David Hodgson

Experienced Football Agent, Manager & Talent Scout

  • Date Joined: 23rd September 2016
An accomplished football professional with a near 40 year career in the game, David has had a significant impact across multiple areas of the industry since retiring from the field.

A league title and European Cup winner with Liverpool, David initially made the transition into football agency and talent identification - unearthing a number of talented young players that helped both his own and other businesses exceed £1million in revenue.

Combined with these roles, he has also assumed control of Darlington FC on three separate occasions as First Team Manager - not only repeatedly securing the club’s League Two status under strict financial restrictions, but also generating critical funds through the development and re-sale of several free signings.

Alongside the global experience gained across a number of other roles, David offers a highly knowledgeable, commercially astute and tactically innovative point of leadership to a club or football organisation seeking forward thinking direction.
David Hodgson

Career History

  • Base Soccer

    Base Soccer
    Football Agent & Talent Scout
    2009 – Present

  • Norwich City FC

    Norwich City FC
    Football Consultant
    2014 – 2015

  • Barnsley FC

    Barnsley FC
    Overseas Advisor
    2008 – 2011

  • BHP Law LLP

    BHP Law LLP
    Director of Sport
    2006 – 2009

  • Darlington FC

    Darlington FC
    Manager
    2002 – 2006

  • Base Soccer

    Base Soccer
    Football Agent & Talent Scout
    2000 – 2002

  • Darlington FC

    Darlington FC
    Manager
    1996 – 2000

  • Preston North End FC

    Preston North End FC
    Football Consultant
    1998 – 1999

  • Darlington FC

    Darlington FC
    Manager
    1995 – 1995

  • Eurosports Connections

    Eurosports Connections
    Owner & Football Agent
    1992 – 1995

Key Achievements

  • Identified 70 players to date in South America for FPP / Base Soccer, with 20 of these moving on to European clubs and all of them progressing to first team senior football in addittion a further 23 players identified outside of South America all going on
  • Played a critical role in Barnsley’s signing of seven overseas players for a combined £450,000 over a three year period in which they reached the 2007/08 FA Cup semi-finals and maintained their Championship status
  • Grew the BHP Law sports division from initial concept through to securing 15 players and receiving in excess of £1.6million in commission within three years
  • Achieved the highest commissions within Base Soccer before moving to Argentina for nine months - in this time identifying players such as Daniel Alves, Diego Milito, Gabriel Milito, Daniel Carvalho and Maxi Lopez at youth tournaments
  • Built self-owned company Eurosports Connections to be a more than £1million turnover business within three years
  • Led Darlington to 2 Playoff Finals 1995/96 1999/2000 with additional 2 top 8 finnishes
  • Generated significant revenue for Darlington through the development and sale of players such as Sean Greagan, Robbie Blake, David Preece, Jason Devos and David Stockdale
  • Won three League Two Manager of the Month awards at Darlington
  • Won the 1982/83 and 1983/84 First Division titles and League Cups as a Liverpool player to seal consecutive domestic doubles
  • Won the 1983/84 European Cup with Liverpool against AS Roma

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