Gillingham FC is saddened to learn of the death of former Assistant Manager Alan Hodgkinson.

Alan played for England five times during the 1957-58 season and never lost, winning four times with one draw. He is regarded as one of the best goalkeeping coaches in the game, having worked with Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel and Everton’s Neville Southall.

Alan spent six years as assistant manager of Gillingham between 1975 and 1981 and enjoyed an illustrious coaching career, including spells at Manchester United, Chelsea, Everton and Rangers, as well as for the Scottish national team.

Alan was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2007 New Year Honours List, for services to football.

Alan was a great servant to Gillingham FC and will be remembered fondly. The club is deeply saddened to learn of Alan's death and would like to pass their condolences onto all his family and friends.