Hamilton Academical F.C.

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Hamilton Academical
Hamilton Academical FC logo.svg
Full name Hamilton Academical Football Club
Nickname(s) The Accies
Founded 1874; 141 years ago (1874)
Ground New Douglas Park, Hamilton
Ground Capacity 6,078[1]
Chairman Les Gray
Manager Martin Canning
League Scottish Premiership
2013–14 Scottish Championship, 2nd (promoted via play-off)
Website Club home page
Current season

Hamilton Academical Football Club, often known as Hamilton Accies, or The Accies, are a Scottish football club from Hamilton in South Lanarkshire who currently compete in the Scottish Premiership, having been promoted from the 2013–14 Scottish Championship. They were established in 1874 from the school football team at Hamilton Academy and remain the only professional club in British football to have originated from a school team. Hamilton have won the Scottish Challenge Cup twice and have finished runners-up in the Scottish Cup twice. The club currently play their home games at New Douglas Park.

Club history[edit]

Hamilton Academical F.C. was formed in late 1874 by the Rector and pupils of the local school. The club soon became members of the Scottish Football Association and initially began competing in the Scottish Cup and Qualifying Cup, before joining the Scottish Football League in November 1897 following the resignation of Renton.[2]

In the 1970s, Hamilton briefly resigned from the league due to mounting debts.[3] In 1994 the club sold its home ground, Douglas Park stadium, to Sainsbury's supermarket, and subsequently ground-shared in Coatbridge and Glasgow for seven years.[3] During this period the club went through financial hardships and unpaid players went on strike.[3] As a result, Hamilton was unable to fulfil its fixtures during the 1999–2000 season and was docked 15 points, the eventual result of which was relegation to the Third Division.[3] The club moved into its New Douglas Park stadium in 2001.[3]

In 2008, for the first time in 20 years, Accies gained promotion to the top division of Scottish football, the Scottish Premier League. In the 2009–10 season, a 3–0 victory against Kilmarnock on 17 April 2010 secured a third straight season in Scotland's top flight, with four games remaining.[4]

The Accies' stay in the SPL ended in the 2010–11 season, when they were relegated after a 1–0 defeat away to St Johnstone.[5] Despite their relegation, Hamilton's time in the top flight was most notable for their emphasis on youth including midfielders James McCarthy and James McArthur, both of whom went on to play for Wigan Athletic F.C. in the English Premier League before gaining international recognition.

Return to the Premiership[edit]

After a hard-fought campaign during the 2013–14 Scottish Championship season, Accies finished in second position on the final day of the season following a 10–2 home victory over Morton. Despite the disappointment of missing out on automatic promotion to Dundee, they went on to defeat Falkirk 2–1 on aggregate in the first stage of their Premiership play-off to face top-flight Hibernian over two legs for a place in the 2014-15 Scottish Premiership. Hamilton lost the first leg 0–2 at New Douglas Park, but two away goals in the return leg at Easter Road, including an injury time strike, forced the tie to extra time and penalty-kicks. Hamilton converted all of their spot-kicks and gained promotion back to the top flight.[6] Neil left the club in January 2015, to take up a position at English club Norwich.[7][8]


Main article: New Douglas Park

The club play their fixtures at New Douglas Park, which was opened in 2001. The pitch is an artificial surface, one of two in the Scottish Premiership alongside Kilmarnock. The stadium has an overall capacity of 6,078 and is composed of two permanent and one temporary stand.

New Douglas Park, home of Hamilton Academical

The ground replaced Douglas Park, which was the home of Hamilton from 1888 to 1994. The ground was eventually sold to supermarket chain Sainsbury's in 1994, with the proceeds going towards the construction of the new stadium, which lies adjacent to the site of Douglas Park.

