The Dawson Family

Three generations of Montagu Cup finalists.  Eric Dawson's father, Sidney, played for Grimsby Town and his son, Colin, won at Wembley!  All three of them played in Montagu Cup finals.

Sidney Dawson.  Scored a record 4 goals in the Montagu Cup final of 1914 with Kilnhurst Town and then went on to play for Grimsby Town.

Sidney's grandson, Colin Dawson,  won the Montagu Cup 3 times - in 1968, 1972 and 1973.  He played at Wembley in 1975 for Matlock Town. 

Eric Dawson (Sidney's son & Colin's dad) played in the 1951 final for Bowbroom WMC

Eric Dawson

Colin Dawson (Swinton) went on to play for Bridlington and Matlock Town.  Two years after winning the Montagu Cup, Colin was playing in a Wembley final in Matlock Town's finest hour...

 

Pete Scott (Kilnhurst) nods down for Colin Dawson to score at Wembley on his birthday.  Colin is the number 6 in the photo.  It was a 4-0 vistory for Matlock against Scarborough in the FA Trophy. 
Ex- England player, Peter Swan, was the manager. More at
https://dondearneschoolfootball.wordpress.com/matlock-town-1974-75/

Matlock Town FC with the FA Trophy and a Derbyshire Senior Cup.  Colin Dawson is on the front row, furthest right).  Pete Scott is also on the front row, 2nd in from the left.  Colin is pictured with the FA Challenge Trophy.

Sidney's Montagu Charity Cup medal from 1914

Sidney played alongside Walter Tull in the Northampton Town team (see photo). 
Walter was one of the first black footballers to play elite level football in England and was the first black Officer in the British Army.
Both Walter's parents died when he was a child and he grew up in an orphanage in Kent.  He went on to play for Tottenham Hotspur and Northampton Town before World War One interrupted his football career.

Tragically, Walter lost his life on 25th March 1918 whilst serving in northern France (Somme).  There is a campaign for a posthumous military cross.
More on Walter at:  https://waltertull.org/walter-tull-bbc/

Colin's wife, Sheila, also has a connection with the Montagu Cup.  Her father, George Frith, won it in 1949 and her grandfather, Tommy Frith won it in 1923.  Both played for Kilnhurst teams.

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