Derek Hawksworth

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Derek Hawksworth
Personal information
Full name Derek Marshall Hawksworth
Date of birth (1927-07-16) 16 July 1927 (age 91)
Place of birth Bradford, England
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946 Bradford Park Avenue 0 (0)
1947 Huddersfield Town 0 (0)
1948–1950 Bradford City 75 (20)
1950–1958 Sheffield United 255 (88)
1958–1960 Huddersfield Town 55 (14)
1960–1961 Lincoln City 36 (14)
1961 Bradford City 44 (8)
Total 465 (144)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Derek Marshall Hawksworth (born 16 July 1927) was a footballer who played in the position of Winger for Sheffield United.

Football career[edit]

Hawksworth started his career with Bradford Park Avenue in 1946, before moving to Huddersfield Town, although he never made an appearance for either club. In 1948, he moved to Bradford City and made 75 appearances with 20 goals for the West Yorkshire side.

Hawksworth was 23 when he signed for Sheffield United in 1950 in a double transfer along with fellow winger Alf Ringstead, for a total outlay of £15,000. He was strong, fast and dangerous near goal, and was at his best in an outside-left position, but served United well in all the other forward positions.

He played an integral part in United's 7-3 defeat of Sheffield Wednesday in the Steel City derby at Bramall Lane on 8 September 1951, scoring an equaliser and a fourth goal in a match never to be forgotten by Blades fans. In total, he played 255 league matches for Sheffield United, and scored 88 league goals in his seven years at Bramall Lane.

He was transferred to Huddersfield Town in 1958 in an exchange deal, which saw Ronnie Simpson moving to United. He played 55 league matches, scoring 14 goals for the Terriers. In 1959, he signed for Lincoln City, scoring 14 times in 36 league matches.

He ended his career back with Bradford City, for one final year. Scoring eight goals from 44 appearances for the Bantams.



Sheffield United[1]


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