|Full name||Melvyn Hopkins|
|Date of birth||7 November 1934|
|Place of birth||Ystrad Rhondda, Wales|
|Date of death||18 October 2010(aged 75)|
|Place of death||Worthing, England|
|1964–1967||Brighton & Hove Albion||58||(2)|
|1969–1970||Bradford Park Avenue||30||(0)|
The son of a miner, he was signed by Tottenham Hotspur at the age of 15, when spotted playing for his local boy's club. He was taken on as an apprentice after just one trial. Mel Hopkins made his debut in January 1952 and winning a League and FA Cup double in 1961. In 1959, he suffered a serious injury following a collision with Ian St John, smashing his nose and upper jaw, an injury which would keep him out of football for two years.
In total, Hopkins played 219 games for Spurs, before leaving Spurs for Brighton and Hove Albion in October 1964 for a transfer fee of £8,000. He scored 2 goals and played 58 games for Albion. A brief spell at Ballymena United in Northern Ireland 1967 was followed by a move to Bradford Park Avenue in January 1969, where he played 30 games, retiring in 1970.
Hopkins played for his country between 1956 and 1963, earning 34 caps including playing for the Wales squad for the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden, where they lost narrowly to Brazil in the quarter-finals.
- Mel Hopkins obituary
- Incredible journey - from Ystrad Boys Club to World Cup; The boys of '58 - Western Mail, June 20, 2002
- Pele broke my heart, Saint broke my nose - interview with Mel Hopkins, The Argus, 19 December 2001
- Tottenham Hotspurs transfer history - topspurs.com
- Fans will not forgive Santini - The Argus, October 26, 2004
- Remembering the genius of Garrincha - BBC.co.uk, 20 January 2008
- Mel Hopkins statistics - newcastlefans.com
- Mel Hopkins statistics on RSSSF
- The fiery captain who loved a good punch-up - The Argus, 2 July 2001
- Hartson scoops Welsh FA award - ESPNsoccernet, October 6, 2003
- Ashley Drake Publishing - When Pele Broke Our Hearts