Lightning-fast striker David Hodgson was a special favourite of the supporters at Ayresome Park. 

When he wasn't playing, for whatever reason, Hodgson was fond of standing on the Holgate End cheering on his team-mates. He made his debut in September 1978 and over the next few seasons he earned a reputation as a selfless frontman, who made many chances for his striking partners. 

His goalscoring record was slightly disappointing, but he caught the eye sufficiently to gain six Under-21 caps for England. 

When Boro were relegated at the end of the 1981/82 season, Hodgson departed to Liverpool in a £450,000 move. He was not a success at Anfield, however, and quickly moved on to Sunderland for a cut-price £125,000, playing in the 1985 League Cup final against his next club, Norwich City. 

Hodgson returned, briefly, to Boro, but he was sent off in only the second game of a loan spell and returned to Norwich. His playing career meandered to a close via Swansea City, Sheffield Wednesday, Metz, Mazda of Japan and Spanish club Jerez. 

He then became a football agent and subsequently spent two spells as manager of Darlington.