A towering England international centre half, Dawson joined the Tigers in August 2014 having built a fine reputation for defensive excellence and inspirational captaincy. While prone to occasional injuries in his early thirties, Dawson has nonetheless followed the footsteps of his brother Andy and become a figurehead for the Tigers over two relegations and a promotion. In his final season at the KCOM he wore the captain’s armband and was a near ever-present, capping a fine four year spell at the Tigers that was all the more impressive given that Dawson must have borne the brunt in the dressing room of the Allams’ mismanagement of the playing squad.
Born and raised in Leyburn, Michael joined his two elder brothers at Nottingham Forest as a youngster, made his debut at 18 and was an established first teamer by the age of 22 when Tottenham Hotspur made a double swoop for Dawson and his chubby Irish midfield teammate Andy Reid. Over the next nine years Dawson was a first team regular in the top flight, garnering experience of playing in Europe as well as international honours. He was only an irregular first teamer by 2014 when City signed him.
During the January 2018 transfer window Dawson nearly returned to his first club, Nottingham Forest, only to see the deal blocked by the Allam family. In May 2018 his City contract expired, he refused the Allams’ hamfisted contract advances and made the permanent switch back to the shores of the Trent. Dawson was made club captain at Forest but injuries reduced his game time. In two seasons at the City Ground he made 32 appearances and signed a one year contract extension, but did not make any first team appearances during the 2020/21 season. He left the club in the 2021 close season and retired from playing, completing a 20 year senior career in which he made 579 appearances and scored 27 goals.
A regular in the England under-21s, Dawson won the first of his four senior international caps in August 2010, having been a non-playing member of the 23-man squad for England in the 2010 World Cup finals.
Date/Place of Birth: 18 November 1983, Leyburn
Hull City First Game: 31 August 2014, Aston Villa A (Premier League), 30 years, 286 days old
Hull City Final Game: 28 April 2018, Cardiff City H (Championship), 34 years, 161 days old
Nottingham Forest (2001-2005), Tottenham Hotspur (2005-2014), Hull City (2014-2018), Nottingham Forest (2018-2021)
Hull City Record
Career: 132 apps, 9 goalsMichael Dawson
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