It is with great regret that we announce the death of Mel Hopkins, our former Welsh international full-back who played with distinction for the Club between 1952-64.
Mel died at a Worthing hospice on Monday evening following illness. He was 75.
Born in Ystrad Rhondda, Mel joined us as an amateur in May, 1951, and became a full professional a year later. He made his senior debut in October, 1952, and by the mid-50s was recognised as one of the best full-backs in the country.
An extremely capable defender who also had the pace and vision to support the attack, Mel made his international debut for Wales in April, 1956, and quickly became an automatic choice, playing throughout the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, and going on to win 34 full caps.
After 240 League and Cup appearances for us he moved to Brighton and Hove Albion in October, 1964, and later played for Ballymena, Canterbury City and Bradford Park Avenue.
We extend our sincere condolences to the family of Mel Hopkins at this very sad time.