Bill Dodgin

Bill Dodgin

England Under-23 centre half Bill Dodgin starred as Arsenal finished third in the top flight in 1958/59.

Initially an amateur with Southampton, Dodgin followed his father to Fulham in September 1949 and joined Arsenal for £4,000 in December 1952.

After a period in the reserves, Dodgin became first choice for the Gunners after the departure of Ray Daniel to Sunderland. He played regularly in 1953/54, lost his place the following campaign, but was a regular for the next four seasons.

He twice helped the Gunners reach the FA Cup sixth round and made 191 First Division appearances before rejoining Fulham for £7,000 in March 1961, playing in their 1961/62 FA Cup semi-final replay defeat.

Subsequently coach at Millwall, Dodgin managed QPR, Fulham, Northampton Town (twice), Brentford and Woking and was then Brighton's chief scout. He died in June 2000.

(With thanks to Leigh Edwards)

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