Edward Hodgson

Born: Chorley, 21 September 1885

Died: Whalley, 4 August 1919, aged 33

Burnley career:

137 appearances, 62 goals

Position: Inside forward

One of Burnley’s most influential players of the pre-war era, as well as one of the most popular, Teddy Hodgson was a late arrival into League football, moving to Turf Moor from Lancashire Combination club Chorley in 1911 at the age of 25.

He became a first team regular almost immediately and his intelligent inside forward play was a key factor in Burnley’s promotion back to the First Division in 1913.

He scored 17 goals during the Clarets’ memorable 1913-14 campaign, including five in the FA Cup run that ended in glorious triumph. Teddy Hodgson it was who laid on Bert Freeman’s match winner against Liverpool in the final at the Crystal Palace.

Hodgson’s consistency had led to his selection for the Football League, although his only representative honour ended in a 3-2 defeat by the Scottish League with the match played at Turf Moor.

As the clouds of war darkened over Europe Teddy Hodgson joined the Army, although he turned out for Burnley in the wartime leagues whenever possible. In 1919 he returned to Germany to serve with the Allied Army of occupation but tragically he developed a kidney infection and he was transferred to hospital in England where his condition rapidly deteriorated.

He died in Whalley Military Hospital in August 1919, aged just 33.

Sergeant Edward Hodgson
52nd Manchester Regiment
Died 4 August 1919, aged 33
Buried in Burnley Cemetery 

His war is over, his sun is set, 
But those who loved him, will never forget. 
RIP

Acknowledgements and thanks for additional research are due to the following: 
 
Ray Simpson,
Peter Briggs, 
Mike Smith, 
Website www.burnleyinthegreatwar.info.