Tributes paid to footballer Derek

LEGEND: Former Chorley FC player Derek Hogg
LEGEND: Former Chorley FC player Derek Hogg

Tributes have been paid to a footballing great who started his illustrious career with Chorley.

Derek Hogg died just daysbefore his 84th birthday.

Derek, who played more than 300 times in the Football League for Leicester City, Cardiff City and West Bromwich Albion, started his career in Preston and Eccleston before signing semi-professional terms with Chorley FC.

Tributes have poured in across the country for the winger, with former team-mate Wally Foster saying: “I only played a couple of games at Eccleston with Derek before he signed for Chorley.

“After he served his national service, he played in a medal competition for Eccleston.

“It was a high-profile competition and it was an achievement to be invited to play in it.

“Derek was up against the Chorley full-back Jimmy Makinson.

“To be honest, he gave him a right runaround and straight after the game he signed semi-professional forms with Chorley – it’s actually quite amazing.”

After signing for Chorley, he doubled his wages that he was picking up at Leyland

Motors.

Then just three months after signing forms with Chorley, Leicester signed Derek which put Eccleston in a healthy position.

Wally added: “Eccleston as a club received a donation of the fee received for Derek.

“I always followed his career. He was unlucky never to get a full England cap but he was in the era of Sir Tom Finney and Sir Stanley Matthews who at the time were probably the best players on the planet.”

“He played for The FA and the Football League and he eventually finished his career at Kettering Town.”