The Tigers’ skipper is set to make his 100th appearance for the Club, a little over three years since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur.
We caught up with the Captain this week to get his thoughts as he prepares to bring up his century – and to see how much he can remember from his first 99 games!
“I actually didn’t realise the century was coming up until you told me, but it’s a nice landmark and I hope there are many more appearances to come,” said Dawson.
“The three years I have been here have brought ups and downs. The relegation in my first season was the worst day of my career. With the squad that we had that season, we should have stayed up but we didn’t and that was a failure.
“On the other side of that, I had one of the best days of my career 12 months later when I lifted the Play-Off trophy at Wembley. I’ve had some great days during my career so far – the various debuts you make, playing for England, winning the League Cup – but getting back to the Premier League is definitely one of the highlights for me.”
Dawson’s 99 Tigers appearances so far have included 90 in the league (87 starts and three from the bench), three in Play-Off football, two in the FA Cup and four in the League Cup.
We put a few questions to the centre back to see how much he remembers from the last three years.
Against which club did you make your Hull City debut?
“That was against Aston Villa – away!” (Correct)
How many goals have you scored for us so far?
“Seven – I read that somewhere the other day!” (Correct)
Against which club did you score your first goal in a black and amber shirt?
How many times have you been booked in your 99 appearances?
“Errrrr, I’m going to guess at….18?”
(Incorrect, the answer is actually 19)
“That wasn’t a bad guess then! That’s not too bad a number in the modern game. I think if you look back to my early days and the way the game was played then, if you played like that now there would be a lot more red cards. You can’t tackle the same way these days, you could certainly ‘get away with one’ back then.”
What has been the highlight from your 99 games for us so far?
“Promotion, without a doubt. Lifting the trophy at Wembley and getting promoted back to the Premier League is something that will live with me forever. Hopefully there are many more games to come now. I’ve enjoyed my first three years in Hull and hopefully there are plenty more achievements on the way.”