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Hull City wave goodbye to club legend

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On May 16 2003, Peter Taylor signed a left-back for Hull City who had just been released by Division Two club, Scunthorpe United.

That player's name: Andy Dawson.

Ten years later and he has just played his last ever game for the Tigers - a 3-0 win over Real Betis.

Dawson, who has re-signed for the club who let him go ten years ago, only played the last few minutes of the match due to an injury he picked up during Scunthorpe's Capital One Cup first round loss in midweek.

He did, however, take full participation in the Legends game which took place before the main match. A collection of Dawson's former team-mates took part in the game, including Wembley hero Dean Windass and the man who captained Hull through all four divisions, Ian Ashbee.

Special mentions must also go to Danny Allsopp, who flew 5,000 miles at a cost of £5,000 to take part in the game, and Henrik Pedersen, who has flown in on numerous occasions from Denmark to partake in, not only this game, but the Wembley reunion which took place earlier in the year.

Dawson, the older brother of Tottenham centre-back Michael Dawson, played 317 times for the club, including 60 appearances in the Premier League.

Alongside his free-kicks, which he became famous for around East Yorkshire, he will be remembered equally for proving himself in the Premier League against some of the best wingers in the world, most notably Theo Walcott, who after bursting clear from Dawson managed to get caught up by a man eight years his senior and someone who has lacked pace since he was born.

His eight goals for the club were mostly from free-kicks, except his first for the club - a screamer against Kidderminster - and one of his goals in the only game were he scored a brace, in a FA Cup third round replay against Middlesborough. 

His never-say-never attitude led to him becoming a a fans' favourite at the KC, and the 7,991 fans who came to the testimonial match gave him a huge standing ovation as he took to the pitch in black and amber for one last time.

His first touch was met by a massive cheer and the game promptly ended.

After 26,412 minutes on the pitch in a Tigers shirt it was over. There was to be no last dazzling free-kick. No last 'Dawson turn'.

As typically understated as ever.

 

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