John Hodge (English footballer)

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John Hodge
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-04-01) 1 April 1969 (age 48)
Place of birth Ormskirk, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Falmouth Town ? (?)
1991–1993 Exeter City 65 (10)
1993–1996 Swansea City 102 (10)
1996–1998 Walsall 76 (12)
1998–2000 Gillingham 52 (1)
2000 Northampton Town (loan) 1 (0)
2000–2003 Northampton Town 59 (2)
2003 Kidderminster Harriers 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Hodge (born 1 April 1969) is a right winger who earned cult status at Gillingham. He was regarded as a supersub, coming on late in games to create chances and take on tiring opposition left-backs.

He went on trial with Manchester United from November 1989 to December 1989. He joined Gillingham in July 1998.[1] His only league goal was a second-half injury-time equaliser against Macclesfield on 3 October 1998. He was regarded as a 'supersub', coming off the substitute's bench to often devastating effect - including setting up Robert Taylor for a last-minute goal against Fulham on 28 November 1998, and Andy Thomson for a 100th-minute winner against Walsall in a FA Cup replay on 8 January 2000.

He was the only Gillingham player to successfully convert a penalty in their 3-1 penalty shoot-out defeat to Manchester City in the 1998/99 Division Two Play-off final. Hodge was signed by Kidderminster Harriers in January 2003.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946-2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 292. ISBN 1-85291-665-6. 
  2. ^ "Britton signs Hodge". BBC Sport. 2003-01-07. Retrieved 2007-09-04.