Fred Hopkin

Fred Hopkin was trainer at Redcar Borough

Freddy Hopkin was a Yorkshireman who played outside left. He began his career at Darlington in 1912, but also guested for Tottenham Hotspur during the War. His performances attracted the attention of Manchester United, who were so keen to have him on their books that he was offered more than the maximum wage allowed by the league as well as an illegal portion of his transfer fee.

After a couple of mid-table finishes at Old Trafford, he was signed by Liverpool for £2800 in 1921. Ten years and 360 appearances later, Hopkin found himself part of history. Their back-to-back league titles in 1922 and 1923 saw them earn the moniker The Untouchables and go down in Liverpool folklore.

Hopkin ended his career with Darlington, hanging up his boots in 1932. Living in the North East and wanting to remain in the game, he found himself with Teesside League team Redcar Borough as a trainer. His impact was immediate. Stars of the team like John Deacon and Chris Old earned trials at his former club Liverpool, with Deacon being handed a professional contract. Redcar Borough made plans to give the town a Northern League team for the first time in a decade, but money problems put paid to their ambitions.

With stars moving on to better things and financial issues not abated, the club didn’t last much longer. Hopkins moved to Leeds United as assistant trainer, later working as a physiotherapist.

See also

John Deacon

Redcar Borough

External links

Fred Hopkin on Wikipedia

Fred Hopkin’s Football League Winners medal at The National Football Collection