Former Brentford captain Michael Dobson is taking on a unique challenge this weekend in memory of his Dad, another former Bees star. George Dobson was a tricky winger who came through the youth ranks at Griffin Park and made his Brentford debut when he was just 17. He established himself as a First Team regular when in his teens but injuries cut his career short. George’s league career was over by the time he was 21 and he left Brentford having played just 93 games, less than his talent deserved.
George died in September 2007 after a battle with cancer and is still fondly remembered by Bees fans that saw him play. Michael followed in the footsteps of his father when he came through the youth ranks. He started out as a striker but made his First Team appearances mainly as an attacking right back. He was established in the Brentford team by the time he was 20 and scored in the LDV Vans’ Trophy Final in 2001 when just out of his teens. He captained Brentford when just 21 and played almost 250 games in all competitions before leaving in 2006.
This weekend Michael is running the Bournemouth Marathon but has set up a challenge that is far tougher. Over the next two days – Saturday and Sunday October 7 and 8 – Michael will run a 5k, a 10k, a half marathon and then a full marathon. He is aiming to raise £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of his Dad.
Michael said: “I take part in a challenge each year in memory of my dad who passed away on September 10th 2007 with cancer. This is my way to remember him and let my thoughts and anger push me to the limit, to raise money for Macmillan and help other cancer sufferers when they need it.”
In recent years Michael has run the South Coast 100km Ultra Marathon, done a five mile swim and run the London Marathon to raise money for Macmillan and this is his latest challenge. The 5k and 10k runs will take place today and he has to run the half marathon within 1:45 tomorrow morning in order to start the Bournemouth Marathon at 10am.
For full details on Michael’s challenge and to donate visit his fund-raising page here.