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Michael Dobson




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Dobson started his career at the same club as his father did, rising through the ranks at Brentford. He stayed around for six years, tallying 167 league starts and popping up with three goals – he was also made captain for a number of years for his loyalty.

One of his highlights during his spell at Griffin Park was scoring inside the third minute against Port Vale in the 2001 League Trophy final, sadly though Vale went on to win the match 2-1 at the Millennium stadium.

In 2005 he was sent out on loan to Reading, and most of the squad who featured in that record-breaking title-winning campaign of 2005/06 have rightly been immortalised in the eyes of Reading fans which greedily feasted upon the club's rise into the Premier League that season.

Michael Dobson’s name has probably not been etched in Reading folklore in the same way, although he did come off the bench to feature in a match that earned three points of the 106 that season.

The tough-tackling, versatile former midfielder’s Reading career consisted of just 36 second half minutes, which began when, with the title already secured, he replaced Steve Sidwell in a 3-1 home win over Stoke City in April 2006.

That summer he left the Royals to sign for Walsall. After making 60 league appearances over two season for the Saddlers, Dobson retired in 2008 after receiving advice from a specialist on his recurring knee problems.

He now runs his own business called Flexercise, where he specialises in personal training and sports massage therapy.