Our popular centre-half was a keen observer at Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium on Monday evening as we advanced to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup by way of a 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough.
But far from remaining a spectator, our inspirational skipper made a point of getting involved before and after the game to help further the development of the next generation of Spurs talent.
“When you’ve got a club captain like Michael Dawson who turns up beforehand, goes in with the players and spends a considerable amount of time afterwards with every player – I think it’s very special,” John said.
“For the club captain not only to turn up but to spend as much time afterwards as he did with the individuals I think would be very, very rare among Youth Cup ties and under-18s games.
“Both the crowd and Michael being there, and his genuine authentic interest in the players, added another dimension to a very positive evening.”