Old teammate leads the tributes for Derek

LEGEND: Former Chorley FC player Derek Hogg

LEGEND: Former Chorley FC player Derek Hogg

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

Derek Hogg, 83, died just days before his birthday.

Derek, who played more than 300 times 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 and former team mate Wally Foster said: “I only played a couple of games at Eccleston with Derek before he signed for Chorley.

“After he did 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 against the Chorley full back Jimmy Makinson.

“To be honest he gave him the run around. 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.

Just three months after signing forms with Chorley, Leicester City signed Derek, which left Eccleston in a healthy position.

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

“Since then 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 Mathews 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.”

A spokesman from Chorley Football Club said: “It is with great sadness that we have lost Derek.

“Although he was only at the club for three months he made a huge impact and he will always be remembered.

“Our thoughts are with his family.”

After Derek retired from football he ran various pubs around Leicestershire and Lincolnshire, often decorated with pictures of himself and his team mates from his time at Leicester City, before living out his final years in retirement in Cromer and Sutton-on-Sea.