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 Gordon Hodgson 1928 - 1933 
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Name: Gordon Hodgson


Country: :SOU: South Africa
Club: Liverpool
Position: *CF, SS
Side: RF/BS
Age: 24-29 years (16/04/1904)

Height: 187 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Attack: 91
Defence: 38
Balance: 89
Stamina: 77
Top Speed: 81
Acceleration: 85
Response: 91
Agility: 78
Dribble Accuracy: 78
Dribble Speed: 83
Short Pass Accuracy: 79
Short Pass Speed: 73
Long Pass Accuracy: 71
Long Pass Speed: 72
Shot Accuracy: 89
Shot Power: 91
Shot Technique: 85
Free Kick Accuracy: 68
Curling: 69
Header: 89
Jump: 78
Technique: 79
Aggression: 95
Mentality: 83
Goalkeeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 80

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition: 5
Weak Foot Accuracy: 8
Weak Foot Frequency: 8
Consistency: 7
Growth type: Standard

P13: Goal Poacher
S01: Marauding
S03: 1 on 1 Finish
S05: 1 Touch Play

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Scoring - 1 on 1 Scoring - Reaction - 1 Touch Play

Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Attack Minded

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A burly six-footer from South Africa, Hodgson had a reputation early in his career as an unselfish forward who excelled in link-up play but that didn't stop him going on to become one of Liverpool and indeed the Football League's greatest-ever goalscorers. Not averse to charging through defenders if other avenues to goal were barred, although he was capable of subtlety when the situation demanded it, Hodgson was exceptionally strong on the ball and possessed a terrific shot with either foot, which allied to his height, heading ability, pace, close-control, enthusiasm and a noted talent for shooting when going at top-speed made him a real force in attack. Only Roger Hunt (244) has scored more league goals for Liverpool but all of Hodgson's 233 league strikes came in the top-flight from 358 appearances, a fantastic goals-per-game ratio.[3] In total Hodgson scored 295 goals in 467 games in the Football League, 288 of which came in the top-flight from 454 appearances, leaving him fourth in the all-time list of top-flight goalscorers in English football with only Jimmy Greaves (357), Steve Bloomer (317) and Dixie Dean (310) having scored more.[7] Hodgson first came to Liverpool's attention in 1924 as one of the youngest members of the touring South African national team, who on 1 October beat Liverpool 5–2 at Anfield. He joined Liverpool a year later on 14 December 1925, making his debut in a 1–1 draw against Manchester City at Maine Road on 27 February 1926.[3] He opened his goal scoring account eleven days later when he scored twice in a 3–3 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford on 10 March 1926.[3] He scored the first of a still club record 17 hat-tricks for Liverpool in a 5–1 win against Sheffield United at Anfield on 11 September 1926 in his seventeenth game.[3]

During his Anfield career Hodgson missed very few games in league or cup and scored prolifically throughout; therefore, it was a shame that his career coincided with a barren period for the club because his contribution to the Liverpool cause was massive. The 36 league goals Hodgson scored during the 1930–31 season beat Sam Raybould’s total of 31 scored in 1902–03 and set a new club record that would last for more than thirty years, until it was beaten by Roger Hunt in 1961–62.[3] Hodgson scored three hat-tricks that season at Anfield but perhaps it was the four goals he scored in an away match at Hillsborough that gave him the most satisfaction of all.[3] He was top scorer in seven out of the nine full seasons he played for Liverpool.[3] On completion of his ten years service he was honoured by the club with a benefit sum of £650.[8] His popularity prompted an ingenious biscuit seller to name the home-made ginger nuts, that he sold in a quantity of five for a penny on matchdays at Anfield, in his honour: "Hodgson’s Choice! Hodgson’s Choice!" he would call.[3] The 1935–36 season proved to be Hodgson's last at Anfield; his 9 goals in 17 league appearances was yet again a decent return, but on 8 January 1936 he was allowed to move to Aston Villa for £4,000.[9][10] In total Hodgson scored 241 goals in 377 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions,[3] earning him a place in the Liverpool FC Hall of Fame[11] and leaving him third in the all-time list of leading goalscorers for the Anfield club with only Ian Rush (346) and Roger Hunt (285) having scored more.[12][13]

Hodgson made his debut for Aston Villa in a 3–0 defeat against Preston North End at Deepdale on 18 January 1936.[14] His first goal for Villa came in a 4–3 defeat against Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park on 15 February 1936.[14] He was relegated with Aston Villa at the end of the 1935–36 season, his 4 goals in 15 league appearances not enough to help them beat the drop. His stay with Villa in the Second Division was a short one. He left for Leeds United for £1,500 on 2 March 1937,[15] after scoring 7 goals in 13 appearances for Villa in the Second Division, including a hat-trick in a 5–1 win against Bradford City at Villa Park on 14 September 1936.[16] In total Hodgson scored 11 goals in 28 appearances for Villa, all of which were in the league.[5]

At Leeds United Hodgson showed that he still had what it took to score goals at the top level, scoring 6 goals in 13 league appearances in the second half of the 1936–37 season, including a goal on his debut in a 7–1 defeat against his old Merseyside rivals Everton at Goodison Park on 3 March 1937.[17] Despite that defeat Hodgson's goals still proved enough to help Leeds avoid relegation. The following season, 1937–38, Leeds secured a top half finish thanks in no small part to Hodgson who scored 26 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions, including all four Leeds goals in a 4–4 draw against Everton at Elland Road on 26 February 1938. His form was all the more remarkable considering the strain he'd been playing under as a result of the illness and subsequent death of his wife on 8 March 1938, leaving him a widower with two children.[3] Hodgson continued to show admirable professionalism and was as prolific as ever during the 1938–39 season, scoring 21 goals in 34 appearances in all competitions, including a still Leeds club record five goals in their 8–2 thrashing of Leicester City at Elland Road on 1 October 1938. In total Hodgson scored 53 goals in 85 appearances for Leeds in all competitions, not including one appearance in the 1939–40 season which was abandoned after three games due to the outbreak of World War II.[18] He was top scorer for Leeds in both of his two full seasons at Elland Road. During the war Hodgson worked in a munitions factory whilst continuing to turn out for Leeds until 1941, making 34 war-time appearances for the Elland Road club, scoring 14 goals.[19] He also guested for Hartlepools United (1 appearance, 1939–40) and York City (5 appearances, 2 goals, 1939–40).[20] After hanging up his boots he helped to coach the youth players at Leeds from 1942 to October 1946.

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