Ray Hudson Soccer Midfielder
Ray Hudson (born 24 March 1955 in Gateshead, England), is a retired professional football player and former coach who currently works as an English-language football commentator on Gol TV. Hudson signed with Newcastle United in 1973 at the age of 17, from local team Whickham Juniors. He made over 40 appearances for Newcastle and fans there nicknamed him "Rocky." After four years in the Football League First Division, Hudson moved to the United States, playing for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League from 1977 to 1983 and was named an All-Star five times. He played the winter season of 1983-84 in Germany with Union Solingen, making 10 appearances without scoring. Hudson also played for the Strikers following their move to Minnesota in 1984, which proved to be the NASL's final year. During his stint there, Hudson scored 44 goals in 197 matches with 99 assists. He followed this with a season playing for Edmonton Brickmen before joining the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the American Soccer League. He continued to play for the Strikers through the 1991 season by which time the team was playing in the American Professional Soccer League.