Worksop Town FC today paid tribute to former Tigers goalkeeper Alan Hodgkinson who passed away this week at the age of 79.
Hodgkinson made just one move in his career – from Worksop to Sheffield United at the age of 16 and went on to become a Blades legend and England international.
A Tigers spokesman said: “Worksop Town are saddened to hear of the death of former goalkeeper, Alan Hodgkinson MBE.
“Although on the small side for a keeper, Alan had remarkable agility and anticipation.
“It was obvious to everyone who saw him play that he was a special talent. He signed for Sheffield United just before his 17th birthday.
“The club are very proud of Alan’s long and successful career in the game, not only as a player, playing for Sheffield United nearly 700 times and England five times, but also as a coach.
“All at the club wish to send their condolences to Alan’s family and friends.”
The Laughton Common-born keeper signed for Sheffield United on 1st August 1953, and went on to make 674 competitive appearances and earned five England caps.
As a coach he worked at several big clubs, and played a part in bringing Peter Schmeichel to Manchester United.
He was awarded the MBE seven years ago, later became a successful coach with the likes of Rangers, Coventry City and Oxford.