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
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
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withdrawn even then.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
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.