Sentimental journey for Alf Hobson


January 4, 1969
Disappointed with the result but delighted to be back. That was the reaction of former Liverpool goalkeeper, Alf Hobson, who spent Christmas in Liverpool, and made a sentimental trip to Anfield to see the Boxing Day draw with Burnley.

Alf, a native of Durham, was pleased to be made so welcome at his old club and to meet up with so many of his old friends, especially former centre half Tom Bush who is now one of the backroom boys on the training side at Anfield and another ex-Liverpool centre half, Laurie Hughes.

Hobson, who joined Liverpool in 1936 from Shildon Colliery, made his League debut the same year and had 26 first team appearances to his credit before being transferred to Chester in 1938. He re-joined Liverpool in 1943 and was an automatic first team choice for some four seasons, moving to South Liverpool just after the war.

Alf’s strong links with Merseyside persist for he is married to a Liverpool girl (the former Miss Ruth Stockley) and they came over from Durham, where they live, and spends much of his time scouting for a League club, to spend the holiday with his sister-in-law and he husband, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Sephton, at Blundellsands.

When he finally quit soccer in 1951 Alf went back to the pits in Durham.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: January 4, 1969)

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