Hoddinott Frank Image 1 Watford 1921


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Brecon, Brecknockshire born inside forward Frank Hoddinott began his football career with Brecon Sports Club in 1912 and joined Southern League Aberdare Athletic in 1913 but after World War One had finished he joined Southern League Watford in July 1919. He made his debut at Northampton Town in September 1919 but initially struggled to establish a regular first team place, scoring 7 goals in 13 appearances. However when Watford joined The Football League the following year he only missed 3 matches and played in their inaugural League fixture at Queen’s Park Rangers in August 1920.

His return of 25 goals in 41 games which left him comfortably Watford’s top goalscorer in 1920-21 caught the attention of the Wales selectors, who capped him twice during the 1921 British Home Championship, his international debut coming that February in a 2-1 defeat to Scotland at Pittodrie, Hoddinott playing the next month in a 0-0 draw with England at Ninian Park, Cardiff.

This impressed First Division Chelsea enough for them to write out a cheque for £3,500 for his services in June 1921. His two seasons at Chelsea were not as successful, he scored 4 times in 32 games and Crystal Palace signed him in May 1923. At Palace he enjoyed three more seasons, although they suffered relegation in his second season, but he scored 22 goals in 89 games before returning to Wales to join non league Rhyl Athletic in July 1926.

His League career wasn’t done yet however, as he joined New Brighton in May 1927, scoring 6 goals in 27 games during 1927-28, before returning to non league football in the East Midlands, where he subsequently played for and managed Newark Town in August 1928, becoming player manager of Grantham in the summer of 1930 and joining Ilkeston United in February 1932 as a player before his playing retirement, after which joining Chelmsford City as a coach in mid 1933.

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