Derek Hawksworth

 

Forward Derek Hawksworth played for both Bradford clubs in an illustrious
career. He was born in the Manningham district of Bradford on 16 July, 1927
and signed for Park Avenue as a wartime amateur making 17 appearances
between 1943 and 1946. During the war he was in the RAF and played for his
unit whilst in India. His war service meant he could only make a handful of
appearances for Park Avenue when on leave. In 1948, still an amateur, he
joined Huddersfield Town and in October of that year joined Bradford City
when offered professional terms.

He generally played on the wing, but liked to move inside looking for goals.
His hat-trick against Wrexham in December 1950 came on the same day that Bob
Crosbie hit three for Park Avenue at Crewe, only the second time that
hat-tricks had been netted both Bradford clubs on the same day.

He moved on to Sheffield United in December 1950 for City's record incoming
fee of £12,500 and spent eight successful seasons at Bramall Lane. Although
a Bradford lad he is best remembered for playing for United.
He turned out for an FA X1 against The Army at Highbury (Arsenal) in
November 1951 and won an England 'B' cap against France at Le Havre in May
1952. The following season he won a Second Division championship medal with
United and after three years in Division One was transferred to
Hudderfield Town in exchange for Ronnie Simpson and £6,000. He played at
Leeds Road during Denis Law's final two seasons before the star was snapped
up by Manchester United. Meanwhile Derek left for Lincoln City in February
1960. After training at Park Avenue in 1961, City signed him for a second
time for £3,000. He couldn't help The Paraders from being relegated to
Division Four and in July 1962 they allowed him to go to non-League Nelson
for whom he played as a part-timer.

Football League stats:
Bradford City 75 apps, 20 goals
Sheffield United (255, 88)
Huddersfield Town (55, 14)
Lincoln City (36, 14)
Bradford City (second spell) (44, 8).

I make that 465 appearances and 144 goals - very impressive.

Article by Tim Clapham, PR at Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC

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