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Jason Irvin Winans Dozzell (born 9 December 1967) is an Englishmarker former professional association footballer who made more than 500 Football League appearances for Ipswich Town, Tottenham Hotspur, Northampton Town and Colchester United. During his time at Ipswich Town, he became the youngest player to score in the old Football League First Division and represented his country for the under-21 team.

Dozzell has also managed two non-league football clubs, both in the Eastern Counties Football LeagueIpswich Wanderersmarker and Leistonmarker. As of October 2008, he is not managing a club.

Personal life

Born in Ipswichmarker, Suffolk, in 1967, Dozzell attended the local Chantry High School. He has supported local charities, including acting as a patron for "Operation Santa Claus", run in conjunction with radio station SGR-FM. He played for a "Town Legends" side against a Soccer AM team in 2005 to raise money for the Academy, where his son, Andre, was in the under-10s team. In 2007 he was found guilty of driving with excess alcohol and was banned for three years.

Career

Playing career

Playing football for the Langham Lions in the Colchester Youth League, Dozzell was noted as a "prolific schoolboy scorer", and was signed on schoolboy terms for Ipswich Town by Bobby Robson despite interest from West Ham United and Nottingham Forest. Selected for the senior squad by manager Bobby Ferguson, Dozzell made his debut for Ipswich Town in February 1984, coming on as a substitute against Coventry City. Ipswich won the match 2–0; Dozzell scored late in the second half, becoming the youngest player, at 16 years and 57 days, to score in the old English Football League First Division. He went on to make four further appearances in the 1983–84 season. The following season Dozzell made twenty appearances, five of them from the bench, and scored four goals. In the 1985–86 season he became a regular starter for Ipswich, scoring five goals in 51 games, although the club were relegated to the Football League Second Division. His 1986–87 season saw him play in every game, making 42 league and 11 cup appearances and scoring a single goal. He was also selected for the England under-21 team, for whom he played nine times without scoring.

In the 1988–89 season, Dozzell finished as the club's joint top-scorer (with John Wark and Dalian Atkinson), scoring 13 goals from 37 appearances. The following two seasons saw Dozzell as a regular starter for the team, with 18 goals from 88 appearances. His 16 goals in the 1991–92 season helped John Lyall's Ipswich win the league title and secure promotion to the newly-formed Premier League. He featured regularly the following season, scoring nine goals in 52 games and helping the club stave off relegation in their first season back in the top tier of English football.

In August 1993, Dozzell was sold to Tottenham Hotspur for £1.9m; in his first season, he made 32 appearances and scored eight goals. Dozzell suffered numerous injuries during his time at White Hart Lanemarker, restricting the number of games in which he played. In the 1994–95 season, he managed just seven appearances and failed to score. He made a total of 99 league and cup appearances and scored 14 goals over his four seasons at the club. Dozzell made a brief return to Portman Road in 1997, on loan for a month, and made ten appearances before signing for Northampton Town in 1997. A season with The Cobblers saw him score four goals from 26 appearances and help the club to the play-off final at Wembley Stadiummarker. This was followed by a move to newly promoted Colchester United, initially on a monthly contract, where Dozzell made more than 100 appearances and scored 11 goals in three seasons.

Dozzell retired from professional football in 2001 as a result of persistent injuries, in particular an ongoing toe problem. However, he continued playing with non-league clubs; a brief spell with Canvey Island reunited him with former Colchester and Ipswich player Neil Gregory. Canvey Island released him and he moved on to an even shorter stay with Grays Athletic, who signed him alongside Carl Leaburn. This was followed by a move back to Ipswich and into management.

Managerial career

Dozzell took his first step into management with Eastern Counties Football League club Ipswich Wanderersmarker in 2003. In his role as player-manager, he moved to play in defence and secured an eighth place finish in the league during his first season with the club. The following season, he led them to the league title and promotion to the Eastern Counties League Premier Division. The 2005–06 season saw Dozzell lead the newly promoted club to seventh in the league, but despite ending the season with a record tally of points, he left the Wanderers, citing off-pitch issues at the club.

Dozzell went on to manage Leistonmarker, but despite signing a contract which would have kept him at the club until the summer of 2008, he left in November 2007. As of October 2008, Dozzell is unattached, although bookmakers had offered reasonable odds on him becoming Colchester United manager following the departure of his former Ipswich team-mate Geraint Williams.

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