We do a little research on midfield man Lewis Hawkins as we get in to conversation with him on subjects based on every letter of his name.
L is for Laughter
When it comes to laughing, Kevin Bridges is the man for me. I have got a few of his shows recorded on my television and I also went to see him live when he came to Middlesbrough. He did a show where he tested out some of his new material and he had me in absolute stitches.
E is for Early Life
I grew up in Middlesbrough, in a place called Whinney Banks. People think it’s rough when you’re not from there – but the people who live there all know each other and it’s great. But if you’re just passing through it’s pretty rough! Haha! When I was younger they had just put a footy pitch in so me and my mates would be straight there after we’d done with school for the day to play Knocky Out Pick A Partner!
W is for Walsall
I made my debut in a game at Walsall in 2012. I remember being sat in training on the Friday and the Manager at the time, Neale Cooper, came up and told me I was playing! Then, the next day someone else got injured so Josh Rowbotham was picked to start alongside me in centre midfield – we’d played together there in the Youth Team! We got a 0-0 draw there and I remember I went in for a 50-50 challenge early on which really settled me down and let me enjoy the rest of the game.
I is for In The Sun
I would say my favourite holiday so far has been when I went to Vegas with my mates for my 21st birthday. We did a load of different pool parties and nightclubs – it was brilliant. For a more chilled-out holiday, I would probably go to Mexico. I went there for two weeks with my girlfriend and it was lovely.
S is for Scoring
The only two goals I have scored both came in the same game at Barnet! Actually, my first ever goal for the Club was voted Goal of the Season in 2015/16! I know that scoring goals is an area I need to improve on now. I think I get in to scoring positions quite a lot but feel like I am snatching at things a little so hopefully when I get another goal or two under my belt that will help.
H is for Horden
When I finished school I went on to college where Ian McGuckin was the football team coach. He took me from there on to play for Horden where he was assistant to Brian Honour. It was brilliant there and we went on play a pre-season friendly against Hartlepool and then I was offered a trial. I went from being at college doing Sports Science to playing for Pools in about three weeks, it was crazy.
A is for Ambitions
I just want to push on and be the best I can be and keep learning all the time. I think everyone’s focus has to be on trying to help the Club get back in the EFL because that’s where we really want to be.
W is for Worst Haircut?
Haha! I remember when I was a kid I had blond streaks put in my hair. Everyone went through that stage, didn’t they? Ha! I thought I was in a boy band or something! I was only about 12 but I thought I looked great – looking back at photos now I looked like a skunk with the stripes through my hair!
K is for Knockout
I really enjoy watching boxing. I went with Scotty Harrison and few of my mates to the Kell Brook v Errol Spence fight last year and it was brilliant. I had always wanted to go to a fight so to get to that one when there had been so much hype around it was brilliant – it was just a shame about the result!
I is for Impact
There are a few people who have had a big impact on my career. Firstly, I would say my mam and dad and my nana – they always give me loads of advice and are at more or less every game I play in. But before that there are people who encouraged me back in my Marton days and then Micky Barron helped me loads when I first joined Pools because I joined late as a second year scholar. It was great to be involved and he helped push me on.
N is for Nicknames
I don’t really have many nicknames but most of the lads just call me ‘Hawks’. Outside of football I don’t really get called that very much – my girlfriend calls me Lewis and she hates it when she hear people saying ‘Hawks’! Ha. At school everyone called me ‘Lew’ really.
S is for Spennymoor
I think the time I have spent on loan at Spennymoor has really helped me. I wasn’t in the team at Pools so I went there and the boss Jason Ainsley was brilliant with me. They played good football and I got a couple of months under my belt before coming back and getting some game time at Pools. When I was out of the team a couple of seasons ago I went back there and again it got me going and back in the team at Pools. I would say that experience has been invaluable for my career and I would encourage all players to go out on loan because it’s so much different from just playing Reserve Team football.