|Full name||Frederick Hopkin|
|Date of birth||23 September 1895|
|Place of birth||Dewsbury, England|
|Date of death||5 March 1970(aged 74)|
|Place of death||Darlington, England|
|Height||5 ft 8.5 in (1.74 m)|
|Playing position||Outside left|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Life and playing career
Hopkin was born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England. The outside left played for Darlington and bitter rivals Manchester United before he was signed for £2,800 by Liverpool manager David Ashworth in May 1921. He made his debut on 27 August 1921 at Roker Park, but it was not the debut he would have envisaged as Sunderland beat Liverpool 3–0. Hopkin had to wait until 3 March 1923 for his debut goal. It came in the 49th minute of the game against Bolton Wanderers at Anfield, a game that the Reds won 3–0. The goal will always be remembered in Anfield folklore as it was followed by a fire in the Kemlyn Road stand.
Less than a year after he had joined, Hopkin and the rest of Liverpool were celebrating a League Championship win as they won the title with 57 points 6 more than second placed Spurs, 3 wins in the old 2 point system. He was, again, celebrating at the end of the following campaign (1922/23) as they clinched the title once more to claim back-to-back titles, this time they acquired 60 points beating Sunderland into second by the same 6 point margin..
With the likes of Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw to aim for it didn't matter too much that Hopkin wasn't the most prolific in front of goal, but without the craft of players such as Hopkin both Chambers and Forshaw would have not have scored as many goals as they did and the Reds wouldn't have won the Championships they did.
Hopkin remained a regular starter for the club and quickly put together 360 appearances for Liverpool, it helped his cause that he stayed relatively injury free during his time at Anfield. In fact, he was an ever present during the first title winning season and missed just two of the 42 league matches in the second.
Another 'unusual' event occurred in Hopkin's career during his time at Old Trafford; United were given a fine of £350, their crime was the scandal of paying Hopkin more than the maximum wage and for promising to give him a percentage of his transfer fee which was illegal. This showed how much United thought of Hopkin. How times have changed today Hopkin would probably be amongst the high earners, have a cut of any signing on fees and doing it legally.
Hopkin, although held in high esteem by both Man United and Liverpool, never gained international recognition, unusual considering the amount of goals he created in Liverpool's two championship winning seasons..
Hopkin was allowed to leave Liverpool in 1931, and he rejoined Darlington for a second spell, this after playing 360 times for the Reds, scoring just 12 goals.
- Manchester United F.C. (1919–1921) 74 appearances, 8 goals
- Liverpool F.C. (1921–1931) 360 appearances, 12 goals
- Two Football League First Division (Level 1) championship winners medals (1922 and 1923)