|Full name||Colin Joseph Hawkins|
|Date of birth||17 August 1977|
|Place of birth||Galway, Ireland|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|1997–2000||St Patrick's Athletic||89||(17)|
|2008||→ Chesterfield (loan)||5||(0)|
|2008–2010||Brighton & Hove Albion||18||(0)|
|1998–1999||Republic of Ireland U21||8||(0)|
|2013||Shamrock Rovers (assistant)|
|2014||Shamrock Rovers B|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Colin Joseph Hawkins (born 17 August 1977) is a retired Irish footballer and current manager of Shamrock Rovers B. Hawkins was a central defender with Shamrock Rovers along with a number of other clubs in the League of Ireland and cross-channel in England. He has represented the Republic of Ireland at youth and U21 levels.
Hawkins made his first League of Ireland appearance as a schoolboy for Salthill Devon on 14 August 1994. He produced an impressive display despite his side losing 4–0 to Athlone Town in the League of Ireland Cup. After finishing his secondary education Hawkins was offered a 2-year contract with then English Premiership side Coventry City after impressing in trials. Hawkins played for the Republic of Ireland national under-19 football team in the 1996 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship finals in Luxembourg. After the 1996/97 season the Coventry management deemed Hawkins to be surplus to requirements and released him, having never played a senior game. That summer he played a starring role in the Brian Kerr managed Republic of Ireland under-20 side in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championships, helping Ireland to 3rd place.
St Patrick's Athletic
Despite interest from several British sides Hawkins signed for Irish top flight club St Patrick's Athletic, where he linked up with fellow Bronze medallists from the FIFA World Youth Championships, Trevor Molloy and Thomas Morgan. Hawkins immediately earned a starting spot alongside Packie Lynch and their solid base helped St Pats win the championship in his first season. Hawkins played in the Champions League preliminary round against Celtic in 1998, in a 0–0 draw at Celtic Park. He was rewarded with the Players' Young Player of the Year Award. In November 1998 he was awarded the FAI national League player of the year award. St Pats also won the league in Hawkins second season. During these years he would represent Ireland many times at Under 21 level. Hawkins was injured at the start of the 1999/2000 season and on his return was played in a deep midfield role. He was not comfortable there and his performance levels dropped remarkably. Towards the end of the season it was announced that he would not stay with St Pats, but join English Football Conference side Doncaster Rovers.
Hawkins was signed by Ian Snodin, but within weeks Snodin was sacked and replaced by Steve Wignall. Wignall did not rate Hawkins as highly as Snodin did, and initially Hawkins had to be content with only substitute appearances. He broke into the starting line up in November 2000 and remained there for the rest of the 2000/01 season. Hawkins had firmly established himself in the side during the first half of the 2001/02 season but was forced to leave the club, after Doncaster were forced to cut their playing squad down due to financial restrictions.
November 2001 saw Hawkins return to Ireland to play for Bohemians and he made his debut for the "Gypsies" against former club St. Pats on 30 November. In 2003 Hawkins won his third league winners medal as Bohemians won their second title in 3 years, though Hawkins was never a popular player in Dalymount Park due to consistent poor performances.
At the end of the 2004 season, Bohemians Dublin rivals Shelbourne signed 3 out-of-contract players from Bohemians; Hawkins, Glen Crowe, and Bobby Ryan. Hawkins won his fourth league title, and his first piece of silverware at Shelbourne, as they won their third title in 4 years in November 2006 defeating Bohemains 2–1 to clinch the top spot.
In January 2007 Hawkins made a free transfer back to Championship side Coventry City, the team where he signed his first professional contract. This time however Hawkins went on to make several very impressive appearances in his first season back, helping Coventry City stay clear of relegation. A troublesome Achilles injury restricted Hawkins to just a solitary start in his second season (against Notts County in the League Cup) and with the arrival of new manager Chris Coleman he was deemed surplus to requirements and his contract was not renewed.
Brighton & Hove Albion
On 28 May 2008, it was revealed that Hawkins had become first signing by manager Micky Adams in his second spell as manager at League One Brighton, agreeing a two-year contract. Hawkins and Adams had previously worked together at Coventry. Hawkins was hugely popular with the Brighton faithful and assumed cult status at the club. Following the completion of his two-year contract, Hawkins was released by Brighton much to the dismay of many supporters.
Hawkins returned to Ireland in June 2010 when he signed for Sporting Fingal as he wanted to return home for family reasons. He was part of the team that bowed out the UEFA Europa league after losing 6–4 on aggregate to Marítimo. Hawkins found himself without a club three weeks before the start of the 2011 season after Sporting Fingal cancelled all their players contracts and later folded.
On 13 January 2012 Hawkins signed for the League of Ireland Champions, and his fifth Dublin club, as a player-coach
- St Patrick's Athletic
- Republic of Ireland
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. p. 185. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0.
- Sky Blues Defender to Sign Archived 5 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Seagulls.co.uk, 28 May 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2008
- Sporting line up Hawkins for LOI return Herald.ie, 23 June 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2010