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Mel Hopkins (born 7 November 1934 in Ystrad
was a Wales international
football player. He played at left back.
The son of a miner, he
was signed by Tottenham Hotspur at the age of
15, when spotted playing for his local boy's club..
He was taken on as an apprentice after just one trial. Mel
Hopkins made his debut in January 1952
and winning a League and FA Cup double in 1961. 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.
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.
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 1968, where he
played 30 games, retiring in 1970.
Hopkins played for his country between 1956 and 1963,
earning 34 caps
including playing for the Wales squad for the 1958 FIFA
World Cup in Sweden, where
they lost narrowly to Brazil in the
In 2003, Hopkins was given a merit award by the Football Association of
Mel Hopkins is now retired.
- ^ a
Mel Hopkins statistics -
- ^ a
Incredible journey - from
Ystrad Boys Club to World Cup; The boys of '58 - Western Mail, June
- ^ a
Pele broke my heart, Saint
broke my nose - interview with Mel Hopkins, The Argus, 19
- ^ a
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
- ^ Hartson scoops Welsh FA
award - ESPNsoccernet, October 6, 2003
- ^ The fiery captain who loved a
good punch-up - The Argus, 2 July 2001
- Ashley Drake Publishing - When Pele Broke Our