Sean Hocknell (Daymon Britton) 1997-1999
First Regular Appearance: 1.1 (#1)
Last Regular Appearance: 3.4 (#144)
Duration: EP: 1 – 144 ½ SE: 1.1 - 3.4
Squad Number/Position: #15 (Striker) (1998-1999) / #35 Youth Team (1997-1998)
Last Seen: Present on Biloo’s doomed flight, confirmed fatality of the crash.
The youngest son of 1970’s Dragons legend Ken “Sammy” Hocknell, by the age of seventeen Sean Hocknell had left the family home in Newcastle, and followed older brother Dean to the Harchester United youth team. Sean was under YT Coach, and his father’s old team mate Frank Patcham’s watchful eye, as Dean progressed into the first team at the start of the 1997-98 season. Although Sean always felt Frank saw him as inferior to his brother, Frank in fact had come to view Sean and fellow youth-teamer Warren Masters as surrogate sons, and his comparisons with Dean were his way of moulding Sean to believe he could be just as good as his brother.
Sean and Dean lodged together at a digs for Harchester’s youth team, and were accompanied by Vincent Osamabiku, who became Sean’s best friend. The family running the digs had a daughter a year younger than Sean, Zoe, and the two had a fiery relationship, though Sean enjoyed winding her up (as it was so easy to do), he became concerned when she began dating Noah, who he had an instinct was too good to be true. At first it appeared that Sean was simply jealous, but his attempts to expose the two-timing Noah showed that he did in fact really care about Zoe. Away from this, Sean had his head turned by Trudi Payton, getting on her wrong side before discovering she was in fact the new physio. The result of this was Trudi handcuffing Sean to a goalpost in his boxers, and circulating photographs as a warning she wasn’t a girl to be messed with. The two continue to have a casual relationship based on acting out Trudi’s fantasies! Though Sean is later consumed with bitterness when Conor McCarthy has a night of passion with "his" Trudi!
When Vincent fails a drugs test, Sean is gutted when he leaves without saying goodbye. When Dean returns from a loan spell in
Sean was paired up with star-striker Karl Fletcher, and the two were an unstoppable force on the pitch, with Fletch taking over from Dean in an almost big brother role to Sean. Out of nowhere, Natalie arrived back in
Sean felt he should support Mica following this event, and the two organised an official wedding ceremony - with Sean even turning down a newly-returned Natalie in order to stand by his wife. Mica however, began to realise that Sean’s heart wasn’t fully in it, and in embarrassment claimed Sean’s team mate Luis Amor Rodriguez had attacked her when she had really made a failed drunken pass at him. Sean refused to play with Luis, which caused a divide between him and the team. Sean learned the truth though, and ended things with Mica before making a plea to his team mates to forgive him, which they did in time for Sean to play in Harchester’s historic FA Cup final.
In the summer of 1999, Fletch is sold to Real Mallorca and Sean misses his best friend deeply. Things are made worse as Fletch’s replacement is the cocky Scott Lucas, who takes great pleasure in winding up Sean. Sean begins to fear his talent with the ball is slipping away, and so might his time with Harchester. He finds his form again in the all important away game to
Sean is much missed by the club and all who knew him. His death sees a series of events, from Mica returning to claim compensation from the club as Sean’s widow, to the much-searched-for answer to the Wembley gunman mystery. The video of the day has been in Dean’s possession, who passes it to Fletch, who in turn gives it to Lynda and Luis, in which they spot Jerry Block paying the gunman, and ultimately use this to send Jerry on his way.