George Dobson (footballer, born 1862)

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George Dobson
Personal information
Date of birth April 1862
Place of birth Bolton, Lancashire, England
Date of death 16 October 1941(1941-10-16) (aged 79)
Place of death Liscard, Wallasey, England
Playing position Full back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1884–1885 Bolton Wanderers
1885–1889 Everton 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

George Dobson was an English footballer who played for Bolton Wanderers and then before and at the start of the Football League for Everton.[1][2] He was one of the club's first professional players.[3]

Early career[edit]

George Dobson was signed by his local club, Bolton Wanderers in 1884. In the March of following year, 1885, he moved to Everton. He played 130 matches before the Football League started in September 1888. He was described as well built, strong and a clean kicker. He made right-back his own position in the 1888–1889 season until injury finished his career in 1889.[4]

1888–1889 Season[edit]

George Dobson made his League debut on 8 September 1888, as a wing-half, at Anfield, the then home of Everton. The home team defeated the visitors, Accrington 2–1. George Dobson appeared in 18 of the 22 League matches played by Everton in season 1888–89. As a full-back he played in an Everton defence that achieved one clean-sheet and restricted the opposition to one–League–goal–in–a–match on four occasions.[5]

End of Career[edit]

George Dobson was not retained as he had an injury that prevented him from continuing as a footballer. He died in Wallasey, Cheshire on 16 October 1941, aged 79.[6]


  1. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. SoccerData. p. 75. ISBN 1-899468-67-6.
  2. ^ "George Dobson". Everton F.C. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  3. ^ Doyle, Paul (4 October 2014). "500 up - Everton getting set for historic goalscorer against Manchester United". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  4. ^ Matthews, Tony (2004). Who's Who of Everton. Mainstream Publishing. p. 74. ISBN 1-84018-819-7.
  5. ^ "English National Football Archive". Retrieved 9 February 2018. (registration & fee required)
  6. ^ Matthews, Tony (2004). Who's Who of Everton. Mainstream Publishing. p. 74. ISBN 1-84018-819-7.