Dennis Hodgetts

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Dennis Hodgetts
Personal information
Date of birth (1863-11-28)28 November 1863
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Date of death 26 March 1945(1945-03-26) (aged 81)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Mitchell or St George's
1881-1882 Great Lever
1882 - 1886 Mitchell St George's
1886–1895 Aston Villa 181 (62)
1896 Small Heath 22 (9)
National team
1888–1894 England 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Dennis Hodgetts (28 November 1863 – 25/26 March 1945), commonly known as Denny Hodgetts, was a footballer in the early years of professional football in England. There are a number of sources and it's evenly divided between the 25 March or 26 March as the date of death.

Hodgetts signed for Aston Villa in February 1886.[1] The following year he scored the first goal in Aston Villa's first FA Cup final triumph. In 1895 he collected another FA Cup winners medal with Villa. Hodgetts was also a key member of the Football League title-winning sides of 1894 and 1896.

Hodgetts was described as powerful and alert and good with both feet. He could shoot and pass expertly. He was outstanding at crossing the ball on the run.[2] He played in Aston Villa' opening League game, as a winger, at Dudley Road, Wolverhampton, then home of Wolverhampton Wanderer's. The match ended 1-1. Denny Hodgetts played 17 of the 22 League games Aston Villa played in season 1888-89 scoring seven League goals (including 2 in a match against Everton at Dudley Road on 22 September 1888 - His debut League goal (s)) and 3 FA Cup goals finishing as Joint 3rd top scorer with Archie Hunter. As a winger he played in a midfield that achieved a big (three-League-goals-or-more-in-a-match) win on four occasions. He assisted Aston Villa to finish League runners-up.[3]

On the eve of Villa's Double-winning success in 1897 (in what would have been his third FA Cup final with Villa) Hodgetts transferred to local rivals Small Heath before retiring in 1898.

He made six appearances for England between 1888 and 1894, scoring once.

He went on to become a publican, and in 1930 was elected Aston Villa's vice-president, a position he held until his death, aged 81, in March 1945.

The Villa News and Record 1 Sept. 1906


  1. ^ Matthews, Tony (2004). Who's Who of Aston Villa. Mainstream Publishing. p. 148. ISBN 1 84018 821 9. 
  2. ^ Metcalf, Mark (2013). The Origins of the Football League. Amberley. ISBN 978 1 4456 1881 4. 
  3. ^ "English National Football Archive". Retrieved 2017-12-24.  (registration & fee required)

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