Simeon Hodson

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Simeon Hodson
Personal information
Full name Simeon Paul Hodson
Date of birth (1966-03-05) 5 March 1966 (age 53)
Place of birth Lincoln, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1982–1984 Notts County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1985 Notts County 27 (0)
1984–1985 Charlton Athletic 5 (0)
1985–1986 Lincoln United ? (?)
1985–1987 Lincoln City 56 (0)
1987–1988 Newport County 34 (1)
1987–1993 West Bromwich Albion 83 (0)
1992–1993 Doncaster Rovers 15 (0)
1992–1993 Kidderminster Harriers 6 (0)
1992–1993 Mansfield Town 17 (0)
1993–1997 Kidderminster Harriers 125 (0)
1996–1998 Rushden & Diamonds 25 (0)
1997–1999 Telford United 26 (0)
1998–2000 Altrincham 68 (0)
2000–2001 Sutton Coldfield Town
National team
1994 England C 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:13, 5 May 2007 (UTC)

Simeon Paul Hodson (born 5 March 1966) is an English former professional footballer who made 237 appearances in the Football League, principally for his hometown team Lincoln City and for West Bromwich Albion, before moving into the non-league ranks. He spent a number of seasons playing in the Football Conference, making a total of 216 league appearances at this level. He was the captain of the champions Kidderminster Harriers in 1993–94 and also represented the England semi-professional football team. He retired in the summer of 2001 with a knee injury.[1]

Sutton Coldfield Town[edit]

Following the relegation of Altrincham from the Football Conference into the Northern Premier League, the increased travelling commitments required of the Tamworth-based Hodson meant he looked for a team close to home, spending pre-season with both Rugby United and Sutton Coldfield Town before agreeing a deal with the latter.[2] He debuted in the 2–1 Southern Football League Western Division defeat to Evesham United on 19 August with his final appearance being the 2–1 home defeat to Mangotsfield United on 5 May 2001.[3] He was forced to retire in the summer of 2001 due to knee problems that would not be improved with surgery.[1]

Relegations[edit]

Simeon was known as something of a football Jonah during his career due to the number of relegations he suffered[4] . He has been involved in teams relegated from the top five levels of the English football league system. In his debut season, 1983–84, he was part of the Notts County team relegated from First Division. In 1990–91 he was part of the West Bromwich Albion team relegated from the Second Division. His two seasons, 1985–86 and 1986–87, with Lincoln City saw him relegated from first the Third Division and then the Fourth Division. In 1999–2000 he was relegated from the Football Conference with Altrincham. In 1992–93 he was a member of the Mansfield Town team relegated from the Second Division which, following the inception of the FA Premier League, was now the third level of the league system. Thus, he can also claim to have been relegated from the top five levels of the English football league system with five different clubs.

It is worth noting that, though he left before the season's end, he played for Notts County in the 1984–85 season when they went on to be relegated from the Second Division. Consequently, his first four seasons saw him involved with clubs relegated from the top four levels in order. To cap it all off, his fifth season (1987–88) saw him initially at Newport County who went on to be relegated from the Fourth Division.

Career after football[edit]

Having previously worked as a watchmaker and in distribution, in October 2006, Hodson joined Warwickshire Police as the Police Community Support Officer for Ansley Common, Ansley Village, Whitacre and Arley.[5] He is now responsible for the Baddesley Ensor, Grendon and also the Dordon area.[6] Residing in Glascote, in Autumn 2008 he, along with a 16-year-old boy, helped save the life of a woman after she had fallen into a canal at Fazeley. Hodson was off duty at the time and had passed the scene whilst out jogging with his daughter.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ex-England defender Hodson forced to quit". Non League Daily. 26 August 2001. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  2. ^ "New-look Royals flushed with capture of Hodson". The Birmingham Post. 5 August 2000. Retrieved 7 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Rovers get Dr Martens boot". Sunday Mercury. 6 May 2001. Retrieved 7 August 2010.
  4. ^ Sean Ingle (20 February 2002). "Which player has been relegated the most?". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  5. ^ "Three new PCSO's for North Warwickshire". Warwickshire Police Media Portal. 30 November 2006. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  6. ^ "Your team – The North Warwickshire North Safer Neighbourhood Team The North Warwickshire North Safer Neighbourhood Team". Retrieved 13 February 2009.
  7. ^ "Boy helps save girl's life at Fazeley Canal". Tamworth Herald. 2 October 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2009.

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