Lee Hodges (footballer born 1978)

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Lee Hodges
Personal information
Date of birth (1978-03-02) 2 March 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Plaistow, London, England
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1999 West Ham United 3 (0)
1996 Exeter City (loan) 17 (0)
1997 Leyton Orient (loan) 3 (0)
1997–1998 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 9 (0)
1998 Ipswich Town (loan) 4 (0)
1999 Southend United (loan) 10 (1)
1999–2002 Scunthorpe United 113 (20)
2002–2003 Rochdale 7 (0)
2003 Bristol Rovers (loan) 8 (0)
2003–2004 Bristol Rovers 13 (2)
2004–2006 Thurrock ? (?)
2006–2008 Billericay Town ? (?)
2008 AFC Hornchurch ? (?)
2008–2009 East Thurrock United ? (?)
2009 Billericay Town ? (?)
2009–2010 Tilbury ? (?)
2010 East Thurrock United ? (?)
2010–2011 Thurrock ? (?)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Aveley
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Lee Hodges (born 2 March 1978) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder. He made three appearances in the Premier League for West Ham United and made 184 appearances in the Football League for Exeter City, Leyton Orient, Plymouth Argyle, Ipswich Town, Southend United, Scunthorpe United, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers.

Career[edit]

Hodges played for Arsenal as a schoolboy and was capped nine times by England at under-16 level.[2] He went on to join West Ham United and signed his first professional contract in March 1995.[2] He was loaned out to Exeter City in September 1996, where he made his senior debut against Brighton & Hove Albion,[3] and played in 17 league matches during his three months with the club.[2] Shortly after returning to West Ham, he joined on loan Leyton Orient and made three league appearances in March 1997.[2] Hodges moved to Plymouth Argyle on a two-month loan in November and appeared in ten matches, nine of which were in the league.[4][5] He made his debut for West Ham in January 1998 and appeared in another four matches that season. Hodges played in his last match for West Ham during the 1998–99 season and subsequently went on loan to Ipswich Town, making four appearances, and Southend United.[2] He scored his first goal in professional football during his time with Southend, the second against Barnet in May 1999.[2][6]

In the summer of 1999, Hodges was transferred to Scunthorpe United for an initial fee of £50,000, having rejected West Ham's offer of a new contract in order to play more first team football.[2] He spent three years with Scunthorpe, scoring 20 goals in 113 league matches. He was included in the PFA Third Division Team of the Year in 2001 and again the following year.[2][7] He was released in the summer of 2002,[8] and went on to sign a two-year contract with Rochdale.[9] Having made eight appearances in all competitions for Rochdale, he joined Bristol Rovers on loan in March 2003 until the end of the season.[2][10] He signed a two-year contract with Rovers in May,[11] Hodges played in 21 league matches for the club, scoring twice, before being released at the start of the 2004–05 season and subsequently moved into non-league football with Thurrock.[12][13] Two years later, Hodges joined Billericay Town.[14]

Hodges left Billericay in 2008 to sign for AFC Hornchurch,[15][16] however, his time with the club was brief and later that year he was playing for East Thurrock United.[17] He returned to Billericay in March 2009 to take up a role as player-assistant manager.[18][19] He left the club at the end of the 2008–09 season and went on to sign for Tilbury as player-coach.[20][21] Hodges briefly returned to East Thurrock in the same role,[22] and then rejoined Thurrock as a member of their coaching staff.[23][24] He was appointed manager of Aveley in November 2011,[25][26] however, his reign was brief. Hodges resigned after less than three months in charge, citing work and family commitments as the cause.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lee Hodges". Bristol Rovers F.C. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The Lee Hodges Story". Bristol Rovers F.C. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "It's Flack to the future". Daily Mirror. 16 September 1996. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Lee's Devon cream – Full time". News of the World. 9 November 1997. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Lee Hodges". GoS–DB. Greens on Screen. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Little's big joy – Full time". News of the World. 2 May 1999. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Plymouth players rewarded". BBC Sport. 15 April 2002. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Hodges heads Iron clear-out". BBC Sport. 29 April 2002. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Simpson delight at Hodges deal". BBC Sport. 17 July 2002. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Hodges joins Pirates". BBC Sport. 20 March 2003. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Pirates capture Hodges". BBC Sport. 22 May 2003. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Thurrock Snap Up Hodges And Kirby". Non League Daily. 8 August 2004. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Hodges Signs For Thurrock". Rochdale A.F.C. 17 November 2004. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Hodges Joins Billericay". Non League Daily. 13 February 2006. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Billericay's Broom in the market for new players". Billericay Gazette. 26 June 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  16. ^ Marshall, Dick (17 June 2008). "Favourite Lee leaves Billericay". Basildon Recorder. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Hodges makes telling impact for Rocks at Leyton". Basildon Recorder. 9 December 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  18. ^ Marshall, Dick (13 March 2009). "Hodges returns to New Lodge". Basildon Recorder. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "Hodges' Back In New Role". Non League Daily. 14 March 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  20. ^ "Five released by Billericay". Basildon Recorder. 29 April 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  21. ^ "Tilbury falter in Division one". Thurrock Gazette. 17 August 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  22. ^ "Rocks soak up early pressure and book place in next round". Braintree & Witham Times. 29 August 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  23. ^ Colasanti, James (6 January 2011). "Lincoln quits as manager of Thurrock". Thurrock Gazette. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  24. ^ "Greg Lincoln resigns as Thurrock boss". BBC Sport. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  25. ^ "Aveley appoint Lee Hodges as manager". BBC Sport. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  26. ^ Colasanti, James (24 November 2011). "Lee Hodges believes Millers can stay out of trouble". Thurrock Gazette. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  27. ^ "Another Aveley manager leaves". Isthmian League. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 

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