A highly skilful player, Jason Dozzell was a big money signing for Tottenham, but he failed to show the White Hart Lane crowd the same form he had displayed while coming through the ranks at Ipswich Town.
Educated at the local Chantry High School, Ipswich and playing local boys football for Langham Lions, Dozzell started his association with the Suffolk side when they signed him as a junior, ahead of West Ham United and Nottingham Forest. Progressed through the youth and reserve sides very quickly, as he was tall for his age and was fast tracked to the first team by manager Bobby Ferguson. Jason was the youngest scorer of a goal in the top flight for many years when he netted for Ipswich Town aged just 16 years and 57 days after coming on against Coventry City on his debut. That was 10 months before he became a professional.
Joined Tottenham in the summer of 1993 to become Ossie Ardiles' first signing, but failed to become the influential play-maker than the manager hoped. His languid approach to the game made it look like he wasn't giving 100% to a number of Spurs fans and this failed to make him a crowd favourite. Having said that, he did get up in support of the attack from a midfield position and scored a few important goals, but his general contribution was not up to the standard expected and maybe he suffered by making the move to a big club too soon.
He also suffered a number of injuries while at Spurs and this did not help him have a long run in the side, so in 1997 he went on loan to Ipswich for a month, before signing for Northampton Town. His one season there was successful, as the team reached a promotion play-off final at Wembley and after that he move don again, this time to Essex side Colchester United. Around Christmas 2000 he sustained a toe injury and as he failed to regain his former level of play, he retired from playing in league football in September 2001.
He went to play at Canvey Island and Grays Athletic in non-league until, in 2003, he took over as manager at local non-league team Ipswich Wanderers and lead them to the Jewson's Eastern Counties Football League Division One and promotion to the Premier Division for 2005-06, but left at the end of that season because of "off field" issues. Jason went on to manage Suffolk side Leiston until November 2007 and has not been involved with football since then.