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Remembering Our Heroes: Jimmy Lodge

10 November 2021

Ahead of Remembrance Day, we are taking a look at former Hull City players who served in the military during the First or Second World War...

 

Jimmy Lodge started his long association with Hull City after originally signing as a player in December 1919.

Staying with the club for over 50 years in a variety of different roles, including a coach and masseur, Lodge was a coal miner and signed up for the Territorial Army at the age of 16 while playing for local side Coxlodge. He was later signed by Scotswood before the start of World War One.

Serving as a Lance Corporal in the Signals Division of the Royal Engineers, Lodge saw action on the western front throughout the conflict. He suffered shrapnel injuries and was rewarded with honours for his service in the military, winning the Military Medal at the Battle of the Somme and later a Distinguished Conduct Medal, with both honours having bars added.

He joined the Tigers from Newburn and made his debut against South Shields in January 1920. Lodge went on to make 83 appearances for Hull City before representing Halifax Town, Nuneaton Town and York City.

Lodge was invited back to Hull City in the summer of 1926 by the directors and manager Bill McCracken, being appointed as assistant trainer as well as leading the reserve team and training as a physiotherapist and masseur. He also did scouting missions for the club and did his restorative massages to players at Hull City, both of Hull’s professional rugby league clubs and the county cricket club.

When World War Two broke out in 1939, Lodge became a Civil Defence Officer and later rejoined the Royal Signals as an instructor, teaching others the duties he performed in France in World War One.

Lodge continued various roles around the club and was rewarded with a testimonial game in April 1970 - a 2-2 draw against Derby County. He later reduced his duties right up to his death in October 1971.

 

Thanks goes to On Cloud Seven for providing information and images.


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