Percy Dawson (footballer)

Percival Hall Dawson (born 4 December 1889 – 1974) was an English footballer who played as a centre forward. He played in the Scottish Football League for Heart of Midlothian and in the English Football League for Blackburn Rovers, moving between them in 1914 for what is believed to be a record transfer fee at the time.

Percy Dawson
Personal information
Full name Percival Hall Dawson[1]
Date of birth (1889-12-04)4 December 1889[1]
Place of birth Cullercoats, England
Date of death 1974 (aged 7475)[1]
Height 5 ft 11+12 in (1.82 m)[2]
Position(s) Centre forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Whitley Athletic
North Shields
1911–1914 Heart of Midlothian 80 (63)
1914–1922 Blackburn Rovers
1923 Barrow
National team
1916 Scotland (wartime)[3] 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Dawson was born in Cullercoats. Early on in his football career, he played for non-league sides Whitley Athletic and North Shields before moving to Scottish club Heart of Midlothian in 1911.[4] In 1913, however, Hearts were required to sell Dawson in order to fund improvements to their Tynecastle Stadium, and he was transferred to Blackburn Rovers for a fee of £2,500 – a fee which several sources claim was a then world record transfer fee.[5]

In his first season with Blackburn, he contributed to the club winning the English First Division, and helped them to a third-place finish the following season.

The outbreak of World War I brought about an end to professional football in England for four seasons. After serving as a sergeant in the Royal Garrison Artillery during the war,[6] Dawson returned to Blackburn and remained with the club until 1922. He played four matches for Barrow in 1923 before retiring from football.


  1. Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 78. ISBN 978-1905891610.
  2. Quiz (22 August 1921). "First Division prospects. Blackburn Rovers". Athletic News. Manchester. p. 5.
  3. "Scotland player Percy Dawson". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  4. "Hearts player Percy Dawson". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  5. McCrae's Battalion: The Story of the 16th Royal Scots, Jack Alexander, 2011, 9781845968212
  6. "North East War Memorials Project – Regional Content". Retrieved 24 October 2019.