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Andrew Stuart Dawson (born 20 October 1978) is an English former professional footballer and coach.

Andy Dawson
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Dawson wearing a Hull City kit in 2007
Personal information
Full name Andrew Stuart Dawson[1]
Date of birth (1978-10-20) 20 October 1978 (age 40)
Place of birth Northallerton, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Scunthorpe United (first team coach)
Youth career
000?–1997 Nottingham Forest
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Nottingham Forest 0 (0)
1998–1999Scunthorpe United (loan) 12 (0)
1999–2003 Scunthorpe United 184 (8)
2003–2013 Hull City 293 (8)
2013–2015 Scunthorpe United 21 (0)
Total 510 (16)
Teams managed
2014 Scunthorpe United (caretaker)
2019 Scunthorpe United (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

As a player he was a defender from 1997 to 2015. Having left Nottingham Forest as a youngster he joined Scunthorpe United permanently following a loan spell. He played for United on two occasions during his career having also spent ten years with Hull City.



Early careerEdit

Born in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, Dawson is the elder brother of Michael Dawson (currently at Nottingham Forest) and Kevin Dawson (formerly of Chesterfield). Like his brothers, Andy started his professional career at Nottingham Forest, but he made only one senior appearance for them before moving to Scunthorpe for £45,000.

Hull CityEdit

Dawson moved to Hull City on 16 May 2003 on a free transfer from Scunthorpe United. During his several years at the club, he has worn the captain's armband on many occasions.

Rise up the Football LeagueEdit

Arriving in the summer, he was quickly established as manager Peter Taylor's first choice at left-back during the two promotion seasons 2003–04 and 2004–05, and played regularly in the Championship in 2005–06 until picking up an injury. He was named Hull City's Player of the Year in the 2006–07 season.[2] Dawson was also a regular in the 2007–08 season as Hull were promoted, starting for the playoff final on 24 May 2008 at Wembley.[3]

Premier League yearsEdit

Along with teammates Ian Ashbee, Boaz Myhill and Ryan France he joins an elite band of players to have taken their club up through four divisions.[4]

In 2008 Dawson completed Soccer AM's Crossbar Challenge.[5]

For both of Hull's first two seasons in the top flight of English football, Dawson was virtually ever-present in the side, also contributing one goal each season, both free kicks, the first against Stoke in 2009,[6] and the second against Everton the following season.[7]

Return to the ChampionshipEdit

Following Hull's relegation to the Championship, Dawson remained a constant in the side under new manager Nigel Pearson. On 3 January 2011, Dawson agreed a one-year contract extension with Hull City, due to expire in June 2012.[8] When Nick Barmby was appointed Hull City manager, he reinstated Dawson to the starting line-up. Dawson retained his place for the remainder of the 2011–12 season, and on 7 April 2012 replaced the injured Jack Hobbs as acting captain.[9] Following Barmby's dismissal as manager of Hull City, Dawson's future was left uncertain, especially due to the presence of the younger Joe Dudgeon as a rival for the left back position. However, on 6 July 2012 Dawson signed a new one-year deal with Hull City, earning him a testimonial, having completed ten years of service at the club through all four divisions.[10] In the 2012–13 season, Dawson became the first player in the club's history to win four promotions, with City finishing in second place in the Championship to earn automatic promotion.[11]

Dawson was released, however, on 16 May 2013, along with 11 other Hull City players, meaning that he would not be returning to the Premier League with Hull City.[12]


On 21 November 2012, Andy Dawson officially launched a series of testimonial events, raising money for the Daisy Appeal in East Yorkshire. This was supported through social networking on Facebook and Twitter.[13] On 10 August 2013, Hull City played Spanish side Real Betis in Andy Dawson's official testimonial game. The match ended 3–0, with Dawson making a small cameo role off the bench.[14] Before the main match, Dawson took part in a special 'legends game' involving a host of former Hull City players.

Scunthorpe UnitedEdit

It was announced on 30 May 2013, that Dawson had signed for Scunthorpe United on a one-year player/coach deal.[15]

On 11 October 2014 Dawson took charge of Scunthorpe United along with Tony Daws in a caretaker manager role for a league game away at Gillingham, The Iron won the game 0–3.[16][17]

On 24 March 2019, Dawson again took over Scunthorpe United as caretaker manager, replacing Stuart McCall until the end of the season.[18]

Style of playEdit

Dawson is renowned for his long-range shots, particularly from free-kicks.[2][19][20][21] He is a traditional left fullback, and when playing sports his trademark Umbro Speciali black boots, with old-fashioned white sock ties.[22]


Andy Dawson is the older brother of Nottingham Forest player Michael Dawson, and former Chesterfield defender Kevin Dawson.


Hull CityEdit



  1. ^ "Statistics" (PDF). Premier League. Retrieved 6 December 2010.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Player Profiles – Andy Dawson". Hull City A.F.C. Archived from the original on 9 August 2007. Retrieved 25 July 2007.
  3. ^ "Bristol City 0–1 Hull". BBC Sport. BBC. 24 May 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  4. ^ – Hull's Dawson happy joining brother Michael in Premiership Archived 30 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Crossbar Challenge – Hull City". Soccer AM. YouTube. 12 March 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Hull 1–2 Stoke". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 May 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Hull 3–2 Everton". BBC. BBC Sport. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Defender Andy Dawson agrees new Hull City extension". BBC Sport. BBC. 3 January 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  9. ^ "Lions Get The Better of Tigers". 5 August 2011. Archived from the original on 9 April 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Dawson Signs New Contract". The Tigers Official Website. Hull City A.F.C. 6 July 2012. Archived from the original on 9 July 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Andy Dawson set for emotional farewell as Hull City face Real Betis in testimonial". Hull Daily Mail. 9 August 2013. Archived from the original on 12 August 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  12. ^ "Abdoulaye Faye signs new Hull City deal as 12 players depart". BBC Sport. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  13. ^ "Andy Dawson Testimonial Twitter Account". Twitter. Twitter. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  14. ^ "Hull City 3 Real Betis 0: Tigers comfortably beat La Liga side in Dawson's testimonial". Daily Mail. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  15. ^ "Hull City full-back Andy Dawson rejoins Scunthorpe United". BBC Sport. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  16. ^ "Scunthorpe United: Andy Dawson surprised by Russ Wilcox exit". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  17. ^ "Gillingham 0 – 3 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. BBC. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  18. ^ "Stuart McCall: Scunthorpe United sack boss and put Andy Dawson in charge". BBC Sport. 24 March 2019. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Hull City vs Norwich City". Hull City A.F.C. Retrieved 25 July 2007.
  20. ^ "Derby County vs Hull City". Hull City A.F.C. Retrieved 25 July 2007.
  21. ^ "Middlesbrough vs Hull City". Hull City A.F.C. Retrieved 25 July 2007.
  22. ^ "We love: Andy Dawson's old skool tie ups". Hull City Kits. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012.

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