Full name Karl Leon Hawley
Date of birth 6 December 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth Walsall, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Striker
Current team StourBridge
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Walsall 1 (0)
2002–2003 Raith Rovers (loan) 17 (7)
2003 Hereford United (loan) 6 (1)
2003 Raith Rovers (loan) 9 (2)
2004 Hednesford Town 1 (0)
2004–2007 Carlisle United 118 (47)
2007–2009 Preston North End 30 (3)
2008 Northampton Town (loan) 11 (2)
2009 Colchester United (loan) 4 (0)
2009–2012 Notts County 81 (5)
2012 Crawley Town (loan) 4 (0)
2012–2013 Scunthorpe United 39 (11)
2013–2014 Torquay United 25 (3)
2014– 2015 Alfreton Town 33 (10)
2015 Stourbridge 46 (24)
2004–2005 England C 2
Born in Walsall, West Midlands, Hawley started his career for his hometown team Walsall but only played one league game. While at the Bescot Stadium he also spent loan spells at Raith Rovers and Hereford United, where he scored once against Burton Albion.
After his release by Walsall in 2004, Hawley joined Southern Football League side Hednesford Town, but only made one start for the Pitmen, playing in a league game against Hinckley United. He was again released towards the end of the 2003–04 season. Hawley joined Conference team Carlisle United in the summer of 2004 and played a part in their return to the Football League. He was the League Two top scorer in the 2005–06 season, forming a successful partnership with Michael Bridges as Carlisle achieved a second successive promotion to League One. Hawley was voted League Two Fans’ Player of the Year and was part of the League Two Team of the Year. In May 2007, Hawley was offered an improved contract by Carlisle manager Neil McDonald, but Hawley rejected the offer and left the club on 11 May 2007. In three seasons for Carlisle United he was the club’s top scorer.
He signed for Championship side Preston North End on 14 June 2007, on a three-year contract. After making 26 appearance and 3 goals in League and 2 in FA Cup at his first season for Preston, Hawley suffered poor forms for Preston in his second season and got less playing time under manager Alan Irvine. Also during his time at Preston, Hawley also struggled to replicate the goal scoring form he showed at Carlisle and joined Northampton Town for a one months loan where he made 11 appearance and scoring two. Afterwards, Hawley returned to the club despite Northampton Town was keen to extend his contract. Afterwards his loan finish with Northampton, Hawley returns to Preston and as made just five substitute appearances in the League and 2 starts in League Cup and eventually Hawley join Colchester United on month loan deal along with Neal Trotman and made 4 appearance.
He signed for League Two side Notts County on 3 August 2009, on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee to revive his career. In his first season for Preston, Hawley made total of 38 appearance(31 in League, 6 in FA Cup, 1 in League Cup and 1 in Football League Trophy) and scoring 4 (3 in league and 1 in FA Cup). Under manager of Cotterill, Short, Paul Ince and Martin Allen, Hawley fell out with favour due to that he has struggled to make an impact for Notts County and his poor performance struck again. In May 2012 he was released by Notts County, along with 12 other players.
On 31 January 2012 Hawley signed, on loan until the end of season, for Crawley Town. However, Hawley made four appearance and return to Notts County, with another disappointing loan spell.
Having been released, Hawley went on a trial at Doncaster Rovers. On 7 September 2012, he signed a short term deal with League 1 side Scunthorpe United. At Scunthorpe United, Hawley made an impressive display at the club, with five goals in seventeen appearance. In January, Hawley signed a new contract, with the club until the end of the season as his old deal expires in January.
On July 1 2013 Hawley signed a two-year deal with Torquay United scoring 3 goals in 30 appearances. However on 29th August 2014 Karl and the club agreed to terminate his contract by mutual consent. On 5 September 2014 Hawley signed a one-year deal with Conference Premier Alfreton Town.When this contract finished Karl signed for Stourbridge