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DOBSON ON PROMOTION TO DIVISION ONE & FRANK WORTHINGTON

15 May 2020

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Colin Dobson discusses his time at Huddersfield Town

- Colin Dobson on playing for Huddersfield Town
- Forward looks back on his move to the Terriers in 1966
- Interview first seen in Town’s matchday programme; The Terrier

Former Huddersfield Town forward Colin Dobson has looked back on his playing career with the Terriers, including the Second Division title-winning season in 1969/70.

In an interview first seen in Town’s official match day programme, The Terrier, the forward reminisced on his time with the Club between 1966 and 1972, including the move that saw him make the switch across to the West side of Yorkshire.

The forward joined the Terriers in the summer of 1966 from Sheffield Wednesday after making 193 appearances for the Owls.

Tom Johnston paid a reported fee of £21,000 for Dobson, who went on to establish himself as the Club’s top scorer in his first season - his first of five years in Town’s First Team that saw him score 50 times in over 150 appearances in total.

“The reason I came to Huddersfield Town was because it was the closest club to where I lived at the time,” he said.

“I played for Town for five years; I played 170 games for them and I really enjoyed my time there, looking back I think I scored about 50 goals for the Club.”

Alongside Frank Worthington, Dobson helped to guide Huddersfield Town back into Division One, with one of the finest campaigns in the Club’s history.

The 80-year-old looked back on the season fondly, a campaign that saw the Terriers top Division Two.

“At the time, I think, we had a young side and we really earned that title.

“We won a lot of games and had some very good players in our squad. There were a few that went on to play for England. It was a superb team and a fantastic season.

“Frank Worthington finished top scorer that year and I was quite friendly with him. He then went to Leicester City and did well for himself. I think it was me who helped get him there!

“Overall, it was a great feeling to help Huddersfield get promoted to the First Division and it’s great to have my names on the Club’s all-time top scorers list.”

As one of the Club’s top scorers, Dobson explained he always wanted to get on the scoresheet but revealed how his role changed during his time under Johnston.

“I always wanted to play just off the striker during my career as I loved scoring goals but at some clubs, I played out wide on the left-hand side.

“I didn’t mind playing out wide as I could still score but I had to learn to adapt to a new position.”

In 1972, Dobson suffered a serious injury and went on loan to Brighton to help him recover from his broken leg. He made four appearances for the South Coast club before moving to Bristol Rovers.

After finishing his playing career at Bristol Rovers, where he held a player-coach role, Dobson undertook several other jobs within the sport including managerial spells abroad and working as a scout.


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