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Martin Dobson
Personal information
Full name John Martin Dobson
Date of birth February 14, 1948 (1948-02-14) (age 61)
Place of birth    Rishton, England
Height 5' 11" (180cm)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Bolton Wanderers
000 0(0)
224 (43)
190 (29)
186 (20)
061 0(4)   
National team
1974 England 005 0(0)
Teams managed
Bury F.C.
Bristol Rovers

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Martin Dobson, popularly known as "Sir Dobbo", was born February 14, 1948 in Rishton, England. He is a former professional footballer and England international who played as a midfielder.

He had a long and successful playing career, playing for almost 20 years and totalling over 600 league appearances while playing for Burnley, Everton and Bury. He won 5 England caps overall, 4 while at Burnley and 1 at Everton. His first England cap was given to him on April 3, 1974 in a 0-0 draw against Portugal by legendary manager Sir Alf Ramsey because of FA Cup commitments of other players. However, he impressed enough to win 4 more caps throughout the year.

As well as finishing his playing career with Bury F.C., Dobson became their manager until 1989. During this period they were promoted from the old Fourth Division and became an established Third Division side.[1]

Dobson was appointed manager of Bristol Rovers in July 1991, however he was sacked after only 12 games in charge in October of the same year.[2] On 10 January 2010 he was appointed caretaker manager of Premier League side and former club Burnley after Owen Coyle left the club for Bolton Wanderers, but the team played no matches under Dobson's stewardship.

Brian Laws, the new Burnley manager has however kept Dobson on his coaching staff in the short-term as he builds up his backroom staff. Once he has done this, Dobson will return full-time to his role of Director of Youth Development at Burnley FC.[3]

Manager stats

Club From To P W D L %Won
England Bristol Rovers 2 July 1991 3 October 1991 12 1 2 9 8.3

External links


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  2. ^ Byrne, Stephen; Jay, Mike (2003). Bristol Rovers Football Club - The Definitive History 1883-2003. Stroud: Tempus. ISBN 0-7524-2717-2.  
  3. ^,,10413~1931940,00.html


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