Cyril Hodges

Versatile outside-left Cyril Hodges played in Arsenal's first post-war League match at Highbury.

Initially with Eton Manor, he was a PT instructor in the Army during the war and played for Arsenal as an amateur before turning professional in April 1945.

He made two First Division appearances for the Gunners prior to joining Brighton in October 1946 but a knee injury soon ended his League career.

Joining Haywards Heath as player-coach, he helped them twice win the Sussex League title and later rejoined Brighton as trainer-coach for 11 years until December 1968.

He resided in Brighton until his death in September 1979. (With thanks to Leigh Edwards)