|Full name||Idris Morgan Hopkins|
|Date of birth||11 October 1910|
|Place of birth||Merthyr Tydfil, Wales|
|Date of death||9 October 1994(aged 83)|
|Place of death||High Wycombe, England|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Playing position||Outside right|
|New Road Amateurs|
|Ramsgate Press Wanderers|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.|
Idris Morgan (Dai) Hopkins (11 October 1910 – 9 October 1994) was a Welsh footballer famed for his talented right foot. He played for many clubs throughout his career, but most famously Brentford where he captained them in the English First Division. He is a member of the Brentford Hall of Fame.
Hopkins was born in the mining town of Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, son of a coal miner. He was naturally right footed but spent a great deal of time improving his weaker left foot repeatedly kicking a ball against a wall until it was of equal standard. Before turning professional he played football at an amateur level for Gellyfaelog and New Road.
Professional football career
Hopkins' first taste of professional football came with spells at Football League sides Merthyr Town and Sheffield Wednesday in 1927 and 1929 respectively. He failed to make a league appearance for either side before dropping back into non-league football with Dartford and Ramsgate Press Wanderers. He moved on to Crystal Palace in 1932 where he played 4 games before being transferred to Brentford.
It was at Brentford where he established himself as a footballer as part of their greatest ever team. He wore the number 7 shirt and was an old fashioned inside forward with two good feet and a determined attitude. Between 1932 and 1947 and he made 314 official appearances, scoring 77 goals and added over 200 appearances and 49 goals during the Second World War.
In 1946 Brentford, in Division 1, and with Hopkins as club captain were relegated to Division 2. During that season he made 43 appearances and scored 4 goals. This season was the last, as of 2015, that Brentford were in the top flight of English football.
His weekly wage was £12, the maximum permitted under league rules. Equivalent to £330 a week in 2007 terms, it was significantly lower than the wages of modern international footballers. He was inducted into the Brentford Hall of Fame in 1989.
Hopkins was capped 12 times for Wales playing in the British Home Championships between 1934 and 1939, and undoubtedly would have won more if it hadn't been for World War II. He also made 9 appearances for Wales in wartime internationals scoring once.
During his international career he played against such greats as Cliff Bastin, Stanley Matthews and Tommy Lawton. Perhaps the most notable match he appeared in was Wales 4–2 victory over England in 1938 at Ninian Park as part of the 1939 British Home Championship. Idris was amongst the scorers for Wales with Stanley Matthews and Tommy Lawton netting for England
|Home Side||Away Side||Date||Score||Ground||Goals|
|Scotland||Wales||21 November 1934||3–2||Pittodrie Aberdeen||0|
|Wales||Ireland||27 March 1935||3–1||Racecourse Ground Wrexham||1|
|England||Wales||5 February 1936||1–2||Molyineux Wolverhampton||0|
|Ireland||Wales||11 March 1936||3–2||Celtic Park Belfast||0|
|Wales||England||17 October 1936||2–1||Ninian Park Cardiff||0|
|Scotland||Wales||2 December 1936||1–2||Dens Park Dundee||0|
|Wales||Ireland||17 March 1937||4–1||Racecourse Ground Wrexham||0|
|England||Wales||17 November 1937||2–1||Ayresome Park Middlesbrough||0|
|Ireland||Wales||16 March 1938||1–0||Windsor Park Belfast||0|
|Wales||England||22 October 1938||4–2||Ninian Park Cardiff||1|
|Scotland||Wales||9 November 1938||3–2||Tynecastle Edinburgh||0|
|Wales||Northern Ireland||15 March 1939||3–2||Racecourse Ground Wrexham||0|
|Home Side||Away Side||Date||Score||Ground||Goals|
|Wales||England||11 November 1939||1–1||Ninian Park Cardiff||0|
|Wales||England||18 November 1939||2–3||Racecourse Ground Wrexham||0|
|England||Wales||13 April 1940||0–1||Wembley||0|
|England||Wales||26 April 1941||4–1||City Ground Nottingham||0|
|England||Wales||25 October 1941||2–1||St. Andrews Birmingham||1|
|Wales||England||9 May 1942||1–0||Ninian Park Cardiff||0|
|England||Wales||24 October 1942||1–2||Molyineux Wolves||0|
|England||Wales||22 February 1942||5–3||Wembley||0|
|Wales||England||5 May 1944||0–2||Ninian Park Cardiff||0|
As a player
- Football League Second Division Championship: 1934/35
- Football League Third Division Championship: 1932/33
- London War Cup Winner: 1941/42
- London War Cup Runner-up: 1940/41
As an individual
Non-playing Career and Retirement
After football Idris had spells coaching in Sweden with IFK Norrkoping and FK Slepnier, and Turkey with Demirspor F.C. He also managed Ramsgate, Portadown and Sutton United. He eventually moved to Middlesex before settling in Buckinghamshire with his wife, Nancy, and sons Barry and Ashley.
He was modest about his career but did on occasion share his stories providing an insight into the game of old.
Idris died in on 9 October 1994 two days before his 84th birthday. A minutes' silence was held as a mark of respect before Brentford's match on the following Saturday.
- Some photos of Idris's International Caps and some old Brentford Photos
- Details of Englands home internationals, many against Wales and Idris
- The British Home International Tournament
- A history of Welsh international football matches
- His career at Crystal Palace
- Brentford fans discuss Internationals who played for Brentford at the Wayback Machine (archived February 7, 2012)
- Brentford fans discuss the best XI to play for Brentford at the Wayback Machine (archived March 18, 2012)
- His comments to a passer by on the bus
- Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 143. ISBN 190589161X.
- "Brentford FC Former Players' Association". brentfordfcformerplayers.org.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- CrystalPalaceFC_user. "Appearances". cpfc.co.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- Brentford News at the Wayback Machine (archived June 16, 2007)[dead link]
- Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920-2006. Harefield: Yore Publications. pp. 80–81. ISBN 978-0955294914.
- "Brentford Football Club History". www.brentfordfchistory.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-11-28.
- "Brentford Complete History - Statto.com". Statto.com. Retrieved 2015-11-28.
- "Bristol City FC :: Citystats - Unofficial archive of results, players and managers". citystats.org.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- West Ham Player List at the Wayback Machine (archived February 4, 2012)
- "Wales v England, 22 October 1938". 11 v 11. 22 October 1938. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
- Haynes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopaedia. Yore Publications. pp. 83–84. ISBN 1 874427 57 7.
- "BBC Mobile - BBC News - Have Your Say". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2015.