Lee Hodson

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Lee Hodson
Lee Hodson MK Dons.jpg
Hodson in training for Milton Keynes Dons
Personal information
Full name Lee James Stephen Hodson[1]
Date of birth (1991-10-02) 2 October 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Borehamwood, England[2]
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Milton Keynes Dons
Number 2
Youth career
–2009 Watford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Watford 83 (1)
2012–2013 Brentford (loan) 13 (0)
2013– Milton Keynes Dons 28 (2)
National team
2008–2009 Northern Ireland U19 5 (0)
2009–2012 Northern Ireland U21 10 (0)
2010– Northern Ireland 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:15, 1 December 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 September 2014

Lee James Stephen Hodson (born 2 October 1991)[3] is a professional footballer, currently playing for Milton Keynes Dons. Hodson is a defender, and plays primarily as a right-back. He made his first team debut for Watford in May 2009 against Derby County, before playing in the majority of Watford's games in the 2009–10 season, during which he earned a three-year professional contract. Although born in England, Hodson is eligible to play for Northern Ireland. He has represented the latter country at youth, under-19 and under-21 levels, and in November 2010 was called up to the senior Northern Ireland team for the first time.

Early life[edit]

Hodson was born in Hertfordshire, and grew up in Borehamwood, near Watford. He was involved with "Borehamwood 2000", a football scheme ran by Borehamwood F.C., before joining Watford's youth system.[4] Hodson progressed through the academy, playing 26 times for the under-18 side in 2007–08 despite still being a schoolboy.[5] He also started nine times for the club's reserve team.[6] Hodson signed for the club as an academy scholar in June 2008, and continued to play for the club's reserve and under-18 teams in the 2008–09 season.[7]

First team career[edit]

Hodson as a player of Watford.

Hodson made named on Watford's substitute bench for the first time on 3 May 2009, in a home game against Derby County. He was brought in the 65th minute, as a substitute for Arsenal loanee Gavin Hoyte. The match finished as a 3–1 Watford win.[8]

Following two separate injuries to club captain Jay DeMerit early in the 2009–10 season, Adrian Mariappa moved to central defence, and Hodson started to play regularly in the Championship at right back.[9] Hodson played in every Watford first team game in September and October 2009, and by November he had earned himself a three-year professional contract with the club.[10] He went on to play 34 first-team matches that season—31 in the Championship—and picked up 2 yellow cards.[11] Although primarily used at right-back, he deputised at left-back when Lloyd Doyley sustained an injury towards the end of the season.[12] Hodson was named the Championship's Apprentice of the Month for November 2009, and was nominated for the division's Apprentice of the Year award; the other nominees were Adam Matthews and Nathan Modest.[13] Matthews, an under-21 international for Wales, eventually won the award.[14]

At the start of the 2010–11 season, Hodson retained his place in the first team, playing in all of Watford's first eight league fixtures.[11] However, following the arrival of left-back Andrew Taylor on loan from Middlesbrough, Hodson faced competition from Doyley for his place at right-back.[15] After period out of the team, Hodson returned to Watford's starting line-up early in 2011, following Taylor's return to Middlesbrough.[16] He scored his first ever senior goal against Leeds United in the Championship on 16 April 2011.[17]

Following the arrival of left back Carl Dickinson, Hodson faced competition at right back from Doyley in the 2011–12 season. Hodson did not make his first start until 29 October.[18] He featured regularly in subsequent months; by 3 March 2012 Hodson had made 20 league starts, although that date marked his last appearance in the 2011–12 season.[11]

On 22 November 2012, Hodson joined Brentford on loan until early January.[19] Hodson extended his loan with Brentford on 8 January 2013 until the end of the 2012/13 season.[20]

On 20 July 2013, Hodson joined Milton Keynes Dons on a one-year contract.[21]

International career[edit]

Although born and raised in England, Hodson is eligible to play for Northern Ireland as his paternal grandmother was born in the country's capital, Belfast.[4][22] Having represented Northern Ireland at youth and under-19 levels, Hodson moved up to the under-21 team aged 17 in 2009. He played his first games at that level in a side captained by Hodson's former Watford team-mate Craig Cathcart.[23][24] In March 2010 Northern Ireland under-21 manager Steve Beaglehole claimed that the English FA had approached Hodson with a view to him switching his allegiance to England.[22]

Hodson remained with Northern Ireland, and was called up to the senior squad for the first time in November 2010, for a friendly against Morocco. He was subsequently selected for the match.[25][26] Later that season, Hodson played all of Northern Ireland's matches in the Nations Cup.[11][27] In 2011–12, Hodson played his first games in the UEFA European Football Championships, in Northern Ireland's qualifiers against Estonia and Italy.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Statistics correct as of 12 August 2014.[11]

Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2008–09 Watford Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10 Championship 31 0 1 0 2 0 34 0
2010–11 Championship 29 1 1 0 1 0 31 1
2011–12 Championship 20 0 1 0 0 0 21 0
2012–13 Championship 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
Brentford (loan) 2012–13 League One 13 0 3 0 2 0 18 0
Milton Keynes Dons 2013–14 League One 23 0 4 0 1 0 28 0
Milton Keynes Dons 2014–15 League One 5 1 0 0 1 0 6 0
Total 124 3 10 0 7 0 141 3
  • Appearances in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy are not listed

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/10/2009 and 31/10/2009". The Football Association. Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 547. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "Search results". findmypast.com. Retrieved 14 November 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Family full of pride for Watford star Hodson". Borehamwood Times. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Academy stat pack 2007/08". Watford Football Club. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Reserve season 2007/08 – The full stat pack". Watford Football Club. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "The apprentices". Watford Football Club. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Watford vs Derby County". Watford Football Club. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Profiles: Lee Hodson". Watford Football Club. Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  10. ^ "Hodson signs new deal". Watford Football Club. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2009. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Lee Hodson: Watford". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  12. ^ Smith, Frank (20 April 2010). "Lloyd Doyley could make Watford return against QPR but USA international is a doubt". Watford Observer. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  13. ^ "Shortlist in focus: Apprentice". The Football League. 9 March 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  14. ^ "Adam scoops Championship gong". Cardiff City. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  15. ^ Smith, Frank. "Watford boss says capture of Middlesbrough defender Andrew Taylor stops putting 'square pegs in round holes'". Watford Observer. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  16. ^ Smith, Frank (4 March 2011). "Watford defender Lee Hodson looking to rediscover last season's form". Watford Observer. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  17. ^ Smith, Frank (16 April 2011). "Drama until the death in 2–2 draw". Watford Observer. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  18. ^ Matthews, Anthony (29 October 2011). "Entertaining Hornets beat Posh". Watford Observer. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "Brentford sign Watford's Hodson & Fulham's Trotta on loan". BBC Sport. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  20. ^ "LOAN UPDATE: Hodson Extension". Watford Football Club. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "MK Dons: Lee Hodson joins from Watford on free transfer". BBC Sport. 21 July 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  22. ^ a b McKinley, Stuart (31 March 2010). "Back off our players, IFA warn English". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  23. ^ "Lee Hodson". Irish Football Association. Retrieved 13 November 2009. 
  24. ^ "N Ireland U21 1–1 Germany U21". BBC Sport. 13 November 2009. Retrieved 13 November 2009. 
  25. ^ Smith, Frank (13 November 2010). "Northern Ireland call-up Watford defender Lee Hodson for the first time". Watford Observer. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  26. ^ "Adam Barton and Lee Hodson to make N Ireland debuts". BBC Sport. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  27. ^ "Carling Nations Cup 2011". Football Association of Ireland (FAI). 29 May 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2012.

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