Jerry Dawson (footballer, born 1909)

James "Jerry" Dawson (30 October 1909 – 19 January 1977) was a Scottish footballer who spent most of his career playing for Rangers.

Jerry Dawson
Personal information
Full name James Dawson
Date of birth (1909-10-30)30 October 1909
Place of birth Falkirk, Scotland
Date of death 19 January 1977(1977-01-19) (aged 67)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
Camelon Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1929–1945 Rangers 236 (0)
1945–1949 Falkirk 78 (0)
National team
1934–1939 Scotland 14 (0)
1931–1941 Scottish League XI 11 (0)
Teams managed
1953–1958 East Fife
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Born in Falkirk, Dawson's position as a goalkeeper saw him nicknamed Jerry after the famous English custodian with whom he shared a surname.[1] He began his career playing with local Junior side Camelon, before turning professional with Rangers in November 1929.[1] He spent the next 16 years with the Ibrox side, winning the Scottish league five times and the Scottish Cup twice. He made 236 league appearances for Rangers and was capped 14 times by Scotland between 1934 and 1939. He also appeared 11 times for the Scottish League XI.[2]

Dawson moved to home-town club Falkirk in 1945 and retired at the end of the 1948–49 season. After a spell as a journalist with the Daily Record, he moved into coaching when appointed East Fife's manager in July 1953.[1] He guided his new side to the League Cup within months of his appointment but eventually left the Fifers in July 1958, after they suffered relegation to the Second Division.

Dawson's contribution to Scottish football has been recognised by former club Rangers and he was posthumously elected to their Hall of Fame.[3] Dawson was nicknamed "The Prince in the Yellow Jersey" because Rangers traditionally had a yellow goalkeeper jersey.


  1. Lamming, Douglas (1987). A Scottish Soccer Internationalists Who's Who, 1872–1986 (Hardback). Hutton Press. ISBN 0-907033-47-4. ().
  2. "Scotland FL Players by Appearances". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
  3. , Rangers