Falkirk, Stirlingshire born goalkeeper James “Jerry” Dawson began his career playing with local side Camelon Juniors, before turning professional with Glasgow Rangers in November 1929. making his Scottish League debut against St Mirren in January 1931. Dawson soon took over the gloves from Tom Hamilton, spending 16 years at Ibrox, during which time he won The Scottish League five times and The Scottish Cup twice, undoubtedly more honours would have accumulated but for the interruption of the Second World War. He made 241 League appearances for Rangers and played an additional 30 Scottish Cup ties, and during the War he was a regular in the Rangers goal, playing over 200 wartime matches.
Described as “wonderfully reliable” and “one of the happiest players in the game, and the game’s biggest wise-cracker”, he was capped 14 times by Scotland between October 1934, when he made his Scotland debut in a 2-1 defeat to Ireland at Windsor Park, Belfast, and his final appearance which came in a 2-1 defeat to England at Hampden Park in April 1939. He also appeared 11 times for the The Scottish League between October 1931 and October 1941. In 1945 Dawson moved to home town club Falkirk and played a further 78 League games before retiring in 1949. Thereafter he became manager of East Fife in 1953 where he remained until 1958.
He is in the Glasgow Rangers Hall of Fame.