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Alan Hodgson


The following list details all players with the Hodgson surname to have appeared in the Football League (of England and Wales) since its inception in 1888. It is correct as far as is known but if anyone can add any missing dates, places of birth or any other relevant information then please contact me at Thank you, Alan Hodgson


HODGSON, Brian George                Born 29 Jan 1936, Cleethorpes (Lincolnshire)

Centre-forward Brian was signed from Askern WMC by Grimsby Town in September 1956 and was to play seven times in the Second Division for the Mariners.  His only goal came on his debut, a 1-0 win at West Ham United a month later, but a bad knee injury then curtailed his Grimsby career.  After a spell in the Army he joined Workington in October 1959 but played only once for the Fourth Division side in a 1-1 home draw with Crystal Palace.  Unfortunately another knee injury was to end his playing days soon after.  Brian’s father Jack and his uncle Sam also played League football (see elsewhere in list). 


HODGSON, David James                 Born 6 Aug 1960, Gateshead (Tyne & Wear)

David began his soccer career with Redheugh Boys Club and had trials with both Ipswich Town and Sheffield Wednesday before Bolton Wanderers offered the speedy forward an apprenticeship.  However, he turned them down and instead joined Middlesbrough in August 1978.  Over the next five seasons he played in 127 League games for Boro scoring 16 times (and also played seven times scoring three goals for the England U-21 team) but when they were relegated to the Second Division in 1982 he moved to Liverpool for a £450,000 fee.  Just 28 games and four goals followed on Merseyside before he moved again, this time to Sunderland, in August 1984.  A further 40 appearances and five goals followed but then he was transferred to Norwich City in July 1986.  He had few opportunities at Carrow Road though and in February 1987 was loaned back to Middlesbrough.  Unfortunately he was then sent off in his second match and so the loan was cut short.  With only six games and one goal to his credit at Norwich, David moved to Spain and played for Jerez, but a contractual problem saw him back in the UK in 1988 joining Sheffield Wednesday that August.  Having played 11 times for the Owls and scored once he then tried his luck in France with Metz, and in Japan with Mazda, but returned for a three game swansong with Swansea City in March 1992.   David worked as a football agent until becoming firstly joint-manager at Darlington with Jim Platt in 1995, then boss in his own right from 1996 to 2000 and again from 2003 to 2006.       


HODGSON, Donald                           Born 22 Dec 1922, Liversedge (Yorkshire)

Don was originally a forward with amateur club Bradford United before joining Second Division side Bradford Park Avenue in April 1948.  He remained mostly a reserve player for the first two season but following Avenue’s relegation in 1950 came more into the picture.  He played his last game for the club in September 1951 and then joined York City although never made the first team there.  He passed away in 1995. 


HODGSON, Douglas John                Born 27 Feb 1969, Frankston (Australia)

A former kick-boxer and nightclub doorman in his native Australia, Doug also played soccer for Heidelberg Alexandra prior to coming to the UK and signing for Sheffield United in July 1994.  His was to be a career marred by injury with the big defender eventually clocking up five operations on a broken nose, one on a broken cheekbone and one on his right knee.  He managed 30 appearances for United prior to his transfer to Oldham Athletic in February 1997, having had brief loan spells at Plymouth Argyle and Burnley in between.  Whilst at Oldham he played in 41 League games for the Latics, scoring four goals, and then moved on to Northampton Town in October 1998.  Unfortunately he then suffered a prolapsed disc in his neck which forced his retirement from the game.  He had managed only seven appearances and scored once.      


HODGSON, Edward                          Born 1886, Chorley (Lancashire)

Teddy, as he was popularly known, started out with his hometown club Chorley before signing for Burnley in 1911.  A goal-scoring inside-left, he helped the club gain promotion as Division Two runners-up in 1912/13, and the following season was in the team that beat Liverpool 1-0 at Crystal Palace to win the FA Cup.  It was the last such Final to be played at that venue and was watched by King George V.  After scoring 53 goals in 120 League appearances the Great War sadly curtailed Teddy’s football career.   Although he survived the fighting he was to tragically die on 4th August 1919 whilst in Germany with the Army of Occupation, having been suddenly taken ill with kidney problems.  Thousands of mourners were to line the streets of Burnley to pay their last respects, and the local ‘Burnley Express’ newspaper later commented:  “Last week the cleverest inside-left Burnley have ever had was taken to his final resting place.  Teddy Hodgson was probably Burnley’s best and most consistent forward, and both Freeman and Mosscrop will greatly feel the loss of so smart and tricky a partner”.


