Cullercoats, Tyneside, born centre forward Percy Dawson started playing football in the North East for Whitley Athletic in 1908 and joined North Shields Athletic in 1909, from where Heart of Midlothian signed him in January 1911 for £100. That investment would be handsomely rewarded as he scored within 5 minutes of his Scottish League debut against Partick Thistle in January 1911. He top scored for the Jambos in each of 1911-12, 1912-13 and 1913-14, before being sold to Blackburn Rovers for a then (purportedly) world record £2,500 fee in February 1914 after 70 goals in 92 games.
He made his Football League debut against Tottenham Hotspur on the last day of February, and while Blackburn won the Football League that season Dawson only played 8 games, scoring 3 goals, not enough for a medal. The following season, the last before the advent of the First World War forced the abandonment of peacetime football, Blackburn finished third and Dawson was the club’s top scorer bagging 20 goals, including 4 goals in a 6-0 win over Burnley in November 1914.
He resumed with Blackburn after the conflict, scoring a hat-trick against Bradford City in December 1919 and hitting the net regularly for four seasons. By the time he left Blackburn in the summer of 1923 he’d scored 73 goals in 151 appearances. In February 1924 he had a brief spell with Barrow, playing 4 matches without scoring. He played once for Scotland in an unofficial wartime international in 1916.