Penistone, Barnsley, Yorkshire born left back Bert Hodgkinson began his football career with Penistone Juniors from where he joined hometown Second Division club Barnsley in 1923, making his Football League debut at Leeds United that November. Hodgkinson established himself in the first team from late March 1924, and missed only one match in their 1925-26 campaign.
He had seven seasons at Oakwell, all in the Second Division, making 207 appearances for The Tykes before he was signed by Tottenham Hotspur in the 1930 close season, and he missed only 3 matches in their 1930-31 campaign as they narrowly missed out on promotion to the top flight, finishing third in the division. But after he lost his place in January 1932 he joined non league club Colwyn Bay United that summer after 58 appearances for Spurs.
He returned to Football League action with Crewe Alexandra in the 1933 close season and was a near ever present in their 1933-34 campaign, missing only one match, scoring his only two career goals for The Alex, one a penalty during the season, but possibly through injury he lost his place in October 1934 after 5 more matches for Crewe and never played again.