HODGSON, Frederick                      Born 19 Oct 1903, Lytham (Lancashire)

Left back Fred played for his hometown club Lytham prior to signing for Third Division (North) club Rotherham County in September 1923.  He soon became established in County’s defence as the club went on to finish fourth in the table and also scored twice, his only goals for the club, in a 5-1 home win over Tranmere Rovers.  The following season he played a further 11 times, taking his total to 43 League appearances, before leaving in November 1924.


HODGSON, George                          Date and place of birth unknown

Little is known of goalkeeper George other than he joined Middlesbrough during the summer of 1900.  He played just four times during the 1900/01 campaign as Boro finished sixth in Division Two, and was released when the season ended.      


HODGSON, George                          Date and place of birth unknown

Like his namesake above we have little information regarding this player except that he played three times at outside-left for Halifax Town.  His appearances came during 1923/24 when the Shaymen finished 14th in the Third Division (North), and his solitary goal came in a 3-2 defeat at Rotherham County.


HODGSON, Gordon                          Born 16 Apr 1904, Johannesburg (South Africa)

Having played for Benoni, Rustenburg, Pretoria and Transvaal, centre-forward Gordon was capped at amateur level by South Africa before being selected for a South African FA touring party who visited England in 1924/25.  Here he was spotted by Liverpool who signed him in December 1925 and he soon became a legend at Anfield, scoring almost at will over the next eleven years.  During 1930/31 he netted 36 goals, a club record total in a season which stood for some thirty years.  He also scored 17 hat-tricks there and was to end his Liverpool career with 232 goals in 359 League appearances.  Unfortunately Liverpool at that time were only an average First Division side, and so Gordon failed to win any major club honours with them, but he was selected three times for England during the Thirties, scoring once.  

      In January 1936 he then joined Aston Villa, scoring 11 goals in 28 matches, but was transferred to Leeds United in March 1937.  Up to the start of World War Two he made 82 League appearances for the Yorkshire club and banged in 51 goals, and was even to play on during wartime competitions (guesting for both York City and Hartlepools United) whilst helping coach youngsters at the club.  His five goals in an 8-2 win over Leicester City in October 1938 remains a Leeds club record.  After the war he became manager of Third Division (South) club Port Vale in October 1946 and remained there until his untimely death from cancer on 14th June 1951.  In addition to his soccer skills he excelled at baseball and was also a talented cricketer turning out as a fast bowler with Lancashire CCC from 1928 to 1933.


HODGSON, Gordon Henry              Born 13 Oct 1952, Newcastle (Tyne & Wear)

Midfielder Gordon began his career as a junior with his hometown club Newcastle United, signing as a professional in June 1971.  Having represented both England Schools and England Youth, he managed just nine appearances for the Magpies first team before dropping from First to Fourth Divisions in May 1974 to join Mansfield Town.  He helped the Stags win the Fourth Division title in 1974/75 and skippered the club to the Third Division title in 1976/77.  Having played 184 League games and scored 23 goals for Mansfield he was transferred to Oxford United in September 1978.  In his two seasons with Oxford he played in 67 League fixtures and netted three goals, but in August 1980 moved on again, this time to Peterborough United.  The Posh narrowly missed promotion in both his seasons there as Gordon scored five goals in 83 appearances for the Fourth Division club.  After leaving Peterborough he played for King’s Lynn and was to later join the Police.  Gordon sadly died in April 1999 aged just 46.


HODGSON, Harold                           Born 24 Oct 1903, Bradford (Yorkshire)

Having signed as an amateur, Harold played for his hometown club Bradford Park Avenue at left-back and his debut in February 1925 as they finished runners-up in the Third Division (North).  Over the next three seasons they finished fifth twice and then runners-up once more with Harold making his last appearance in October 1925.  He subsequently retired from the game, possibly due to injury, having made 32 appearances for Avenue. 


HODGSON, James                            Date and place of birth unknown

Another player for whom information is minimal is goalkeeper James who turned out just twice for Second Division club Blackpool during the 1903/04 season. 


