Martin Dobson (1974-78)
190 appearances, 29 goals
“I think you learn more from failure than you do from success. I was and I was totally devastated. You just got a letter in those days – ‘Thank you, you’re crap, goodbye’” – Dobson on being rejected by Bolton as a youngster.
Bolton Wanderers must still be kicking themselves for rejecting Martin Dobson when he was a teenager.
“Sir Dobbo” was a tall, gracile midfield player with excellent technique who was bought from Burnley by Billy Bingham in 1974, for a record British transfer fee.
The £300,000 that Everton spent on Dobson (which is what some players now earn in a week) provoked questions about whether money was beginning to rule the sport, questions which have never stopped and only get louder with every passing year.
Dobson had excellent close control which aided his wonderful shooting and passing, and when he was in possession of the ball he was neither hurried nor wasteful. He went on to win won five caps for England under three different managers; Sir Alf Ramsey, Joe Mercer, and Don Revie.