Alex Dawson - Brentford FC - RIP

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This is really sad news. He was a big burly old school centre forward who revitalised us after we made an appalling start to the 1970/71 season. He had fallen out of favour at Brighton and signed a short term loan deal. He combined well with Roger Cross and Bobby Ross and John Dovcherry provided the supply line. He ended his spell in glory with the last gasp goal against Gillingham in the FA Cip but we could not agree terms with him, apparently about providing him with a house. He returned to Brighton and never played another game. We eventually signed John O’Mara and the rest is history.
 

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This is really sad news. He was a big burly old school centre forward who revitalised us after we made an appalling start to the 1970/71 season. He had fallen out of favour at Brighton and signed a short term loan deal. He combined well with Roger Cross and Bobby Ross and John Dovcherry provided the supply line. He ended his spell in glory with the last gasp goal against Gillingham in the FA Cip but we could not agree terms with him, apparently about providing him with a house. He returned to Brighton and never played another game. We eventually signed John O’Mara and the rest is history.

I remember him inspiring a thrilling 4+2 home victory against Grimsby in early 1969, after being behind. I was on the Royal Oak terrace. Amazing scenes.I can still picture the jubilation.
RIP Alex
 
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I remember him inspiring a thrilling 4+2 home victory against Grimsby in early 1969, after being behind. I was on the Royal Oak terrace. Amazing scenes.I can still picture the jubilation.
RIP Alex

I remember that game well but Alex joined us a while later.
 

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I remember that game well but Alex joined us a while later.

you're absolutely right NLB
I'm actually remembering a combination of two wins against Grimsby, the 4-2, with the robust Pat Terry leading the line and a 2-0 win over the Mariners in the 70-71 season with Dawson on the scoresheet.
Interesting to note also that Alex also figured in that extraordinary 6´4 game against York City when we conceded 3 goals in less than as many minutes having been 5-1 up
 

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Just before my time.

RIP Alex.
 

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Rip Alex.
The last player to score a FA Cup Semi final hat trick.
He was only 18 vs Fulham,5-3 to Utd, in 1958.
He scored at Old Trafford in the 5th Round vs Sheffield Wednesday in a 3-0 win.
The first game after the Munich Air Crash.
 

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I was at the cup tie when he scored. There were rumours at the time that we might sign him perminately. Sad news . Rest in peace Alex.
 

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Very sad news I remember him well. Proper centre forward, great player. RIP
 

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RIP Alex... I too remember him well. Having seen him playing for Preston in the 1964 FA cup final v West Ham i couldnt believe we were buying such a ' famous' player !! ..
 

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RIP Alex... I too remember him well. Having seen him playing for Preston in the 1964 FA cup final v West Ham i couldnt believe we were buying such a ' famous' player !! ..
His nickname at United was The Black Prince..a very fine player of the old school.
 

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My dad had taken me to Brentford from a very young age, but the FA Cup game v. Gillingham in November 1970 is the first specific game at Griffin Park I remember. Nine years old. Two minutes to go. 0-1 down. Johnnie Doc equalises and then Alex Dawson scores a winner deep into injury time. For the first time in my young life I witnessed scenes at GP.... and I've been going ever since. Thank you Alex. As my old man said at the time - and it was his greatest compliment - you were a "proper" player. RIP.


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I want to say that it's the first game I really remember, too. But apparently I don't remember it very well. My fuzzy memory is convinced that Dawson got the equaliser and Cross got the winner with a rebound.

RIP.
 

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RIP. The last couple of minutes of that Gillingham game still live in my memory. He was way past his best when he came to us. but he certainly knew how to get the ball in the net, one way or another.
 

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Remember being excited that a football "name" was playing for us. RIP Alex.
 

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RIP Alex. Never forget the gills cup tie.
 

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Remember him scoring a diving header when the ball was very close to the ground, can't remember who against, great player RIP Alex (The Black Prince)
 

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RIP. The last couple of minutes of that Gillingham game still live in my memory. He was way past his best when he came to us. but he certainly knew how to get the ball in the net, one way or another.

In that game it was 'another'.
 

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Was at the Gillingham game but left early because my younger brother was bored, 0-1 when we left. Got back to Chiswick and asked Wally, the paper stall holder at the top of Devonshire Road, and he hadn't had an update. Got home and mum, of course, hadn't looked out for the result. It was only the next morning I found out we'd won. It was the last time I left early, and the last time I took my brother.
BTW I loved Alex, in the brief time he was with us he showed great heart and effort.
 

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This is really sad news. He was a big burly old school centre forward who revitalised us after we made an appalling start to the 1970/71 season. He had fallen out of favour at Brighton and signed a short term loan deal. He combined well with Roger Cross and Bobby Ross and John Dovcherry provided the supply line. He ended his spell in glory with the last gasp goal against Gillingham in the FA Cip but we could not agree terms with him, apparently about providing him with a house. He returned to Brighton and never played another game. We eventually signed John O’Mara and the rest is history.

R.I.P. Alex Dawson. One of my all-time favourite Bees players, despite the fact he only played 11 games (incl FA Cup). It was like adding a battering-ram to the forward line.

I well remember being down behind the goal for the last-gasp winner vs Gillingham. Couldn't understand at the time why we didn't sign him permanently.
 

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Alex was on loan and following the Gillingham game it was pretty much nailed on that he would sign permanently. It all fell through as far as I recall as he wanted a club house as part of the deal.At that time of couirse such things did not exist. Think he went into non league football in the Kettering area.
 

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Was at the Gillingham game but left early because my younger brother was bored, 0-1 when we left. Got back to Chiswick and asked Wally, the paper stall holder at the top of Devonshire Road, and he hadn't had an update. Got home and mum, of course, hadn't looked out for the result. It was only the next morning I found out we'd won. It was the last time I left early, and the last time I took my brother.
BTW I loved Alex, in the brief time he was with us he showed great heart and effort.

Dont leave early on Wednesday.....you may miss the celebrations.......You Reds...
 

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My dad had taken me to Brentford from a very young age, but the FA Cup game v. Gillingham in November 1970 is the first specific game at Griffin Park I remember. Nine years old. Two minutes to go. 0-1 down. Johnnie Doc equalises and then Alex Dawson scores a winner deep into injury time. For the first time in my young life I witnessed scenes at GP.... and I've been going ever since. Thank you Alex. As my old man said at the time - and it was his greatest compliment - you were a "proper" player. RIP.


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Those white socks.....urrgghh
 
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