Lancaster born winger Joe Hodkinson began his playing career with Lancaster St. Mary’s in 1907, and then Lancaster Town, from where he joined Second Division Glossop North End in 1909, making his Football League debut against Blackpool in April 1910. His performances were impressive enough to attract First Division Blackburn Rovers, who signed Hodkinson in January 1913 for a £1000 transfer fee after he’d scored 7 goals in 89 games. In his first full season at Blackburn they won the League Championship with Hodkinson making 33 League appearances. He was first capped for England in March 1913 as they beat Wales 4-3 at Ashton Gate, Bristol. He also played a month later as England beat Scotland 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, winning his final cap in October 1919 against Ireland in Belfast. He also played twice for The Football League. He played both sides of World War One for Blackburn and returned to Lancaster Town in April 1923 after 20 goals in 244 appearances, retiring in 1925.