And the central defender has good memories of the former Wimbledon's new home in Milton Keynes - he was part of Forest sides to win there in successive Championship seasons in 2002-03 and 2003-04, 3-2 first time around, 1-0 in March, 2004.
Times have changed since then with MK Dons now in League Two and Michael, of course, our Mr Consistency in defence and an England squad member.
Yet he speaks from experience when he insists this is a tough draw in the third round of the Carling Cup.
"It's a tricky one for us," he said. "I remember playing at the hockey stadium when I was at Forest and they were difficult games.
"They will be excited. They've drawn a club like Tottenham, they are playing at home and they have nothing to lose. They are the underdogs, they will give it their best shot and they will certainly be up for it.
"We know what happened at Grimsby last season and we don’t want that to happen again. We have to go there, do a professional job and try to win it. We've started well in Europe and we all want to have good runs in the cups this season."
Michael Dawson is one of few players at the club to have faced MK Dons at the National Hockey Stadium.