Sandy Hodge
Sandy Hodge
Sandy Hodge
● Sandy Hodge, 2006 (TRM)

born in Scotland

Sandy George Hodge was born on Saturday, 4th October, 1980, in Lanark, South Lanarkshire.

The 6' 3 (13st 3lbs) defender first appeared for John Lambie's Thistle as a trialist in July, 1999, having most recently been with Hamilton Academical.

Aged 18, he made his debut appearance on Sunday, 18th July, 1999, in a 1-0 neutral-venue defeat against St Johnstone in the Motorola Cup .

Sandy scored his only goal for Thistle on Tuesday, 21st March, 2006, in a 2-1 win away to Raith Rovers in the SFL Second Division.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 14th April, 2007, in a 2-1 win at home to Dundee in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 28 occasions.

Sandy's club-list included Queen of the South, Stranraer, Hamilton Academical, Partick Thistle, Alloa Athletic and Cowdenbeath.

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Hodge's career began as a Youth player at Scottish Premier League side Motherwell, but he did not make up a senior appearance during the one season in which he was at the club. He moved to Scottish Football League Second Division side Queen of the South in time for the beginning of the 1999-2000 season, and made his league debut in a defeat against Partick Thistle in August 1999. The final day of Hodge's 1999-2000 season saw his team fall to a 6–1 away defeat by future club Alloa Athletic, meaning that Queen of the South finished the season in ninth place, while Alloa were promoted to Division One. Halfway through the following season, Hodge moved to Stranraer, for whom he made his debut in November 2000. He played eight further league fixtures during the 2000–01 season and one cup fixture, a defeat by Scottish Premier League champions Celtic.

Stranraer finished in fourth place in the table in the 2000–01 season. The following season they made it through to the third round of the FA Cup, while their Challenge Cup campaign saw them fall at the first hurdle. Hodge scored two of his three goals in this stint for Stranraer during the 2001–02 season. Queen of the South signed Hodge for a second time on an emergency basis for a single game at the beginning of the 2003–04 season, a Scottish League Challenge Cup match against Stranraer which finished in a 2–1 defeat thanks to two goals from Michael Moore. He then signed for Hamilton Academical. Hamilton's season, despite the team failing badly in 2002–03, went much smoother upon the arrival of some fresh players, as Hamilton were promoted from Division Two at the end of the 2003–04 season, undefeated in their last eight games of the season.

2004–05 was a return to poor form amongst stronger opponents, and Hamilton were to be knocked out of the League Cup in the second round, and it was only thanks to a late charge at the end of the season that they avoided relegation at the expense of Partick Thistle. Hodge left Hamilton halfway through the 2005–06 season, playing his final game in a 5–4 away defeat against Stranraer, on Boxing Day 2005. Hodge dropped a division, making his debut for Second Division Partick Thistle as a substitute for David Craig in a 6–1 defeat against Gretna in January 2006. Partick finished the 2005–06 season 4th in the Second Division, qualifying for the First Division play-offs, which they won and were promoted to Division 1 in place of Stranraer.

From here on Hodge barely played for Partick, making just nine first-team starts, and leaving the team just prior to the end of the 2006–07 season, having completed a two-month loan to old club Stranraer in their struggle against relegation. Hodge decided to seek the possibility of playing first-team football elsewhere, and signed for Alloa Athletic at the beginning of the 2007–08 season. Hodge made his debut for Alloa against Cowdenbeath as a substitute in a 3–2 victory in September 2007.


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