michael dawson - fact file

2005 -         defender

Born on 18th November 1983 in Northallerton, Yorkshire, England.

Height : - 1.95m  (6' 2")

Weight : -  85 kgs  (12 stone)


A signing for £4 million of an £8 million double deal for Andy Reid and himself, Michael Dawson had proved to be a shrewd signing for Tottenham.  While other clubs had looked at him and decided to wait, Spurs nipped in to bring him to White Hart Lane and his brave and determined performance set him out as a player who will be a firm favourite at the club for his never-say-die attitude.

Attended the Wensleydale School in Leyburn, North Yorkshire.

Michael's older brother Andy played for Hull City as a defender and another brother Kevin dropped out of the game after breaking a leg and now works for Middlesbrough's Football in the Community scheme.  Michael broke into the Nottingham Forest side as a 19 year old.  His height was a great advantage for him and his aerial ability was matched by a good footballing brain and good distribution of the ball.  Forest failed to get promoted that season, losing out to Sheffield United in the play-off final, with Dawson missing the second leg after getting sent off in the first game. 

During the summer, Michael travelled with the Under-21s and picked up glandular fever, which ruled him out of the start of the following season, in which he picked up a number of niggling injuries.  When he returned, he found manager Paul Hart, who gave him his break, had been replaced by Joe Kinnear, who transformed the campaign into one of safety rather than a fight against relegation.  The impact he made, despite being in the First Division, was such that he was called up to train with the full England squad in November 2002, just six months after his debut.

However, the following season was not a lot better and Gary Megson was brought into the hot seat, but could not prevent Forest dropping into the Second Division/League One.  By this time, Andy Reid, who Spurs had chased for many months, was signed, along with Michael Dawson for a combined fee of £8 million (£4 million each) on 31st January 2005.

Not fully fit when Michael arrived at the club, he had to wait until near the end of the season for his debut and had a fine game against Liverpool - the club he supported as a youngster and one of the clubs who dithered over signing the central defender while Tottenham made a decisive move for him.

When paired with Ledley King, they form the strongest defensive pairing Spurs have had in many a long year.  Ledley's pace and ability on the floor perfectly complement Dawson's aerial domination and his blocking and tackling.  Michael has also taken the armband, firstly against Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter final against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in March 2007.

His game has improved after Tottenham's involvement in the UEFA Cup and although he was only named as a stand-by player for the 2006 World Cup finals, he surely has a future in the England team in years to come.

A player who missed only one game in 2006-07, Michael showed his commitment to Tottenham by signing a five year contract in May 2007 and it is one signing that Spurs fans will welcome with open arms, as Dawson plays the game with a smile on his face and that is exactly what he puts on the supporters faces too - especially when his header at home to Chelsea in November 2006 helped Tottenham to their first win over the Pensioners in many years.

Unfortunately, through injury Michael missed out on the League Cup Final of 2008, which saw Spurs beat Chelsea and the defender was not favoured by manager Juande Ramos, but when Harry Redknapp replaced the Spanish Head Coach, he re-instated Dawson as one of the players who gave everything for the cause.  Daws was also named as captain on a couple of occasions.

Once more injury struck Michael, as he picked up an Achilles injury in a pre-season friendly at Bournemouth and was set to miss the start of the 2009-2010 season.  Came back to fitness and was a regular in the middle of the defence with Ledley King's on-going knee injury keeping him out, until his impressive form was interrupted when Daws suffered another Achilles knock against Portsmouth at home in the Premier League.

Following a season when he was instrumental in helping the club into the Champions League, Dawson was included in the initial squad of 28 for the World Cup, but was cut from the final 22 and made his way home, only to be called to South Africa when Rio Ferdinand injured himself in training.  Michael didn't play in the tournament, but did get a first cap when he came on as a half time sub at Wembley in the friendly against Hungary just before the start of the 2010-11 season.

Forever throwing his body in the line of shots, Dawson's courage knew few bounds, but an ankle injury early in the 2011-12 season ruled him out for the whole campaign and two ankle operations meant he would not be ready until the following pre-season.

With new Head Coach Andre Vilas-Boas coming in, Michael did not seem to fit into his plans and with no prospect of being a first choice, Spurs accepted an offer from Queens Park Rangers of £7.5 million (with £2.5 million on conditions being met) with the player needing to pass a medical to complete the deal in late August 2012.

However, Dawson said that he wanted to stick with the club and prove he was worth a place in the team.  Having sat down and spoken with AVB, the captain went about proving his point and was a stalwart of the defence in the season that saw Spurs miss out on Europe by a point, but such was his turnaround of the coach's opinion of him, Daws put pen to paper on a contract extension in October 2013 to stay until July 2016.

However, with the new manager Mauricio Pochettino coming in during the summer of 2014, new players arrived in the middle of defence and Michael was deemed to be a player who was allowed to move on, returning to his native Yorkshire with Hull City.

A player who always conducted himself in the utmost professional manner and never raised a fuss when it looked like he was being eased out of the club, Dawson lead the team in a similar fashion and gave his all for Tottenham.  He will be remembered as a true Spur and one who gave great service in his nine years at White Hart Lane.

Married to Anna.



Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Nottingham Forest (trainee) July 2000 - ??  ?? ??
Nottingham Forest (professional) November 2000 - v Walsall  1st April 2002  (lost 2-3) 90+1 as sub 7
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 31st January 2005 £4,000,000  v Liverpool (Away) 16th April 2005  (Drew 2-2) ?? 10
Hull City 26th August 2014 Undisclosed v ?? ??
- ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
Nottingham Forest
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals

England international
Debut :  11th August 2010  v Hungary (Friendly) (Wembley) won 2-1.
1 full caps;  0 goals
B International
1 cap; ?? goals
13 caps; 0 goals
1 cap; ?? goals

150th Spurs appearance v West Bromwich Albion (away)  28th December 2008
300th Spurs appearance v Manchester City (away)  24th November 2013
400th total career appearance v Manchester United (away)  1st January 2014



Most difficult opponent : Wayne Rooney/Ruud van Nistelrooy or Heidar Helguson/Brian McBride
Best Player in the Premiership at the moment : Tom Huddlestone
Was an all-rounder at cricket when he played at a younger age
Regularly beats Teemu Tainio at golf, although not great at it.
Would pick John Terry (Chelsea), Richard Dunne (Man C), Gary Neville (Man U) and John Arne Riise (Liverpool) as his defenders in a Dream Team competition.
Strangest gifts received from Spurs fans :  A cuddly dog; a set of chopsticks from Korea
Car : a BMW X5
Who would play your part in a film of your life : Jude Law


First record :  First one bought for him was Bat Out of Hell by Meatloaf
First foreign holiday :  Tenerife
First pair of new boots : Patrick, but favourites were New Balance with yellow N on side
First part-time job : Milkman (age 13)
First goal : A header against Stoke City at the City Ground for Nottingham Forest
First time in hospital : When 3 or 4 had perthes (a condition of the hips) and was in hospital for 3 months
First England match : An Under-17 international against Holland at Hitchin Town playing last 20 minutes as a substitute.
Was a centre forward in youth football and scored lots of goals.


Was rated eighth best defender in the Premier League according to Opta statistics for the season 2009-10.


Highlight of 2011
Leading the team out at AC Milan, having missed the Inter match through injury, was special.  Then to go on and win at the San Siro, fantastic.

Lowlight of 2011
It's got to be the injury.  I worked throughout the pre-season and then got injured so early, and that has ruled me out of most of the season so far.  The 5-1defeat to Manchester City wasn't the best of days either.

Best personal moment of 2011
I've got to go back to the San Siro again, standing in the tunnel with the captain's armband on, ready to lead the side out against AC Milan.

Best Spurs Player of 2011
I'd have to go for Gareth Bale. 

Best Goal of 2011
I'd have to go for Kyle's against Arsenal, a great strike, his first goal for Tottenham.

One To Watch for 2012
I'll say Kyle Walker.  he's showed us all what he can do in the first half of the season, won his first England caps and I believe he will go from strength to strength.

Target for 2012
It's got to be to finish in the top four, but we'll look to try and play as well as we have been playing and win as many games as possible.

... a New Year's Resolution ?
... To stay fit and play as many games as possible.


Hotspur magazine - November 2012

Mathew Horne was at school with Michael Dawson's wife Anna.
That was how the Spurs defender's shirt came to be on the wall in the BBC comedy series “Gavin & Stacey”.



What they said about Michael Dawson
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What Michael Dawson said about ...
... being made captain of Spurs against Spartak Moscow ...  02.01.2009 (THFC programme)

"I realise that if Ledley (King), Woody (Jonathan Woodgate) or JJ (Jermaine Jenas) had played, then they would have been captain, but when I'm called upon, then it's a privilege and makes me very proud.  It's great for m, but I also believe that it's great just to be out there playing, whoever the captain is.  This is a big club and I Just want to play football at the end of the day."

... about his brother Andy being in the opposition in a game against him for the first time ...  05.10.2008 (THFC programme)

"It will be a special day.  All the family are down.  Andy's wife and kids, my girlfriend, Kev (his other brother), Mum and Dad (Yvonne and Stuart), my mates.  Hopefully it will be a great day.
Mum and Dad will probably want a draw, but it's a situation where we've got to go out and win and it's not about me playing for Tottenham and Andy playing for Hull, it's about Tottenham getting a win and that's all it boils down to.  When we cross that white line, it's all about winning.
We've never played together professionally.  In fact, the only time we've all played together that I can remember was a seven-a-side game that my Dad helped run when we were back home at a little place called Reeth

... joining Spurs ...  12.02.2005 (THFC programme)

"When the chance to come to a place like this came along I made my mind up straight away.  There is big competition for places here and that is good.  It will bring a lot out of me, coming to a massive club like this and learning from good players.  I can't wait to pull the shirt on and hopefully do well."

... on his debut for Spurs ...  20.04.2005.. (THFC programme)

"I was certainly relieved to get that first game under my belt and of course, I was thrilled to pull on the Tottenham shirt and get out there with the lads.
Since my move from Forest, I've just been waiting for my chance and luckily enough the gaffer gave me it on Saturday. Noureddine (Naybet) and Tony (Gardner) were injured, so the chance came along, sometimes you need a bit of luck like that and I made the most of my opportunity.
I thought I'd be playing for the Reserves against Arsenal, but the gaffer had faith in me and what a place to make your debut. It was only the second time I've ever been to Anfield, it was a great feeling and I loved every minute of it.
It was very frustrating for me when I first moved here, not being able to get out and train with the lads. Also, there's always pressure on you until you make that first appearance, so now that it is out of the way, hopefully I can push on from here.

I've got my home debut to come and I hope it will be as good as my away one. Getting a point at Anfield was a great result for us and fingers crossed I'll be involved tonight and we can get the win we really need."

...  Scott Parker ...  February 2012 (Hotspur magazine)

"He's been phenomenal. He's a war horse, gets around the pitch, wins the ball. He certainly makes a difference."

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