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Fred Dawes




Date of birth



Full-back Fred Dawes made his Palace debut against Clapham Orient after his move in February, 1936 – he went on to appear in the remaining 13 matches of his first season.

Also at the club at the same time was his brother Albert, who had been with Palace since 1933, both joining from Northampton Town.  

Fred was named club captain for the 1936/37 season and was ever-present during that campaign. The 1938/39 was one of note for Dawes, with the full-back playing in every game. The team came within three points of winning promotion and both goals Dawes scored for the club were in that season.

Following the end of World War II, he made another 110 appearances for the Glaziers - so holds the proud honour that he was the only player at Palace to be named in the side on 100 occasions either side of wartime.

Before his career came to an end in October 1949 due to injury, he was awarded a benefit match at the end of the post-war season.

This was not to be the end of his association with Palace as he was assistant manager to Ronnie Rooke before being appointed joint-manager with Charlie Slade in 1950.

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Signed from Northampton Town, 24/2/1936
Debut v Clapton Orient (A), 26/2/1936
Managers at Palace Tom Bromilow, R.S. Moyes, George Irwin, Jack Butler, Ronnie Rooke
Appearances 237
Goals 2