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One player who can epitomise Burnley Football Club in the
years surrounding the First World War, could arguably be
Jerry Dawson. The English International goalkeeper who
played 522 league games for Burnley.

The goalkeeper was born on 18 March 1888 in Holme-in-Cliviger,
and whilst playing for his local team Portsmouth Rovers, he came to
the attention of Burnley, and he signed professional terms with the
club in 1907. Within a season he had displaced the regular Burnley
goalkeeper Billy Green, and he didn't let go of the number 1 shirt until
the end of the 1925/26 season, even then he carried on playing his
part at the club before ending his career on Christmas Day 1928.

Jerry Dawson's really story revolved around the
FA Cup 1914 when
he was injured during the semi-final game against Sheffield United,
reserve goalkeeper Ronnie Sewell took his place in the replay, and
even though he recovered from injury enough to play in a league
game prior t the Cup Final, Jerry injured himself again, and was
replaced by Sewell for the Cup Final.

Burnley won the game against Liverpool 1-0, and although he never
played in the game, Burnley and the FA awarded Dawson a winners

The First World War robbed Jerry Dawson of many more official
Burnley appearances, but he continued to play football for Burnley
during those war years, and was one of the best goalkeepers in
England when the league reformed in 1919/20. He the played a huge
part in the
Championship winning side of 1920/21, when he kept
goal for every one of the 30 games Burnley went undefeated that

When Jerry Dawson retired, he was 40 years old, and had been an
England International, picking up his first cap at the age of 33, he
also represented the English Football League in games against the
Scottish Football League, he had also
represented Burnley Cricket Club.

Jerry Dawson never married, and lived in Cliviger until his death on
8th August 1970
Jeremiah Dawson
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Burnley Appearances:
674 (522 League)
Burnley Goals:
International Caps:
Other Teams: