HODGSON, Gordon [1904 - 1951]

Gordon Hodgson was the outstanding Liverpool striker of the pre-war era, establishing records which still stand today. Only three players in the history of the game (Jimmy Greaves, Dixie Dean and Steve Bloomer) scored more top division goals than his tally of 288.

He was born near Johannesburg, South Africa, on 16th April 1904 and in 1924 was one of the youngest players to be selected for a team chosen from across Transvaal province to tour Britain. They played 25 matches, the last of which was a 3-1 victory over Everton, and Hodgson’s performances convinced the Liverpool board that they should sign him. He duly joined the club in December 1925, making his debut in February 1926. Over the next nine seasons he proved himself to be an inspired signing. Top scorer in seven of those seasons, he scored 241 goals for Liverpool in 490 appearances, seldom missing a match. He had already played international football for South Africa but as both his parents were English-born he was also qualified to play for England and made 3 appearances in the 1930-31 season.

Not content with making his mark on the English soccer scene, Gordon Hodgson was also a top-class cricketer, making 56 appearances for Lancashire from 1928 to 1933. A fast right-arm bowler, his 148 wickets helped Lancashire to win the county championship in 1928 and 1930. His best batting performance was the 20 runs he scored for Lancashire against India at Aigburth in 1932.

Hodgson left Liverpool in 1936 and spent one season at Aston Villa, scoring 11 goals in 28 appearances. He then spent two seasons at Leeds United, notching up an impressive 51 goals in81 games, before the onset of war brought his playing career to a close. After the war he managed Port Vale from 1946 to 1951, during which time he unsuccessfully applied for managerial vacancies at both Everton and Liverpool.

In his early days in the city Hodgson lodged at a number of addresses, alongside Liverpool team-mates. His address on arrival in England was given as 122 Stanley Park Avenue South L4 and he later lodged at 8 Gertrude Road L4. On 23 November 1928 he married Doris Huckell and the couple lived at 73 Pinehurst Avenue L4.

Gordon Hodgson and Doris had two children, a daughter Doreen (b.1930) and a son Gordon (b.1934). Sadly Doris died on 8th March 1938 aged just 27, leaving Hodgson a widower with two young children.

Whilst managing Port Vale he sought treatment for a throat condition but sadly his condition was inoperable and he died from cancer at his home in Burslem on 14th June 1951 aged just 47.

122 Stanley Park Avenue South L4

Hodgson's address when he first joined Liverpool in 1926.

8 Gertrude Road L4

Prior to his marriage Hodgson lodged here with fellow Liverpool player Jimmy Gray.

73 Pinehurst Avenue L4

The house occupied by Hodgson and his wife Doris.

The announcement of Gordon and Doris'  'secret' wedding in the Liverpool Daily Post


There is a useful article on Hodgson on the lfchistory.net website and an interesting short video pen-picture on YouTube in the series 100 Players Who Shook The Kop. The Wikipedia entry is quite detailed.