First Name: Ashley
Last Name: Hodson
DOB: June 5th, 1995
Birthplace: Preston, England
“A homegrown success story.” The words used to describe Ashley Hodson on Liverpool’s website, the 25-year-old forward is a graduate of Liverpool’s own development program. She has been representing the Reds since 2014, in which time she has experienced both ends of the success spectrum: she has seen Liverpool women be crowned champions of England, and also be relegated. Through good times and the bad, she has been here through it all.
Born in 1995, Hodson’s football journey began not too far from Anfield, at a small self described “community club” named Bleak Hill Rovers. The club located in St. Helens, a small town in Merseyside right outside of Liverpool. From there she was signed to Liverpool women’s development program, where after working her way up she found herself promoted to the first team in 2014.
In an interview she gave in late 2020, she described playing for Liverpool as a “dream.” Said Hodson: “I think everyone would love to play for a club like Liverpool Football Club… it’s a huge honor for me to have represented this club for so many years.”
The crowning achievement of her time at Liverpool thus far came in her first season with the first team. In 2014, in only the fourth season of the Women’s Super League, Liverpool Women rose to the top of the women’s game in England for the second time. Winning the league title in amazing fashion, LFC were crowned Champions of England by a goal difference of only two goals (after finishing level on points with Chelsea).
Being a forward, Hodson has named legendary Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo as her favorite football player of all time. Talking about his longevity and how she grew up watching him, she described the Portuguese star as “exceptional.”
Hodson has been exceptional in her own way. Having been at the club since 2014, she’s the longest-serving member of the women’s team, featuring in over 100 matches in all competitions for Liverpool. This incredible feat puts her name amongst some of the greatest to ever represent Liverpool Football Club.
As a champion and a Liverpool Women’s legend, Hodson has cited one of her main goals in football is to win another WSL title before retiring. No doubt the team looks to her to inspire and lead them back not only to the WSL, but to trophies and glory.