Meet the Green Machine – Andy Hodgson

The final entry in our Meet the Green Machine series – at least for now! – is one of Wharfedale’s most outstanding players. The club’s all-time leading try scorer by a country mile, Andy is third in our all time league appearances chart, behind only David Lister and Hedley Verity and, but for the occasional injury and a couple of seasons away playing in RL Super League for Bradford Bulls and Wakefield Trinity, would surely be way out ahead. In a 1st XV career spanning a scarcely believable 23 seasons, Andy clocked up 305 league starts and scored 121 tries. Renowned for his pace, vision and uncompromising defence, Andy would be the first name to go in many people’s all time Wharfedale dream team. He has also made a major contribution as a coach, both at 1st XV level and as an age grade coach, shepherding his son Ryan’s age group all the way from starting out to the double Yorkshire Cup and National U18 Cup triumph in 2019.

And don’t forget – we will shortly be launching the “Spot the Lie” competition where we invite you to work out which of all the 3 statements were the lies…..

  1. How long have you been involved with the club?

I started playing at the club age 5/6 so around 40 years.

  • What’s the day job?

I work for a metal refining company which covers the UK and Ireland.

  • Who’s at Home?

At home is Gina, Ryan (19) and Georgia (8). Lauren has flown the nest and now lives in Embsay with Jimmy Bullough and their children, Bertie and Laurie.

  • What is your earliest rugby memory?

My earliest memory was people trying to organise all the kids (I think I was 6) on a Sunday to have a large photo taken. Mission impossible!

  • What is your favourite Wharfedale memory?

A few stick in the memory. From a playing point of view, beating Worcester away (their chairman said he’d never buy us drinks the night before a game again!), beating Plymouth at home as no one gave us a chance and then those long away trips to Redruth, Penzance, Lydney, Plymouth, Mounts Bay etc. The rugby was hard but I loved the bus trips. Got to mention coaching the Colts, which will be a memory that will stay with me as long as my brain’s functioning, watching them progress every year, until their final season where they won the Yorkshire Cup and National Cup at Worcester. I still believe beating Lymm at home was one of the Colts’ best victories.

  • Which is your favourite away ground?

I can’t really think of a favourite, although I always enjoyed playing at Rosslyn Park.

  • Three things you like

Chocolate (got to be frozen), sunshine and travelling.

  • And three things you can’t stand?

Mushrooms, Reality TV and queuing.

  • Which three people would you most like to invite round for dinner?

Peter Kay, Gwen Stefani and Richard Attenborough

  1. Three statements about yourself – two true and one a lie….
  1. I once played a solo on the violin at Holy Trinity Church in Skipton.
  2. I was the first kid at Embsay school to get a Blue Peter badge. Still in the same box in a safe place.
  3. I used to do ballet training to help with flexibility.
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