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Hookey Leonard

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Full nameJames Leonard
Date of birth4 May 1901
Place of birthSaltcoats, Scotland
Date of death13 June 1982(age 81)
Playing positionInside Forward

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

Leonard signed with Cowdenbeath in 1923. 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. Leonard returned to Cowdenbeath for the 1927-1928 season but was back in the U.S., this time with the New York Nationals. 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's exploits are chronicled in Ron Ferguson's Black Diamonds and the Blue Brazil. He was recently elected into the Cowdenbeath F.C. Hall of Fame. After retiring, Leonard settled in the US with his family. He died in 1982, but in July 2003 his family visited Cowdenbeath to receive a commemorative scroll.

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