HODGSON, John Percival                Born 10 May 1922, Dawdon (Co. Durham)

Goalkeeper John started out at Murton Colliery and was signed by Leeds United in November 1943.  His first game for Leeds was an 8-1 thrashing at York City in a wartime match, but despite this seemingly poor start he played around 40 times more for them until normal football was resumed in 1946.  United though were to be relegated from the First Division in 1946/47 and after 20 League appearances he moved to Middlesbrough in March 1948.  John was to be a reserve ‘keeper at Ayresome Park and in his eight seasons there played only 13 times, being released from contract in the summer of 1955.  He passed away in 1973. 


HODGSON, John Venner                  Born 30 Sep 1913, Seaham Harbour (Co. Durham)

Having initially played for Seaham Colliery, and then had a fruitless trial with Hartlepools United in 1931, ‘Jack’ signed for Grimsby Town in January 1932 making his debut for the Second Division side on 31 August.  As a reserve half-back he played only a handful of games that season and in 1933/34 had to watch as the Mariners were promoted as champions.  Jack then began to make his mark and during 1934/35 played a further 16 times as Grimsby finished fifth in the First Division, their highest ever final League placing.  After switching to left-back he played in two FA Cup semi-finals for Town in both 1936 and 1939, in the latter volunteering to go in goal when the regular ‘keeper had to go off injured.  Like so many others his career was soon to be disrupted by World War Two, but he was to play in 230 wartime games for Grimsby before normal football returned in 1946/47.  Jack was eventually transferred to Doncaster Rovers in January 1948 having played 215 League games for Grimsby and scored twice.  He was to help Rovers gain promotion as Third Division (North) champions in 1949/50 and eventually hung up his boots in 1952 having played 95 League games for Doncaster and scored two goals.  He then joined the backroom staff as a coach and during 1956/57 worked as temporary joint-manager along with Syd Bycroft before returning to training duties.  In 1958 he then went to become trainer with Workington.  Jack, whose son Brian and brother Sam also played League football (see elsewhere in list), passed away in 1970.            



HODGSON, John W R                      Date and place of birth unknown

Another player for whom details are scarce, John played four games at left-back for Third Division (South) club Brentford during the 1926/27 season.  Prior to this he was with Sunderland, and later joined Hartlepools United, although he didn’t make the first team at either club.  He then moved to Canada where he turned out for the Canadian National Railways team.


HODGSON, Joseph                           Born 1894, place unknown

An amateur player, Joseph played just once for Grimsby Town as a trialist on the last day of the 1913/14 season, 25th April.  The Second Division game at Clapton Orient ended in a 0-0 draw and he was released shortly afterwards.


HODGSON, Joseph                           Born South Moor (Co. Durham), date unknown

Joe, as he was known, played firstly with Easington Colliery before joining Darlington in 1933.  A left-half, he was to play in 163 League games for the Third Division (North) side, scoring twice, before World War Two intervened.  He also made 16 more appearances during 1939/40, the first season when temporary competitions were organised for the duration.


HODGSON, Kenneth                         Born 19 Jan 1942, Newcastle (Tyne & Wear)

Ken was originally with Montague & North Fenham Boys Club, eventually signing professional forms with Newcastle United in May 1959.  The young forward though made little impact with the Magpies and after only six appearances moved on to Scunthorpe United in December 1961.  He helped Scunthorpe finish fourth in the Second Division that season, and was a regular goal-scorer for the club in his time there, but United were relegated in 1964 and after 30 goals in 88 League games he left to join Bournemouth that June.  He was to spend two years with the Cherries, playing in 78 League games and hitting 24 goals, before moving on to Colchester United in July 1966.  At one stage he scored in six successive matches for the U’s, but once again relegation was just around the corner and Colchester fell into the Fourth Division in 1968.  He had scored 19 times in 57 appearances with the Layer Road club, and Ken eventually hung up his boots after a spell with Poole Town.


HODGSON, Lawrence                      Born 19 Jan 1917, Birkenhead (Merseyside)

Laurie played for an amateur team called Silver Green FC prior to signing on with Tranmere Rovers in January 1939.  World War Two then derailed his career and he played just eight times for the club in regional wartime competitions.  When peace returned he resumed his position as a full-back and went on to make 78 appearances before retiring at the end of the 1950/51 season.  Lawrie passed away in 1980.


HODGSON, Michael                          Born 6 Jul 1945 Newcastle (Tyne & Wear)

Known as Mike, he began as a winger with Billingham Synthonia, joining Hartlepools United in August 1964.  An amateur, he played just once for United in the Fourth Division during the 1964/65 season.


