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Lee Hodges




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The Epping-born midfielder began as a trainee at Tottenham Hotspur, making his debut as an 81st substitute against Wimbledon. He moved out on-loan to Plymouth Argyle before signing for Barnet on a free in 1994.

As a Bees player Hodges made over 100 starts across the league and cup notching 29 goals, his last game for the club came in May 1997 – Hodges scoring his 29th goal in a 4-2 defeat to Colchester.

That August he signed for Reading for a fee of £250,000, Terry Bullivant was the manager that signed him.

Hodges had a habit of scoring early goals for the Royals, half of the goals scored in his debut season were inside the first ten minutes. That was the final season at Elm Park, and his goals from midfield were sadly not enough to stave off relegation.

Injury ruled him out of all but one match in the clubs first campaign at Madejski Stadium – a 1-1 draw at York in January 1999. He regained a regular place during the next two seasons but left for Plymouth Argyle where he would twice win promotion.

He also helped Torquay gain Football League status via the Play-offs in 2009, and most recently took up a managerial position with Truro City, a stint on the side-lines that ended in 2013.