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John Hawley

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Position Centre forward
Born 08 May 1954, Withernsea (England)
Height 182 cm
Weight 85 kg
International Caps none

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Hull City 01 Apr 1972 01 May 1978 114 22 £81000
Leeds United 01 May 1978 03 Sep 1979 42 17 £200000
Sunderland 03 Sep 1979 01 Sep 1981 25 11 £50000
Arsenal 01 Sep 1981 01 Mar 1983 20 3  
Leyton Orient 01 Oct 1982   4 1 on loan
Hull City 01 Dec 1982   3 1 on loan
Bradford City 01 Sep 1983 01 Jul 1985 67 28  
Scunthorpe United 01 Jul 1985 01 Jun 1986 21 7  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1978 - 1979 29(3) 16 3   6 1 0   0  
1979 - 1980 1   0   0   0   0  
Total 30(3) 16 3   6 1 0   0  

Jabba's Comments

A strange one this - and not just for his middle name of "East". He scored 17 goals in his one season at Elland Road, and yet found himself sold to Sunderland at the end of the year - whereupon Leeds' other players stopped scoring any goals themselves. Injury caught up with him a bit as he enjoyed a peripatetic existence as a player until he retired from top flight football in the mid-1980s. He was a big lad who would probably have continued scoring - but Jimmy Adamson (and some of the fans) - weren't happy with the way he didn't seem to be up there hustling for goals for 90 minutes. But as we've seen time and again, you sometimes have to put up with that, and as long as the old onion bag keeps bulging you do. For some reason, Adamson's patience was a bit shorter than would have seemed reasonable.

Jit Lye says: I remember John Hawley, in that season he partnered Ray Hankin in attack. I think Carl Harris and Arthur Graham were on the wings. That was the season Leeds finished in the top 6. And then they sold him. Somehow, he never struck me as "one of the team", much the same way I viewed Hasselbaink!

Rob says: He currently runs an antiques shop in Beverley.

Jit Lye says: He sells antiques? wow. talk about bull in a china shop

James Cockin says: hi he does not lve in beverley now he lives in a village called north cave near beverley he currently does auctions at beverley memorial hall.

David Gunton says: I never even knew he was a footy player! I've been staying at his home in North Cave which he and his wife Caroline also run as a B & B. She does a cracking brekky whilst fielding demands for games kit from two very polite and tolerant sons. He sits and waits equally tolerantly for his breakfast, gently tossing dry Yorkshire witticisms into the air to fall wherever they might tickle out a chuckle. Never a word about his former fame as one of those things to be rarely found at Leeds, a top goal scorer. Sly boots, hiding his lights under bushels.

David Bucknell says: When I was a kid of 12 or so, he was still at Hull and he came to watch us play in the park one Saturday morning - no reason that I know of - he just did. I remember he was wearing a very long brown leather coat and he did seem quiet and withdrawn even then. Watched him at Lids plenty of times but never really took to him. Was suprised he scored 17 in one season - I would have guessed 7 or 8.

Scoots says: John Hawley was always interested in antiques and for his first few seasons at Hull City he played purely as an amateur so as to keep his options in that area open. In those days of course his father was the shops proprietor. I think his name was Ray. My father dealt with their insurance issues. John was one of my favourites at Hull, sorry when he left.

Paul Bell says: John is currently holding a Hull City Memoribllia Auction at the KC Stadium to mark The Clubs Centinerary. Any donations to john.hawley@info

louise b says: Hi JAMES COCKIN jus wanted to say hi, I c u everymornin out my bus window, you prob know me already through my mum. Just thought i wud say hi.alot of my mates want your number from hunsley.

Neil Hornby says: I used to train and play with John and Jeff Hemmerman with Hull City as a schoolboy back in the mid-late 60's. Many a night did we enjoy training in the club gymnasium.

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