Outside left Gordon Inwood joined the Tigers in May 1950 to provide backup to Raich Carter superstar squad. Gordon found first team chances few and far between with the experienced Eddie Burbanks, a former teammate of Carter at Sunderland, playing consistently well in his mid-30s. Inwood had two starts in late October 1950 and a third one on Christmas Day 1950, but that was the extnet of his first team exposure and he left the club in May 1952.
Gordon Frederick Inwood was born in Kislingbury near Northampton and raised in Rushden, a Northamptonshire market town renowned in the mid-20th century for its shoe making trade. Gordon’s father Bernard was a footballer who played for Rushden Town and became their trainer when Gordon was five years old, a role he maintained until the mid-1950s. Gordon grew up during the war years and after playing junior football for Rushden ATC and training as a plumber, in 1945 he joined the youth team of United Counties League side Rushden Town.
After two trials with Notts County that did not lead to a move, Gordon switched to Kettering Town in the 1946 close season – he assisted the Poppies in lifting the Birmingham and District League title in 1947. In the 1948 close season Inwood moved back to Rushden Town and by January 1949 he was snapped up by First Division side West Bromwich Albion. He spent the remainder of the 1948/49 season in the Baggies reserves then made his senior debut in an October 1949 First Division match against local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers. During the 1949/50 season Inwood made 12 first team appearances for West Brom, ten in the League and two in the FA Cup. However he was released in the 1950 close season to join the Tigers.
Inwood returned to Kettering Town in May 1952, who by now were elevated to the Southern League. He stayed at Kettering for three years before spending 1955/56 playing for British Timken, a Peterborough-based wheel bearing manufacturer’s works side playing in the United Counties League. He returned to Rushden Town for the 1956/57 season but was released in the 1957 close season. Although he gave up regular football at this time Gordon continued to play County League club cricket for Rushden and British Timken well into the 1960s. After a long life Inwood died in Poole on the Dorset coast in January 2016.
Date/Place of Birth: 18 June 1928, Kislingbury
Hull City First Game: 21 October 1950, Coventry City H (Division Two), 22 years, 125 days old
Hull City Final Game: 25 December 1950, Sheffield United A (Division Two), 22 years, 190 days old
Rushden Town (1945-1946), Kettering Town (1946-1948), Rushden Town (1948-1949), West Bromwich Albion (1949-1950), Hull City (1950-1952), Kettering Town (1952-1955), British Timken (1955-1956), Rushden Town (1956-1957)
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Career: 3 apps, 0 goalsGordon Inwood