Martin DOBSON

Martin Dobson - Everton FC - League Appearances

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 11 April 1978

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    • POSITION
      Midfielder
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Saturday, 14 February 1948
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Blackburn, England.
  • INTERNATIONAL
  • England
  • CLUBS
  • Everton FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1974-1979
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 31st August 1974 in a 2-1 win at home to Arsenal (Aged: 26)
    • Club Career
      190 League apps, 29 goals
  • Burnley FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1967-1974 & 1978-1983.
    • League Debut
    • Club Career
      410 League games 63 goals.
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Martin DOBSON - Everton FC - League Appearances

Martin Dobson returned to Burnley in August 1979 for a fee of £100,000 after five years at Goodison,

which saw him score 29 goals in 190 league games. He is pictured above during the 3-2 defeat

against Coventry in April 1978. Back at Burnley and played a further 186 League games

for them scoring 20 goals.

Between 1983 - 1985 he finished his playing career at Bury - 61 League Games 1 goal.

He also managed Bury, Bristol Rovers, Northwich Victoria and in 2010 was caretaker Manager at Turf Moor.

 

Burnley:   1967-1968     Played   14     Scored   3   goals   (Division 1)
     1968-1969     Played   23     Scored   4   goals   (Division 1)
     1969-1970     Played   36     Scored   6   goals   (Division 1)
     1970-1971     Played   25     Scored   4   goals   (Division 1)
     1971-1972     Played   42     Scored   9   goals   (Division 2)
     1972-1973     Played   41     Scored   12   goals   (Division 2)
     1973-1974     Played   40     Scored   4   goals   (Division 1)
     1974-1975     Played   3     Scored   1   goal   (Division 1)
 
Transferred in August 1974
 
Everton:   1974-1975     Played   30     Scored   5   goals   (Division 1)
     1975-1976     Played   42     Scored   5   goals   (Division 1)
     1976-1977     Played   40     Scored   8   goals   (Division 1)
     1977-1978     Played   38     Scored   7   goals   (Division 1)
     1978-1979     Played   40     Scored   4   goals   (Division 1)
 

 

Martin Dobson became Britain's first £300,000 player when he joined Everton from Burnley

in August 1974. He is pictured above during the 2-2 draw against Sheffield United on

12th. October 1974.    Photograph George Herringshaw.  ©


One of the many things for which Alf Ramsey's final game as England coach was famous was the number of debutants who featured. The 1974 friendly in Portugal, which ended goalless, showcased no less than half a dozen new international careers, with Burnley's mountainous midfielder Martin Dobson among them. Ramsey's departure initially curtailed Dobson's subsequent claims, with temporary replacement Joe Mercer opting for more experience for the summer Home Internationals, but an on-song Dobson returned for the close season tour of Eastern Europe when other teams were playing at the World Cup, and he started - and ended - all three undefeated games in East Germany, Bulgaira and Yugoslavia. A move to Everton followed (Martin is pictured above in action for the Toffees) but the fact that he was now playing for a bigger club did nothing for his chances at international level. Dobson was cast aside after helping England beat Czechoslovakia 3-0 at Wembley in the first qualifier for the 1976 European Championships in what proved to be the first of a number of Revie eccentricities in the job. At 26 years of age he was at his peak but was never asked back. (Matthew Rudd)