Worksop Town pay tribute after death of star former keeper Alan Hodgkinson

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

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.