|Full name||Derek David Hales|
|Date of birth||15 December 1951|
|Place of birth||Lower Halstow, Kent, England|
|1977-1978||West Ham United||24||(10)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Hales joined Gillingham as a youth team player in 1968 but failed to gain a professional contract and drifted into non-League football, playing for Faversham Town and then Dartford. While at Dartford Hales scored the only goal in the game to win an FA Trophy 3rd round tie at Hereford United. This game attracted the biggest ever crowd in this competition outside a final of 8,130 as it came a week after Hereford's famous win in the FA Cup against Newcastle United. Hales scored 15 goals in 29 appearances for Dartford.
In 1972 Luton Town paid £2,000 to sign him from Dartford, but just over a year later he was sold for £4,000 to Charlton Athletic. It was at The Valley that he made a name for himself, scoring 168 goals in 368 games in two spells at the club, making him the Addicks' all-time leading goalscorer and earning the nickname from the fans "The Killer" or simply "Killer" due to his lethal finishing in front of goal and the fact that his family owned a butchers' shop with a slaughterhouse attached to it, where Hales used to help out before becoming a professional. In between his two spells with Charlton he played top-flight football for Derby County and West Ham United, the team he supported as a boy. When his second spell at Charlton ended in 1985 he joined Gillingham, where he rounded off his professional career with 9 goals in 31 games. Released by the Gills in 1986, he returned to the village in which he was born and bought the local pub.
He is currently a P.E teacher at The Howard School, Gillingham, Kent. In 2005, as part of Charlton's centenary celebrations, the fans voted Hales as their "All-time Cult Hero" as well as "Best Ever Striker". In 2012 he was inducted into the Charlton Athletic Hall of Fame.
- Roger Triggs (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X.
- Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database