Andre Villas-Boas relegated club captain Dawson to fifth-choice centre-back at the start of the season, but the Tottenham manager has regained his trust in the England international recently, and Dawson looks every inch the regular fixture in the side that he had become over the seven years he has been at the club.
During his time at Spurs, Dawson has been to Wembley three times but has never been on the winning side.
He tasted defeat at the semi-final stage of the FA Cup in 2010 and 2012 against Portsmouth and Chelsea respectively, while he was also in the team that lost on penalties to Manchester United in the League Cup final four years ago.
The only time Spurs have been successful at Wembley of late was five years ago when they beat Chelsea in the League Cup final, but much to Dawson's dismay, he missed the game through injury.
But having been impressed by a pep talk by Villas-Boas at the start of the season, Dawson is convinced this could be the year he gets to lift a trophy with the north London club.
"We spoke to the gaffer at the start of the season and we said we want to win trophies, as players and as a team," the Tottenham skipper told Spurs TV Online.
"That's what you look back on at the end of your career. We have had two Wembley trips in the League Cup - one win and one loss. Wembley is a special place. To go up those steps and lift that cup would be special.
"And every player will say the same as me - the FA Cup is massive for us.
"We've had some good runs in it, we have been to Wembley twice, but had both unfortunate experiences against Portsmouth and Chelsea for different reasons. We want to go all the way and it would be a dream come true to do that."
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