Between 1994 and 2001 the club had no home. They ground-shared at Cliftonhill and Firhill Stadium


Chart of yearly table positions of The Accies in the Scottish league.
  • Lanarkshire Cup:
    • Winners (10): 1901–02, 1904–05, 1905–06, 1909–10, 1919–20, 1923–24, 1933–34, 1938–39, 1951–52, 1985–86

Minor honours[edit]

  • Reserve League Cup:
    • Winners (1): 1983–84
    • Runners-up (1): 1992–93 and 2000–01
  • Reserve League West:
    • Winners (1):1978–79, 1979–80 and 1997–98
  • Second XI Cup:
    • Winners (1): 1933–34

Player honours[edit]

Club records[edit]

Match records[edit]

  • Record victory: 10–2 vs. Morton (May 2014)[10][11]

Transfer records[edit]

  • Biggest transfer purchaseTomas Cerny from Sigma Olomouc (July 2009; £180,000)[12]
  • Biggest transfer saleJames McCarthy to Wigan Athletic (July 2009; £1,200,000)[12]


Current squad[edit]

As of 6 February 2015[13]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Northern Ireland GK Michael McGovern
2 Scotland DF Ziggy Gordon
3 Scotland DF Stephen Hendrie
4 Scotland DF Michael Devlin
5 Scotland DF Martin Canning (captain)[14]
6 Scotland MF Grant Gillespie
7 Scotland MF Dougie Imrie
8 England MF Jon Routledge
9 Trinidad and Tobago FW Jason Scotland
11 Scotland MF Ali Crawford
12 Scotland MF Darren Lyon
13 Republic of Ireland MF Lee Lynch
14 Netherlands FW Nigel Hasselbaink
15 Scotland MF Kieran MacDonald
16 Scotland MF Craig Watson
17 Scotland MF Louis Longridge
18 Scotland FW Darian MacKinnon
19 Scotland GK Blair Currie
20 Scotland FW Eamonn Brophy
21 Scotland MF Greg Docherty
No. Position Player
23 Scotland DF Scott McMann
24 Spain DF Jesús García
25 Scotland MF Danny Armstrong
26 Scotland DF Aldin El Zubaidi
27 Scotland DF Jack Harrison
28 England MF Daniel Redmond
29 Scotland GK Darren Hill
31 Scotland MF Darren Smith
32 Scotland FW Andy Ryan
33 Scotland MF Ronan Hughes
34 Scotland FW Ben Reilly
36 Scotland DF Shaun Want
37 Scotland MF Ross Cunningham
38 Scotland MF Ryan Tierney
39 Scotland MF Jack Simpson
40 Scotland DF Colin Granger
41 Russia FW Victor Gutsul
44 Brazil DF Lucas
45 Czech Republic MF Nicolas Šumský

Player of the Year[edit]

Year Winner
2004 Scotland Brian McPhee[15]
2009 Czech Republic Tomáš Černý[16]
2013 Scotland Ziggy Gordon[17]

Former players[edit]


Current staff[edit]

As of 9 January 2015[18]

Previous managers[edit]



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  2. ^ "Accies News". Hamilton Academical F.C. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Alex Anderson (3 April 2014). "Hamilton Academical prospering with frugal ethos". When Saturday Comes. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.acciesfc.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=523&Itemid=173
  5. ^ Bradley, Paul (10 May 2011). "St Johnstone 1–0 Hamilton". BBC News. 
  6. ^ Lindsay, Clive. "Hamilton Academical ended their three-year absence from Scotland's top flight after a dramatic penalty shootout that consigned Hibernian to relegation.". www.bbc.co.uk. BBC. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/30744801
  8. ^ http://acciesfc.co.uk/index.php/news/328-update-on-managerial-position
  9. ^ "Hamilton Accies 2-0 Clyde". www.news.bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  10. ^ Kenny Crawford (3 May 2014). "Hamilton 10 – 2 Morton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Accies 10 (Ten) Morton 2". Hamilton Academical F.C. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Club History". Hamilton Academical F.C. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Squad Numbers 2014–15". Hamilton Academical F.C. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  14. ^ McGilvray, Andy. "Hamilton captain Martin Canning tells club's youngsters to use Premiership season as a springboard". www.dailyrecord.co.uk. Daily Record. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  15. ^ Hamilton Academical official website – Forfar 0 Accies 4 15/05/04
  16. ^ Hamilton Academical official website – UCD 1 Accies 2
  17. ^ "@acciesfc Twitter Player of the Year". Hamilton Academical F.C. 6 May 2013. 
  18. ^ http://acciesfc.co.uk/index.php/news/343-new-management-team
  19. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/30937644

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