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Jim Leonard
Jim Leonard
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Jim 'Hookey' Leonard (Inside forward, 1923-26, 1927-28, 1930) - Jim was of course immortalised in Ron Ferguson's 'Black Diamonds and the Blue Brazil'. He had three spells with Cowden during his career and also starred in the USA with Indian Flooring and New York Nationals. In 1925/26 he was third top goalscorer in Division 1 before abruptly leaving for the USA. Leonard came back to Cowdenbeath for season 1927/28. Arsenal then wanted him but he returned to the USA. Back again in 1930, he turned in a series of virtuoso performances for the Miners. He was selected to represent the Scottish League and then was signed by Sunderland for a 3,000 fee. At Roker Park, he promptly scored 19 goals in 33 games and played in an FA Cup semi-final. Later he played for Morton and in Wales and Ireland. His 84 League and Scottish Cup goals make him Cowdenbeath's fourth highest goalscorer of all-time. Hookey died in 1958. His happiest days were spent at Cowdenbeath where he indulged his twin passions of football and drinking!

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