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Gordon Hodgson

Liverpool FC

3 appearances, 1 goal

P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1 F 9: A 3
67% successful

1930-31

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
270

Profile

Full name Gordon Hodgson
Born 16 April 1904 in Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa [not registered in UK], to English parents

Census Notes

Not on the 1911 census, he was still in South Africa.

According to the 1939 register, widower Gordon is still a professional footballer and now a police reserve, and he lives with his two children at 22 Cross Flatts Row in the Beeston area of Leeds, with the widowed Emily Chadwick.

Married to Doris Huckell, on 23 November 1928 at West Derby Register Office [registered in West Derby, Lancashire, December 1928]. Two children, Doreen T. (b.24 October 1930) and Gordon (b.24 March 1934).
Doris died aged just 27 years old, on 8 March 1938, at Preston Parade in Beeston, Leeds.
Died 14 June 1951 of cancer at his home in Burslem, aged 47 years 59 days [registered in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, June 1951]. He had been poorly for a couple of months in North Staffordshire General Infirmary, and returned home days before his death.
Death notes "But for his extreme conscientiousness he might still be alive. When Port Vale were having trouble with the drainage system at their new ground during the wet spring, Gordon Hodgson took fork and spade with the ground staff more than once, trying to get the pitch fit for play. From one of the soakings he received he contracted pneumonia, from which he never really recovered." - Friday, 15 June 1951, The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Mercury.
Height/Weight 6' 0", 12st. 7lbs [1928 & 1929]. 6' 0", 13st. 5lbs [1930].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) Was playing football in South Africa with Benoni FC (1919-21), Rustenburg FC (1921-22), Pretoria FC (1922-24) and then Transvaal FC (1924-25). When he toured England with the South African Amateur team, he scored a hat-trick against Liverpool FC on 1 October 1924, Liverpool FC then signed him on 17 November 1925, two months after they signed fellow countryman, Arthur Riley, who was the goalkeeper on the same tour. Hodgson arrived on 14 December. With the Anfield club, he scored 233 goals in 358 Dvision One appearances. He moved to Aston Villa on 8 January 1936 for a reported 3000 transfer fee. After 28 league appearances in which he scored eleven goals, he joined Leeds United AFC on 2 March 1937. During the war he worked for munitions and guested with York City FC. He retired from playing, having made 81 Division One appearances and amassed a tally of 51 goals, when he took on the Port Vale FC managership.
Club honours None
Individual honours Football League (two appearances)
Distinctions Played cricket with Lancashire CCC as a fast bowler for five seasons, signed on 3 September 1927, before he joined Forfarshire CC as a professional on 27 September 1934. His success saw him receive a special presentation, particularly, the cricket ball with which he took eight wickets for 25 runs against Perthshire CC on the North Inch, Saturday, 1 August 1936. It was silver-mounted.
Played professional with the Heaton CC of Bolton in 1937. Eppleton CC (Durham Senior) and Hunslet CC (Evening League) in 1938 and Spen Victoria CC (Bradford) in 1939. Coached Gildersome CC in 1946.
Apparently, he was good at baseball too.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & LFC History.

Management Career

Club(s) Applied for the vacant managerial position at Dundee FC in May 1937. He remained at Elland Road to become a player-coach, in charge of the Central League team. However, on 29 October 1946, United allowed Hodgson to leave for Port Vale FC as their new manager. In September 1948, Hodgson was an applicant for the vacant managerial position at Everton FC. He was Valiants manager at the time of his death in 1951.
Club honours While in the Third Division South, he never got Port Vale FC higher than eighth, or beyond the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Distinctions In becoming Port Vale FC's manager, Hodgson thus became the first South African to manage an English club.

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 553rd players (554) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-right
First match No. 173, 20 October 1930, England 5 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Bramall Lane, Little Sheffield, Sheffield, aged 26 years 187 days.
Last match No. 175, 28 March 1931, Scotland 2 England 0, a British Championship match at Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow, aged 26 years 346 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1930-31;
Team honours British Championships shared 1930-31;
Individual honours South Africa amateur (two appearances)
Distinctions None

Beyond England

He was a bolier-maker in South Africa. No additional information from Lamming. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.132.

 

Gordon Hodgson - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
3 3 3 270 1 270 min 1 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Gordon Hodgson - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 0 0 5.00 1.00 100.0 +1
Away 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 1 1 2.00 1.00 50.0 =0
All - British Championship 3 2 0 1 9 3 +6 1 1 3.00 1.00 66.7 +1

 

Gordon Hodgson - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1930-31 3 2 0 1 9 3 +6 1 1 3.00 1.00 66.7 +1
BC All 3 2 0 1 9 3 +6 1 1 3.00 1.00 66.7 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 3 2 0 1 9 3 +6 1 1 3.00 1.00 66.7 +1
All 3 2 0 1 9 3 +6 1 1 3.00 1.00 66.7 +1


Gordon Hodgson - Match History
 
 Club: Liverpool F.C. - three full appearances (270 min)

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - three full appearances (270 min)x

Age 26
1 173 20 October 1930 - England 5 Ireland 1, Bramall Lane, Sheffield BC HW Start ir
2 174 22 November 1930 - Wales 0 England 4, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AW Start 35 ir
3 175 28 March 1931 - Scotland 2 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AL Start ir
  

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