Great Scott, Dobie Makes United Return

Last updated : 26 January 2008 By Thetashkentterror

Dobie against Arsenal in 2001
In a surprise move today the former Carlisle forward has returned to the club he left in July 2001 to join West Bromwich Albion for a paltry fee of £150,000. Further spells at Millwall and Nottingham Forest followed and it is from the City Ground that Dobie makes his move back to Cumbria as he joins United for, as is popular in this day and age, an undisclosed fee.

Joining Carlisle's YTS scheme in June 1995 the 29-year old went on to make 136 appearances for the Blues while scoring 24 goals in the process. One of his most famous non-goals though being the header from a Graham Anthony corner parried by the Plymouth goalkeeper that dropped to the right boot of Jimmy Glass on that famous day in May 1999. That coming the season after Dobie had spent a six-match loan spell at now defunct Clydebank.

After making the move down to the Hawthorns in the summer of 2001 the Workington-born frontman broke into the Scotland national side and earned a total of six caps for his adopted team. After a good start at West Brom Dobie struggled to make the starting eleven behind Kanu and Robert Earnshaw and eventually, after making 64 starts, 62 substitute appearances and scoring 26 goals for the Baggies he was transferred to Millwall in November 2004 in a deal worth up to £750,000.

That move earning Carlisle £37,500 from the horrendously low sell-on cluase United had in place. Scott only made 15 starts and one substitute appearance, while scoring three goals, at the New Den before he was on the move again. This time to Nottingham Forest in February 2005 with whom he signed a three and a half year deal for a fee of £525,000.

A nightmare time at the City Ground would follow though as, due to hip problems that required surgery in the United States, a thigh injury and a seeming fall-out with Forest boss Colin Calderwood, Dobie would only make 23 starts, 26 substitute appearances and score just four goals in almost three years in Nottingham.

So that's where Carlisle came back into the equation with the signing of Dobie today as the Blues look to add more strength in depth to a misfiring forward line. With United boss John Ward also hoping to find yet another temporary solution to the continuing problem of not having a genuine right-winger, Dobie having played in that position numerous times in his career.

Where Dobie will feature for the Cumbrians is certainly open to question but, as a player of undoubted quality, if the Blues can get him playing regularly again then he should be an excellent signing at this level of football. Hopefully with Cleveland Taylor still to come from Scunthorpe and a strong centre-half on the signings radar for the Carlisle coaching staff, added to the already acquired Evan Horwood and Grant Smith, then this January could be one of the better transfer windows in recent times for United.

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