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Ray Hankin

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Position Centre forward
Born 02 Feb 1956, Wallsend (England)
Height 187 cm
Weight 89 kg
International Caps none

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Burnley 01 Feb 1973 01 Sep 1976 112 37 £172000
Leeds United 01 Sep 1976 01 Mar 1980 103 36 £300000
Arsenal 01 Nov 1981 01 Jan 1982 0 0  
Middlesbrough 01 Sep 1982 01 Sep 1983 21 1  
Peterborough United 01 Sep 1983 01 Mar 1985 33 8  
Wolverhampton Wanderers 01 Mar 1985 01 Jun 1985 10 1  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1976 - 1977 4   0   0   0   0  
1977 - 1978 33 20 1   6 1 0   0  
1978 - 1979 29(1) 9 0   8 2 0   0  
1979 - 1980 16 3 0   1   4 1 0  
Total 82(1) 32 1   15 3 4 1 0  

Jabba's Comments

Burly and commanding old-fashioned centre-forward who was never afraid to mix it with the opposition. Linked up well with Joe Jordan and scored quite a few goals for Leeds before moving out to Canada to play for Vancouver Whitecaps. He returned to England for the massive fee of £400,000 to play - or rather not play - for Arsenal, leaving after 3 months and no games. He returned to Vancouver for a year via Shamrock Rovers before coming back to England for short spells with Boro, Peterborough and Wolves. After leaving Wolves he played a bit of non-league football in the north-east and had a spell in management with the giants of Northallerton Town.

Maggie Bennett nee Ferguson nick name GUS says: "went to school with him".

Dave Hogg says: I saw Ray play for the Whitecaps. He scored some fantastic goals with his head. He was right up there with the best of them in the air.

David Wharfe says: As a Burnley fan, I saw Ray at the Turf.He never quite realised his potential - weight problems and a quick temper did not help. Once saw him score a great goal for the Clarets v Liverpool - typical of the player - second favourite for a Leighton James cross - he climbed all over Larry Lloyd and buried it past Clemence. That was in 1974- and we were top of the league. Memories!!!

Dave Almond says: An aggressively courageous forward,who was once sensationally sacked(by Peterboro)seemingly for showing just too much eagerness! A spell with Wolves in 1986 was followed with an FA CUP appearance for Guisboro v Bury.Ray was sent off,in what i believe to be his last game. Never has there been a player to replace Ray.Many will copy,but none will ever duplicate!

Carl Drewery says: Sacked by Peterborough for being sent off just once too often.Five times in a a season.

Glen Hankin says: Ray always did have a bit of a nasty temper when he was out on the pitch, but a decent bloke off it (he's my uncle). Ray is now working for Newcastle United as "Football in the Community Officer" working with kids. It suits him, as he often spat the dummy out, usually in the direction of the ref.

Stuart says: New Years Day 1980, Derby at home, stood in the kop frozen solid. Only the two areas weren't white and the ball was orange. Poor game, the only real interest was how high in the air Powell could kick Terry Connor - until Ray came off the bench and launched Powell to the biggest cheer of the afternoon - bigger than the one for Gonzo's free kick that won the match 1-0 for us. I was a teenager then and Ray Hankin has always and will always be my favourite Leeds player.

Footy says: I remember Ray when he played for the Vancouver Whitecaps and I must echoe the fact that Ray was deadly in the air and luckly have some of his magic on video. Cheer Ray !

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