Former Worksop Town and England footballer Alan Hodgkinson passes away

Lifetime Achievement Award - Alan Hodgkinson
Lifetime Achievement Award - Alan Hodgkinson

Former Worksop footballer and England international Alan Hodgkinson has died, aged 79.

The goalkeeper, who was born at Laughton Common, started his football career at Rother Valley Schools, and Thurcroft Youth Club before signing with Worksop Town.

He then went on to sign for Sheffield United in 1953, where he made 674 appearances and established himself as the club’s undisputed number one.

Capped five times by England, he was a member of the England World Cup Squad in 1958 and 1962, he has played with some of the best including Stanley Matthews, Duncan Edwards, Tom Finney, Denis Law and George Best.

After he retired in 1971, Hodgkinson became a coach, working at clubs such as Sheffield United, Rangers, Everton, Aston Villa and Oxford United.

Just before his 60th birthday, he underwent a quadruple heart bypass, a month later he was back at work, in Moscow, helping Scotland’s keepers prepare for a match against Russia in a Euro 96 qualifier.

He also spent six years as the assisstant manager of Gillingham and was awarded the MBE in the 2008 New Year Honours.