Colin Hudson

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Colin Hudson
Personal information
Full name Colin Arthur Richard Hudson[1]
Date of birth (1935-10-05)5 October 1935
Place of birth Chepstow, Wales
Date of death 2005 (aged 69–70)
Place of death Monmouth, Wales
Playing position Outside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1957 Newport County 82 (21)
1957–1961 Cardiff City 61 (9)
1961–1962 Brighton & Hove Albion 1 (0)
1962–1963 Newport County 30 (2)
1964 Bath City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Colin Arthur Richard Hudson (5 October 1935 – 2005) was a Welsh professional footballer. During his career, he made over 150 appearances in the Football League during spells with Newport County, Cardiff City and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Career[edit]

After playing for local side Undy United, Hudson joined Newport County in April 1954 and, after completing his national service, he established himself in the first team, scoring 21 goals in 82 league appearances.[2] In 1957, he joined Cardiff City in exchange for Cecil Dixon, Neil O'Halloran and John McSeveney joining Newport.[3] He made his debut for the club on the opening day of the 1957–58 season during a 0–0 draw with Swansea Town, scoring his first goal in a 7–0 victory over Barnsley on 7 December 1957.[4]

Nicknamed "Rocky",[3][5] he spent four seasons with Cardiff but struggled to maintain a regular place in the first team. On 28 December 1957, he scored the first goal during a 6–1 victory over Liverpool, a day on which he also got married.[3] He helped the side win the Welsh Cup in 1959, scoring his side's second goal in a 2–0 victory over Lovell's Athletic in the final.[4] The following season, he was part of the Cardiff side that won promotion to the First Division after finishing as runners-up in Division Two and reached a second consecutive Welsh Cup final, losing 1–0 to Wrexham in a replay. Hudson left Cardiff in 1961 to join Brighton & Hove Albion, playing one league match, before finishing his professional career with a second spell at Newport County.[3] He later moved into non-league football, playing for Bath City.[6]

Hudson died in Monmouth in 2005.[1][5]

Honours[edit]

Cardiff City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Colin Hudson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Colin Hudson". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database. Neil Brown. Retrieved 13 July 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Derby: Breedon Books. pp. 92–93. ISBN 1-85983-462-0. 
  4. ^ a b Shepherd, Richard (2002). The Definitive: Cardiff City F.C. Nottingham: SoccerData Publications. pp. 57–61. ISBN 1-899468-17-X. 
  5. ^ a b "'Rocky' Hudson is a sad loss". South Wales Echo. 18 October 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2018 – via The Free Library. 
  6. ^ "Past Players – H". Bath City F.C. Retrieved 13 July 2018.