Player #44

Appearances:

218

Starts:

218

Goals:

87

Seasons:

10

Dennis Hodgetts
Dennis Hodgetts

Source: Football card #70 Dennis Hodgetts issued by the Associated Press under the Famous Footballers series, 1895.

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Dennis Hodgetts
Dennis Hodgetts

Source: Football card #70 Dennis Hodgetts issued by the Associated Press under the Famous Footballers series, 1895.

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Dennis Hodgetts

Position

Forward

From

1886-87

To

1895-96

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Dennis Hodgetts

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Seasons

Age*

22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31

Division

FAC
FAC
FL
FL
FL
FL
D1
D1
D1
D1

Appearances

218
10
4
20
21
20
29
29
33
30
22

Starts

218
10
4
20
21
20
29
29
33
30
22

Substitute

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Goals

87
8
2
9
10
6
16
7
14
13
2

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

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Dennis Hodgetts

Birth Date

Saturday, 28 November 1863

Birth Place

Edgbaston, Birmingham

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Birmingham St. George's

From

For

Free

On

Unknown

Previous Clubs

The Dreadnought |
Mitchell St. George’s |
Birmingham St. George’s |
1881-82 Great Lever FC |
1882-86 Mitchell St. George’s |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Small Heath

For

Free

On

1896

Subsequent Clubs

1896 Small Heath |

Dennis Hodgetts
Dennis Hodgetts

Source: Football card #70 Dennis Hodgetts issued by the Associated Press under the Famous Footballers series, 1895.

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Dennis Hodgetts
Dennis Hodgetts

Source: Football card #70 Dennis Hodgetts issued by the Associated Press under the Famous Footballers series, 1895.

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

1886-96 Free, 218 | 87 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

George Ramsay led Management Committee

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 30 October 1886

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 30 October 1886

Wednesbury Old Athletic (h), FA Cup

DEBUT

First Goal

Saturday, 30 October 1886

Final Appearance

Saturday, 1 February 1896

Derby County (a), FA Cup

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Saturday, 1 February 1896

Honours

1886-87 FA Cup Winners |
1893-94 League Champions |
1894-95 FA Cup Winners |
1895-96 League Champions |

Height

Foot

International Team

England

Died

25 March 1945, Aged 81

Dennis Hodgetts

Player #44 for Aston Villa, Dennis Hodgetts played as a forward for the club. Dennis represented Villa between 1886-87 and 1895-96

Dennis was born in Edgbaston just five miles from Villa’s current ground on 28th November 1863 and made his debut as a 22 year old on 30th October 1886.

Villa had signed Dennis from Birmingham St. George’s and he went on to represent the club over ten seasons.

Following in the footsteps of the great Archie Hunter, Dennis arguably became Villa’s second true legend.

Dennis played all of the 10 games in Villa’s victorious 1886-87 FA Cup campaign, including the final at the Kennington Oval that hosted the 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Dennis also made 5 appearances in the ultimately unsuccessful run to the 1891-92 FA Cup Final.

However Dennis was back on winning form with 5 appearances in Villa’s victorious 1894-95 FA Cup campaign, including the final at Crystal Palace that hosted the 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Dennis’ success wasn’t limited to the cups, he also secured 2 league championships, leading Villa to 2 league titles, 6 top 5 finishes and 8 top 10 finishes in his 8 league seasons with the club.

Dennis made 29 League appearances in the 1893-94 title winning season scoring 12 goals along the way and making a 21 appearance and 3 goal contribution to Villa’s 1895-96 title winning season.

The Villa News and Record of 1st September 1906 paid tribute to Dennis:

“A born football player. Remarkably clever with his feet, and possessed many original ideas. Effective in combination, an admirable coach, his skill and unselfishness having the happiest results. Shone especially in ‘nursing’ players lighter and less skilful than himself, many juniors coming into prominence on the strength of his tuition and example.”

Dennis’ final game for Villa came on 1st February 1896 after which he joined Small Heath however he was soon back with Villa taking up the role of senior coach in the 1899-00 and then became Vice President serving the club from 1910 to 1945.

Dennis had played his entire Villa career under the George Ramsay led Management Committee.

Dennis passed away on 25th March 1945 in Perry Barr, Birmingham aged 81.