It is with great sadness that the Former Players Association report the death last Tuesday (26.03) of our most senior former player, Frank Hodgetts who died at the age of 93 and was the oldest surviving legend. Frank made his debut at the age of 16 years and 26 days versus Notts County in October 1940, the youngest to have made a first team appearance. Frank made 178 appearances and scored 34 goals. He joined the Albion straight from school and signed professional forms in October 1942. He left for Millwall in May 1949 for £6000 returning to the Midlands and Worcester City in 1953. He unfortunately had to retire in 1957 but returned to the Hawthorns as a coach in 1958 until 1962.

Frank enjoyed his golf, in fact it was only 18 months ago he had a competitive game against his grandson George, for many years he was a member at Enville Golf Club, he lived in Hagley and attended the very first Former Players Association AGM in 2003.
Frank had a son Mike, daughter Sue, grandchildren George, Ellen, Hannah & Beth, we offer our sincere condolences to them all.