HODGSON, Noel                               Born 25 Dec 1938, Workington (Cumbria)

Having been brought up in a house overlooking the Borough Park ground, and running errands for the club (including retrieving wayward footballs from the adjacent River Derwent!), Noel joined Workington as a youngster.  He progressed through the ranks, making his first team debut on the right wing in April 1957 when the great Bill Shankly was manager, and became a fans favourite during his time there.  His last game for the Reds was in December 1962 and after making 51 League appearances (12 goals) he left to join Netherfield (a club who changed their name to Kendal Town in 2000). 


HODGSON, Richard James              Born 1 Oct 1979, Sunderland (Tyne & Wear)

Midfielder Richard was on Nottingham Forest’s books as a youngster but never made their first team and joined Scunthorpe United in March 2000 on non-contract terms.  After just one game for the Iron he then joined Darlington that August.  Six goals in 98 League appearances followed before he left to join non-league Farnborough Town in August 2003.  Spells at Stevenage Borough and Forest Green Rovers came next before he returned briefly to the League fold with Cambridge United in October 2005.  Richard was to score twice in 10 games for United before leaving in January 2005 to play for Malaysian side Penang.  After six months he was back in the UK and went on to play for Crawley Town, Carshalton Athletic, Gravesend & Northfleet, Farnborough Town, Blyth Spartans and finally works team Sunderland Nissan FC.




HODGSON, Ronald                           Born 2 Nov 1922, Birkenhead (Merseyside)

Ronnie was a centre-half who joined Tranmere Rovers in February 1941 and played 98 times for the club in the temporary competitions set up during World War Two.  In October 1944 he joined Manchester City and played in five such matches for them, but when peace returned he was to make only one First Division appearance for the Sky Blues.  June 1947 saw him sign for Third Division (North) club Southport where he made 42 appearances (1 goal) prior to moving on to Crewe Alexandra in February 1949.  A further 32 games followed before he left League football in the summer of 1950.  After relocating to North Wales, Ronnie had spells with non-leaguers Bangor City and Llandudno, and became a TV repairman.


HODGSON, Samuel                           Born 21 Jan 1919, Seaham Harbour (Co. Durham)

Sam, whose brother Jack and nephew Brian also played League football (see elsewhere in list) was an amateur with Seaham Colliery before signing for Grimsby Town in January 1936.  He remained in the reserves prior to World War Two but played in 21 of the Mariners’ temporary fixtures during the conflict.  He then appeared a further 21 times at right-half during the first two full peacetime seasons, his last game for Grimsby being their last ever in the First Division on 1st May 1948 when they were thrashed 8-0 at Arsenal!  A move to Mansfield Town followed that summer, bur after only two games for the Stags a bad injury ended his career.  He died in 2000.  


HODGSON, Thomas                         Date and place of birth unknown.

Thomas played just four times as a half-back for Preston North End in the First Division between 1899 and 1900.


HODGSON, Thomas                         Born 19 Jan 1903, Hetton-le-Hole (Tyne & Wear)

Tommy started out playing for Hetton Colliery before moving south to join West Ham United in 1921.  He then played five times as they won promotion as Second Division runners-up in 1922/23 but due to frequent spells of injury the full-back was to make only 87 appearances for the Hammers over nine seasons.  In October 1930 he then joined Luton Town of the Third Division (South) and it was here that he became something of a legend.  After playing 67 times for the Hatters and captaining the side over the next three seasons he was forced to retire due to injury.  However, he stayed in the area and became landlord of the local Warden Tavern, turning out occasionally for Luton Postal FC, before being elected to the Luton Town board shortly after World War Two.  In subsequent years he was to become the club’s Managing Director, Chairman and finally President, and in 1959 was given the honour of leading Luton out at Wembley for the FA Cup Final (a 2-1 defeat by Nottingham Forest).  Tommy thus holds what is believed to be a unique record in English professional football having filled so many different roles at one club.  He passed away in 1989.               




HODGSON, Thomas                         Date and place of birth unknown

Thomas was a centre forward for north-east club Ashington during the 1924/25 season when they

finished tenth in the Third Division (North).  He scored two goals in two games.


HODGSON, William                          Born West Hartlepool (Co. Durham), date unknown

Centre-forward Bill played for West Hartlepool Perseverance before joining Hartlepools United and was to play four times for the Third Division (North) during 1928/29 scoring once.


HODGSON, William H                      Date and place of birth unknown

Yet another man for whom information is hard to find, he played just three games at inside-left for First Division club Preston North End between 1908 and 1910.