Dario Gradi, who worked with Hodges at Chelsea, brought him to the South London outfit when he landed the manager’s job.
Unfortunately it couldn’t stick together but they won the FA Cup after that, so they had success anyway.
“You’ve got to be fearless. In this day and age the players are probably looking on Twitter and Instagram, reading all this social media.
We were playing against someone like Bryan Robson in the First Division – it didn’t matter who you were, we weren’t in awe of anyone.
“They might have a reputation, but show us why that is. We never went in with any doubts.
Working as assistant manager to Wally Downes. Both were part of The Crazy Gang – the nickname handed to a group of players who were a handful on the pitch and off it.
There was never a dull moment.
“There are too many moments. I’m not on royalties – but all I’d say is buy the book!”
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