Former England goalkeeper and Sheffield United hero Alan Hodgkinson has passed away at the age of 79.
Oxford United, where Hodgkinson coached, announced his death on their official club website, and expressed sadness at the death of one of English football’s greatest characters.
The stopper was a one-club man during his playing career, seeing out the entirety of his days between the sticks at Sheffield United, where he made 674 outings.
He also won five caps for England, and travelled with the Three Lions to two World Cups—in 1958 and 1962.
While Hodgkinson’s career ended in 1971, he went on to become one of the most renowned goalkeeping coaches in the game, working with the likes of Everton, Manchester City and Aston Villa among others.
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He was the man credited with bringing Peter Schmeichel to Manchester United, and spent seven years at Old Trafford, before leaving to work with the Scottish national side.