Hookey Leonard

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Hookey Leonard
Personal information
Full name James Leonard
Place of death United States
Playing position Inside Forward
Youth career
19??–1924 Saltcoats Victoria
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1923–1926 Cowdenbeath 70 (37)
1926–1927 Indiana Flooring 15 (8)
1927–1928 Cowdenbeath 27 (15)
1928–1930 New York Nationals 74 (49)
1930 Cowdenbeath 8 (6)
1930–1931 Sunderland 33 (17)
1932 Rhyl
Greenock Morton 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James "Hookey" or "Hooky" Leonard[1] (born in Paisley, Scotland)[2] was a Scottish professional footballer.

Leonard signed with Cowdenbeath in 1923.[3] He quickly became a club favorite with brilliant performances. However, during the 1924–1925 game, he was suspended after missing several training sessions. Leonard was the third leading scorer in the Scottish League during the 1925–1926 season, but shocked the team and league when he signed with Indiana Flooring of the American Soccer League in December 1926. He played fifteen league games, scoring eight goals, through the remainder of the 1926–1927.[4] Leonard returned to Cowdenbeath for the 1927–1928 season but was back in the U.S., this time with the New York Nationals.[5] He remained with the Nationals through the 1929–1930 season, then returned again to Cowdenbeath. The team then sold his contract to English club Sunderland for £3000. He spent one season in England, but disagreements with team management saw him with Rhyl for part of the season. In October 1932, Leonard signed with Greenock Morton before finishing his career with Codenbeath. At some point, he may have also played with Saltcoats Victoria.

Leonard may have ended his footballing career in the Irish League playing for Shelbourne in 1933–34, Shamrock Rovers in 1934–35, Dolphin in 1935–36, Fearons A, Brideville in 1938–39 and Shelborne in 1939–40.[6] Note that the birth & death dates given are 7 October 1904 in Paisley and 7 September 1959 which differ from those above.[6]

Leonard's exploits are chronicled in Ron Ferguson's Black Diamonds and the Blue Brazil.[7] He was recently elected into the Cowdenbeath F.C. Hall of Fame.[8] After retiring, Leonard settled in the US with his family.[9] He died in 1982, but in July 2003 his family visited Cowdenbeath to receive a commemorative scroll.[10]


  1. ^ Photo of Leonard
  2. ^ Link to family friend
  3. ^ Cowdenbeath A to Z, Part One : David Allan (2003, Cowdenbeath, Cowdenbeath Supporters Club)
  4. ^ Jose, Colin (1998). American Soccer League, 1921–1931 (Hardback). The Scarecrow Press. (ISBN 0-8108-3429-4). 
  5. ^ Summary of Leonard' career in ASL, 1926-30s
  6. ^ a b Emms, Steve; Richard Wells (2007). Scottish League Players' Records 1890–91 to 1938–39. Soccerdata. ISBN 978-1-899468-66-9. 
  7. ^ 1993 Aberdeen, Northern Books for Famedram
  8. ^ Ferguson,R Helicopter Dreams (2006, Aberdeen, Northern) ISBN 0-905489-53-5
  9. ^ Robert Philip, Daily Telegraph 7 January 2007
  10. ^ Presentation at "The Goth" Tavern