Focus On; Martin Dobson

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Martin Dobson (born 14 February 1948; Rishton) popularly known as Dobbo is a former professional footballer and England international who played as a midfielder. He was the first player to be transferred for £300,000 when Everton bought him from Burnley in August 1974.

He was born in Blackburn and attended Clitheroe Royal Grammar School. He was signed as youngster by Bolton Wanderers who spotted him playing for Lancashire Grammar Schools. However he was given a free transfer and moved on to Burnley.

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.


  • Full Name: John Martin Dobson
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of Birth: 14.02.1948
  • Birthplace: Rishton
  • Nation: England
    • Full Caps: 5
  • Major League Career
    • 1967-74, Burnley (23/6)
    • 1974-78, Everton (315/164)
    • 1978-83, Burnley (186/20)
    • 1983-85, Bury (61/4)
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