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Double Daws

Posted on 4 October 2008  - 12:00

A new chapter awaits in the amazing tale of the Dawson brothers from Leyburn.

Double Daws

A new chapter awaits in the amazing tale of the Dawson brothers from Leyburn.

Michael, Kevin and Andy all progressed from playing junior football in the small town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales to sign youth and then professional forms at Nottingham Forest.

Now, 12 years after Andy paved the way by becoming the first of the Dawson clan at the City Ground and seven years after Michael made his first team debut for Forest, two of the three brothers will face each other for the first time in competitive action - and at the top level of the game in this country.

Central defender Michael will face oldest brother and left-back Andy when Hull City arrive at the Lane in the Premier League on Sunday.

Five years Michael's senior at 29 - Kevin, now at Worksop Town, is 27 - Andy has achieved the feat of playing for the Tigers in all four divisions in their rapid rise to the top since moving to Humberside from Scunthorpe in May, 2003.

Hull had just finished mid-table in League Two but successive promotions saw them line-up in the Championship in 2005-06. They finished 18th and then one place above the drop zone in 2006-07 before last season's amazing turnaround in fortunes and promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs at Wembley.

And now for one of the biggest days so far in the Dawson story.

"It will be the first time two of us have played against each other competitively," revealed Michael.

For the record, the closest they came was when Kevin was an unused substitute for Chesterfield against Andy's Hull in February, 2005.

"It will be a special day," Michael continued. "All the family are down, Andy's wife and kids, my girlfriend, Kev, mum and dad, my mates. Hopefully it will be a great day.

"Mum and dad (Yvonne and Stuart) will probably want a draw but it's a situation where we've got to go out and win and it's not about me playing for Tottenham or Andy playing for Hull, it's about Tottenham getting a win and that's all it boils down to. When we cross the white line, it's all about winning."

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Hull programme