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Gordon Hodgson:  Forward in club 1925 - 1936
 Gordon Hodgson:  Forward
 Date of Birth:  16.04.1904
 Dead:  14.06.1951
 With the Reds:  1925-1936
 Bought from:  Transvaal FC
 Signed for LFC:  ЈN/A - 14.12.1925
 Debut:  27th February1926 v Manchester City (A draw 1-1  (Aged 22)
 Last match:  21.02.1934
 Debut goal:  10.03.1926
 1st team league games:  358
 1st team league goals:  233
 Total 1st team games:  377
 Total 1st team goals:  241
 Contract expiry:  January 1936, transfered to Aston Villa for Ј3,000
 International caps:  3 England (3 as Liverpool), 1 South Africa
 International goals: 1 England
 International debut:  20.10.1930 England vs. Northern Ireland / 02.11.1924 South Africa vs. Netherlands
 Former clubs:  Transvaal FC (S-Africa), Aston Villa, Leeds United, Port Vale; Hartlepools United (wartime guest)
 Birth Place: Johannesburg, S-Africa
 Personal Honours:

  Total LFC games/goals

League FA Cup FL Cup Europe Other Total
Seasons App Gls  App Gls App Gls App Gls App Gls App Gls
1925-26 12 4 12 4
1926-27 36 16 4 2 40 18
1927-28 32 23 32 23
1928-29 38 30 3 2 41 32
1929-30 36 14 1 37 14
1930-31 40 36 1 41 36
1931-32 39 26 4 1 43 27
1932-33 37 24 1 38 24
1933-34 37 24 3 1 40 25
1934-35 34 27 2 2 36 29
1935-36 17 9 17 9
Total 358 233 19 6 377 241

  A more detailed look at the player's appearances

  Total   Competition
  358   League
  19   FA Cup

  Career Milestones for Gordon Hodgson:

  Appearances in all competitions

Date   Against Result   Venue Competition
1 27.02.1926   Manchester City 1-1   Maine Road League
50 23.04.1927   Birmingham 0-3   St Andrews League
100 08.12.1928   Sunderland 1-2   Roker Park League
150 15.02.1930   Birmingham 0-1   St Andrews League
200 11.04.1931   Sunderland 2-4   Anfield League
250 07.09.1932   Sheffield United 2-2   Anfield League
300 25.11.1933   West Bromwich A 1-1   Anfield League
350 09.02.1935   West Bromwich A 1-1   The Hawthorns League

  Goals in all competitions

Date Min   Against Result   Venue Competition
1 10.03.1926 0   Manchester United 3-3   Old Trafford League
50 27.10.1928 31   Arsenal 4-4   Highbury League
100 04.10.1930 43   ewcastle United 4-0   St James Park League
150 29.03.1932 18   Huddersfield 3-4   Leeds Road League
200 14.04.1934 85   Arsenal 2-3   Anfield League

  Update: 22.10.2007


  One of the club's greatest-ever goalscorers; only Roger Hunt has scored more in League games for Liverpool but all of Gordon's 232 League strikes came in the First Division - from 359 games, a fantastic goals-per-game ratio. Gordon came to England as one of the youngest members of a South African touring side but chose to stay in the country, thankfully as far as Liverpool Football Club was concerned!

  He played in 12 matches towards the end of the 1925-26 season, scoring 4 times, but that was just a taste of what was to come. Over the next nine seasons, he missed very few games in League and cup and scored prolifically throughout that period. It was a shame that this golden run coincided with a barren period for the club because his contribution to the Liverpool cause was massive and he deserved to end up with more than the handful of England and Football League representative honours he received. He was such a consistent performer that it is perhaps difficult to single out years that were extra-special for him, but perhaps the two seasons when he scored 30 or more First Division goals (1928-29 & 1930-31) showed him at his peak.

  The 36 League goals he scored in the second of those two seasons set a club record that would not be beaten (by Roger Hunt) for over thirty years. There were three hat-tricks that season in home games but perhaps it was the four goals he scored in an away match at Hillsborough that gave him the most satisfaction ?

  Gordon moved to Aston Villa in January 1936 at the age of 31 and then left the Midlands for Yorkshire when he joined Leeds United a year later. He was still as prolific as ever, scoring FIVE times when Leeds beat Leicester City in October 1938, and became one of the very few men to have scored over 300 times in Football League matches. He was an all-round sportsman, having played cricket on over 50 occasions for Lancashire. But soccer was his first love and it was no surprise that he progressed from player to manager, which he did by taking charge of team affairs at Port Vale in October 1946. He was there for over four years and saw them move to their current stadium (Vale Park) in 1950. With a promising managerial career still in its infancy, it came as a great shock when he died in Stoke-on-Trent on 14th June 1951 at the early age of 47.


  1930 v Northern Ireland, Wales; 1931 v Scotland (3).

Claim to fame: Scoring the most hat-tricks in Liverpool history

  Did you know? He was a fine all-round sportsman who played first-class cricket for Lancashire and also excelled at baseball while at Liverpool

  Where is he now? Passed away at the premature age of 47 in June 1951

  John Keith on Gordon Hodgson: "He was a really top class striker and also a tremendous cricketer in the summer. Clearly in the 1920's I would say he was one of the best strikers in the business and again his name will always be up there with the best scorers of all-time in Liverpool's history, up alongside the likes of Hunt, Rush, Fowler and Owen."
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