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Mel Hopkins Personal information Full name Melvyn Hopkins Born 7 November 1934(1934-11-07) Ystrad Rhondda, Wales Died 18 October 2010(2010-10-18) (aged 75) Worthing, England Playing position Full-back Senior career* Years Team Apps† (Gls)† 1952-1964 Tottenham Hotspur 219 (0) 1964-1967 Brighton & Hove Albion 58 (2) 1967-1969 Canterbury City 1969-1970 Bradford Park Avenue 30 (0) Total 307+ (2) National team 1956-1963 Wales 34 (0) * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals). Mel Hopkins (7 November 1934 – 18 October 2010)[1] was a Wales international football player. He played at left back. Contents 1 Club career 2 International career 3 References 4 Further reading Club career The son of a miner,[2] he was signed by Tottenham Hotspur at the age of 15, when spotted playing for his local boy's club.[3] He was taken on as an apprentice after just one trial.[2] Mel Hopkins made his debut in January 1952[4] and winning a League and FA Cup double in 1961.[5][6] In 1959, he suffered a serious injury following a collision with Ian St John, smashing his nose and upper jaw, an injury which would keep him out of football for two years.[3] In total, Hopkins played 219 games for Spurs, before leaving Spurs for Brighton and Hove Albion in October 1964 for a transfer fee of £8,000.[3][4] He scored 2 goals and played 58 games for Albion. A brief spell at Ballymena United in Northern Ireland 1967 was followed by a move to Bradford Park Avenue in January 1969, where he played 30 games, retiring in 1970.[7] International career Hopkins played for his country between 1956 and 1963,[8] earning 34 caps[7] including playing for the Wales squad for the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden, where they lost narrowly to Brazil in the quarter-finals.[3][9] In 2003, Hopkins was given a merit award by the Football Association of Wales.[10] References ^ Mel Hopkins obituary ^ a b Incredible journey - from Ystrad Boys Club to World Cup; The boys of '58 - Western Mail, June 20, 2002 ^ a b c d Pele broke my heart, Saint broke my nose - interview with Mel Hopkins, The Argus, 19 December 2001 ^ a b Tottenham Hotspurs transfer history - topspurs.com ^ Fans will not forgive Santini - The Argus, October 26, 2004 ^ Remembering the genius of Garrincha - BBC.co.uk, 20 January 2008 ^ a b Mel Hopkins statistics - newcastlefans.com ^ Mel Hopkins statistics on RSSSF ^ The fiery captain who loved a good punch-up - The Argus, 2 July 2001 ^ Hartson scoops Welsh FA award - ESPNsoccernet, October 6, 2003 Further reading Ashley Drake Publishing - When Pele Broke Our Hearts v · d · eWales squad – 1958 FIFA World Cup 1 Kelsey • 2 Williams • 3 Hopkins • 4 Sullivan • 5 M. Charles • 6 Bowen (Captain) • 7 Medwin • 8 Hewitt • 9 J. Charles • 10 I. Allchurch • 11 C. Jones • 12 K. Jones • 13 Vearncombe • 14 Edwards • 15 C. Baker • 16 Crowe • 17 Leek • 18 Vernon • 19 Webster • 20 Elsworthy • 21 L. Allchurch • 22 G. Baker • Coach: Murphy Persondata Name Hopkins, Mel Alternative names Short description Date of birth 7 November 1934 Place of birth Ystrad Rhondda, Wales Date of death 18 October 2010 Place of death Worthing, England