Spurs Captain Michael Dawson Gets The Mad Men Look
If you were to cut Michael Dawson, he’d bleed white and blue. Tottenham Hotspur’s captain and lionheart defender embodies the die hard footballing spirit that fans love. Dawson is the type of player who’d run through walls for his club and spend hours signing memorabilia for fans afterwards. Topman Generation were lucky enough to get him styled and shot in the Topman Oxford Circus personal shopping lounge where we talked about Spurs’ locker room antics, getting namedropped in Gavin and Stacey and what it was like being a milkman at 13…
Topman Generation: Hello Daws, how is it being back from injury at Spurs? In a way, you're back
Dawson: Yeah I am! Last season I had two bad injuries – one Achilles that kept me out for a while, then I came back, played in the FA Cup and fell awkwardly and hurt my ankle so I missed last season because of two freakish injuries. At the start of this season I had a tough three months because I wasn’t playing but now I’ve got some games under my belt I’m loving playing for Spurs again.
Topman Generation: Judging by fan reaction on Twitter, you do seem to be a fan favourite.
Dawson:I don’t have Twitter but the Spurs fans, ever since I joined eight years ago have been great. When I wasn’t playing they were still backing me and singing my name so to be playing and leading the team out to get the sort of results we know we can is an amazing feeling.
Topman Generation: Now since Ledley King had to retire you’re Spurs longest serving player at the moment – you’re Grandad.
Dawson: Yeah, I’m the oldest of the bunch since Ledley left. Ledley is an amazing player and it’s unfortunate that he had to retire so young, but he taught me so much and helped me out when I first moved to Spurs. To play alongside him was an honour – he’s probably the best player I’ve played alongside.
Topman Generation: Now the Spurs player of the moment right now is Gareth Bale. Now we know how good he is and how he’s modeling himself on Cristiano Ronaldo – what I want to know is when he copied Ronaldo’s haircut, did you give him stick for it in the changing room?
Dawson: Well, I always said that he copied my hairstyle (laughs) No, but seriously Gaz is up there with Ronaldo and Messi in terms of ability – he’s one of the best players in the world at the moment, and probably the best in the world for me right now. Some of the things he does would have Ronaldo blush. His goal this season against Norwich where he picked the ball up in his own half and dribbled past all those players before having the calm and composure to put in the bottom corner. He’s been brilliant and credit to him because it hasn’t been easy for him. He’ll be the first to admit he found it difficult when he first came to Tottenham, people forget he moved here when he was 17.
To read more from Michael Dawson on life at Tottenham and the race for fourth, and what he thinks of the latest fashion trends, get onto the Topman Generation website.
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