Friday, 10 January 2014
Jerry Dawson comes right at the very back end of where I research, but he does get in, as he made his debut in the Victory Cup, just after the war.
Starting at Camelon Juniors, he was so good that he wasted most of his career in Govan [because they pay more]. But he was a Falkirk Bairn and eventually came back. He was still a fine keeper when he was at Falkirk. But slightly past his best.
He was the spine of the team around which 'Tully' Craig started to rebuild the team in the immediate post-war era along with Kenny Dawson, James McPhie, Jimmy Fiddes, Willie Telfer & George Brookes.
As I said, not at his International peak, but a 'keeper with enough skill & 'nous' to get Falkirk out of the hole that was losing nearly seven years out of the careers of our best players, and not having a proper reserve team to bring up new talent.
He is now in Camelon Cemetery [sorry for my reflection].
James 'Jerry' Dawson
b 30th October 1909, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
d 19th January 1977, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
Debut – Saturday May 18th 1946 v Rangers (H) Victory Cup 3rd Rd
League Debut – Saturday August 10th 1946 v Heart of Midlothian (H) Scottish League Division A
Position – Goalkeeper
Scottish League Matches – 79
Scottish Cup Matches – 6
Scottish League Cup Matches - 18
Victory Cup Matches – 2
Dewar Shield Matches – 6
Stirlingshire Cup Matches – 2
Other Matches – 3
Total Matches – 116
Known Club Career – Camelon Juniors, Rangers [1929/30-1945/46], Falkirk [1945/46-1948/49]