start of 1979/80 but when Mike Smith took over the manager’s hot seat in January 1980 Dobson was quickly dropped and jettisoned. Dobson scored his first goal for City in April 1977 during an away game at Plymouth, during a short spell filling in for Jeff hemmerman in the front line. He scored his second goal, the winner, later in that same match. His final goal came in a 2-2 draw at home to Exeter in October 1979.
In June 1980 Dobson signed for Hereford United and in two seasons at Edgar Street he played 49 times in all competitions and scored five goals, despite missing 11 months of football between November 1980 and October 1981. Released by the Bulls in 1982, Dobson headed to Australia where he spent 9 years playing for several clubs in the Melbourne area.
In 1989 he took over as player-manager of Croydon City Arrows, beginning a highly successful 22 year career in club management. Dobson lifted the National Soccer League and Cup double in 1996 with Melbourne Knights, and claimed eight Victoria State League titles with Altona Magic (twice) and Green Gully (six times). Dobson managed Green Gully for ten years over two spells, a club formed in the 1950s by Maltese men settling in Australia, and was later the Director of Coaching. From 1986 Dobson also managed EYMAC, a commercial kitchen design and installation business based in the Ringwood suburb of Melbourne.
Date/Place of Birth: 3 October 1957, Hull
Hull City First Game: 10 April 1976, Fulham A (Division Two), 18 years, 190 days old
Hull City Final Game: 14 March 1980, Swindon Town H (Division Three), 22 years, 163 days old
Hull City (1975-1980), Hereford United (1980-1982), Croydon City Arrows (1982-1983), Preston Makedonia (1984-1987), Melbourne Croatia (1987-1988), Croydon City Arrows (1989-1991)
Hull City Record
Career: 106 apps, 7 goalsIan Dobson
|1976/77||7 (3)||2||1 (0)||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1977/78||28 (1)||3||1 (0)||0||2 (0)||0||-||-||3 (0)||0|
|1978/79||22 (2)||0||-||-||3 (0)||0||-||-||-||-|
|1979/80||26 (0)||2||2 (0)||0||2 (0)||0||-||-||-||-|