Date of birth
Republic of Ireland
The popular, 31-year-old, Irishman returned to Gigg Lane after leaving Bury at the end of the 2009-10 season to sign for Leyton Orient. Once again, the lure of the Shakers Carrington training complex played a huge part in securing Dawson’s signature after he not only rejected new terms at Scunthorpe United but, according to several national newspapers, also brushed aside interest from a host of clubs, including all three sides relegated from the Championship at the end of last season.
Dawson began his career with Leicester City in 2003 but, having failed to appear for the Foxes first team, he signed for Mansfield Town, where he was to make over 100 appearances, before then Shakers manager Alan Knill swooped to bring him to Gigg Lane in the summer of 2008. A popular character, both on and off the field, Dawson was soon taken to the Shaker supporters hearts with robust and committed performances for Bury and he was a mainstay in the Shakers 2008-09 Play-off campaign. He left the Shakers following the end of that season signing for Leyton Orient, with whom he would make 60 appearances.
After a successful spell at Brisbane Road, Stephen suddenly found himself at the heart of the Barnsley midfield in the Championship, after the Tykes paid an undisclosed fee for his services. He would spend the next 30 months at Oakwell and quickly established himself as a regular in their Championship campaigns. Stephen moved to Rochdale, in 2012, before he left Spotland and signed for Scunthorpe United in May 2015, where he made a further 66 appearances, as club captain.
Again, Stephen proved to be an instrumental player and captain for the Iron, leading them onto the Play-off Semi Final against Millwall in May 2017 where, despite scoring, he found himself on the wrong end of a 3-2 aggregate score line and elimination from the Play-offs. Following Scunthorpe’s Play-off Semi Final defeat, Stephen was offered a new deal by manager Gary Alexander but has chosen to reject that offer and, instead, has accepted the offer made to him by the Shakers.
Dawson, who also holds two Republic of Ireland under-21 caps, which he collected in 2005, is now just four games shy of making his 500th League appearance and, with 22 goals to his name, Stephen will once again wear the Shakers shirt at the start of the 2017-18 season.