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Martin Dobson

Personal information
Full nameJohn Martin Dobson
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing positionMidfielder

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Martin Dobson, popularly known as "Sir Dobbo", was born on 14 February 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 3 April 1974 in a 0-0 draw against Portugal by 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, Dobson became their manager until 1989. During this period they were promoted from the old Fourth Division and became an established Third Division side.

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. 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, Dobson managed the team along with Brian Law and Graham Alexander against Manchester United which Burnley lost 3-0.

Brian Laws, the Burnley manager at the time kept Dobson on his coaching staff in the short-term as he built up his backroom staff. Dobson has now returned full-time to his role of Director of Youth Development at Burnley FC.

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