John Hawley (footballer)

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John Hawley
Personal information
Full name John East Hawley[1]
Date of birth (1954-05-08) 8 May 1954 (age 62)[1]
Place of birth Patrington, England
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1978 Hull City 114 (22)
1975–1976 St. Louis Stars (loan) 20 (11)
1978–1979 Leeds United 33 (16)
1979–1981 Sunderland 25 (11)
1981–1983 Arsenal 20 (3)
1982 Leyton Orient (loan) 4 (1)
1982 Hull City (loan) 3 (1)
1983–1985 Bradford City 67 (28)
1985–1986 Scunthorpe United 21 (7)
Total 307 (100)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John East Hawley (born 8 May 1954) is an English former professional footballer who played as a forward. Hawley, who had a brief spell playing in the NASL altogether made a total of 287 appearances in the Football League, scoring 89 goals.[1]


Born in Patrington, East Riding of Yorkshire,[1] Hawley firstly played as a professional in 1972 for that of Hull City. He was loaned for the 1975-76 season to that of the St. Louis Stars rejoining the Tigers at that season's end.[2] He then in 1978 made the switch for £81,000 to local rivals, Leeds United.[3] Hawley was the Whites topscorer scoring 16 goals in 33 appearances at and away from Elland Road.[4] He then left in the summer of 1979 to Sunderland for £200,000.[3]

In 1981, he moved to Highbury for £51,000 pounds to link up with Arsenal where in being capped 21 times he scored 3 goals altogether.[3] At Arsenal he was loaned to Leyton Orient and Hull City. He left Arsenal in 1983 towards Valley Parade of Bradford City where he helped the club win the second division title of 1985.[3] He then left the Bantams to join Scunthorpe United with whom he brought his career to its finality.[5][4][6][3][2]

Personal life[edit]

While playing for Bradford City, he involved with rescue efforts during the Bradford City stadium fire.[7] He has been credited with saving the life of a supporter by pulling him to safety.[8]


Bradford City[1]


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  2. ^ a b "Profile". NASL Jerseys. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Profile". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Profile". Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Profile". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Profile". Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Rick Broadbent (9 May 2005). "Tragic day that left a city scarred for life". The Times. Retrieved 4 December 2007. 
  8. ^ Simon Parker (11 January 2014). "'Thank you for saving my life ...' Bradford fire survivor's message to former Bantams striker John Hawley nearly three decades on". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 12 January 2014.