Derek Hales

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Derek Hales
Personal information
Full name Derek David Hales
Date of birth (1951-12-15) 15 December 1951 (age 67)
Place of birth Lower Halstow, Kent, England
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1972 Dartford 29 (15)
1972–1973 Luton Town 7 (1)
1973–1976 Charlton Athletic 129 (72)
1976–1977 Derby County 23 (4)
1977–1978 West Ham United 24 (10)
1978–1985 Charlton Athletic 191 (76)
1985–1986 Gillingham 40 (9)
Total 443 (187)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Derek David Hales (born 15 December 1951) is an English former footballer.

He is the all-time leading goalscorer for Charlton Athletic (when both league and cup games are taken into account), with his most prolific season being 1975-76, when he scored 28 league goals and was leading scorer in the Football League Second Division. He is also famous for an on-field fight with teammate Mike Flanagan during an FA Cup tie against Maidstone in 1979.[1][2]

After running a pub in his native village Lower Halstow, he is now employed at the Howard School in Gillingham.[3]


  • Roger Triggs (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X.
  • Derek Hales at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  1. ^ Daily Mail - The Top on-pitch punch-ups
  2. ^ The Times
  3. ^ the-football-league-paper May 17, 2015, issue No.247