John Joseph "Joe" Hawcridge (birth registered October–December 1863 — 1 January 1905) birth registered in Macclesfield, was a rugby union footballer of the 1880s, playing at representative level for England, and at club level for Bradford F.C., as a Three-quarter, i.e. Wing or Centre, he died in San Francisco. Prior to Tuesday 27 August 1895, Bradford F.C. was a rugby union club, and since 1907 it has been the association football (soccer) club Bradford Park Avenue A.F.C..
Joe Hawcridge won caps for England while at Bradford F.C. in 1885 against Wales, and Ireland.
When Bradford F.C. converted from the rugby union code to the rugby league code on Tuesday 27 August 1895, Joe Hawcridge would have been approximately 31. Consequently, he could have been both a rugby union and rugby league footballer for Bradford F.C.
In the early years of rugby football the goal was to score goals, and a try had zero value, but it provided the opportunity to try at goal, and convert the try to a goal with an unopposed kick at the goal posts. The point values of both the try and goal have varied over time, and in the early years footballers could "score" a try, without scoring any points.
Joe Hawcridge's marriage to Helena Jane (née Wilkinson) (born January–March 1868 in Bradford — died July–September 1937 (age 69) in Wharfedale) was registered during January–March 1888 in Bradford district.
Joe Hawcridge's surname is variously spelt correctly with a "c" as Hawcridge, or incorrectly with a "k" Hawkridge.