Hobson, Gordon

Birth Date

27th November 1957

Birthplace

Sheffield, England

Occupation

Forward

Biographical Text

Enjoying two spells with Lincoln City during his career, Hobson played 332 league matches for the Red Imps. He was spotted by Lincoln whilst playing locally in the Sheffield area for Manchester Villa, and was signed as a professional in December 1977.

He proved to be an immediate success, not only scoring on his debut for the club against Cambridge United, but topping Lincoln’s goalscoring charts for five of the ten seasons spent at Sincil Bank.

Hobson was transferred to Grimsby Town in June 1985 for a fee of £35,000, where he netted 18 goals in 52 league outings.

He then moved to Southampton in November 1986 as he added a further 8 goals in 33 league starts.

Returning to Lincoln for a second spell at the club in September 1988 for a fee of £60,000, this proved to be the club’s record transfer fee paid at the time.

Hobson linked up with newly promoted Exeter City in August 1990 for a tribunal fixed transfer fee of £20,000, and scored on his debut on the opening day of the season against Reading at St James’ Park.

Hobson was allowed to commute twice a week from his Southampton home to train with the Grecians. A few weeks after expressing his disappointment that Steve Neville did not get the manager’s job at Exeter City after Terry Cooper had left, Hobson’s contract was cancelled in September 1991.

He signed for Salisbury City, but quickly moved on to Walsall where he played three league games.

After appearing for Farnborough Town in 1991-92, Hobson retired from playing, settled in the Southampton area, where he became a director of a successful yacht charter business.

Appearances

37

Appearances as Substitute

1

Goals

7

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