Trevor Dawkins

Trevor Dawkins
Personal information
Full name Trevor Andrew Dawkins
Date of birth (1945-10-07) 7 October 1945
Place of birth Thorpe Bay, Essex
Playing position Defender/Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962-1967 West Ham United 6 (0)
1967-1972 Crystal Palace 25 (3)
1971Germiston Callies (loan)
1971Brentford (loan) 4 (0)
1972 Germiston Callies
1973-1974 Durban United
1975-1976 Durban City
1977 Highlands Park
1978-1980 Sacramento Gold
1980-1984 Cleveland Force (indoor) 168 (16)
1984-1985 Canton Invaders (indoor) 0 (0)
Teams managed
1979 Sacramento Gold
1985-1988 Canton Invaders
1989-1990 Cleveland Crunch (assistant)
1990-1992 Cleveland Crunch
1992-1994 Buffalo Blizzard
1995-1997 Houston Hotshots
1999-2000 Houston Hotshots

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Trevor Dawkins (born 7 October 1945 in Thorpe Bay, Essex) is an English retired professional footballer who played as a defender or in midfield. He spent seven seasons in the Football League, five in South Africa, and seven in the United States, most in indoor leagues. Following his retirement in 1985, he coached for fourteen years in the U.S. indoor leagues. He was the 1986 AISA Coach of the Year, 1991 MISL Coach Of The Year and 1996 CISL Coach of the Year.


Dawkins began his professional career with West Ham United when he was fifteen. In 1964, he entered West Ham's first team. In 1978, he moved to the United States where he signed with the Sacramento Gold of the American Soccer League. He played at least two seasons in Sacramento, with part of the 1979 season spent as a player-coach.[1] The team withdrew from the league following the 1980 season and Dawkins joined the Cleveland Force of the Major Indoor Soccer League. In 1984, Dawkins signed with the Canton Invaders of the American Indoor Soccer Association. While he remained with the team the entire year, he never saw first team time.


In 1979, Dawkins became the head coach of the Sacramento Gold for the last four months of the American Soccer League season. On 11 July 1985, Dawkins was hired as the head coach of the Canton Invaders in the American Indoor Soccer Association.[1] He took the team the AISA title and was named AISA Coach of the Year.[2] He took the Invaders to the 1987 championship series which they lost to Louisville. He began the 1987-1988 season with Canton, but was fired on 14 March 1988.[3] He was subsequently hired as part of the staff at the Cleveland Force Fitness Facility. In 1989, Dawkins moved to the expansion Cleveland Crunch as an assistant coach. During the 1990-1991 season, the team began a slide down the table at mid-season and on 20 December 1990 Dawkins replaced Kai Haaskivi as head coach.[4] He took the team to the championship series and was named the 1991 MISL Coach of the Year. When the league collapsed following the 1991-1992 season, the Force moved to the National Professional Soccer League and replaced Dawkins with Gary Hindley.[5] On 15 August 1992, Dawkins was hired as the head coach of the Buffalo Blizzard.[6] After a disappointing 1993-1994 season, the Blizzard fired Dawkins on 23 June 1994. On 8 February 1995, the Houston Hotshots of the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL) hired Dawkins.[7] In 1996 he added to his achievements when he was named the CISL Coach of the Year.[8] Financial problems led the Hotshots owner to withdraw the team from the CISL in 1998. Dawkins passed on several coaching offers in order to be available when the Hotshots returned in 1999. In 2000, the Hotshots moved to the World Indoor Soccer League which replaced the CISL.


  1. 1 2 DAWKINS IS HIRED AS INVADERS' COACH Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Thursday, 11 July 1985
  2. "The Year in American Soccer - 1986". Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  3. INVADERS' OWNER WILL BE COACH, TOO Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Tuesday, 15 March 1988
  4. Cleveland Crunch History
  5. "Encyclopedia of Cleveland History: CLEVELAND CRUNCH". Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  6. 15 August 1992 Transactions
  7. Hotshots give reins to coaching veteran/ Dawkins experienced at indoor game Houston Chronicle - Thursday, 9 February 1995
  8. "The Year in American Soccer, 1996". Retrieved 24 October 2015.
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