Joe Hamill

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Joe Hamill
Personal information
Full name Joseph Hamill
Date of birth (1984-02-25) 25 February 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Bellshill, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Bonnyrigg Rose
(on loan from Airdrieonians)
Youth career
East Stirlingshire
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Heart of Midlothian 57 (4)
2005–2006 Leicester City 12 (0)
2006–2011 Livingston 102 (2)
2010 Queen of the South (loan) 11 (0)
2010 Östersunds FK (loan)
2011–2013 Raith Rovers 60 (3)
2013–2014 Formartine United
2014– Airdrieonians 2 (0)
2014– Bonnyrigg Rose (loan)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:28, 27 October 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Joe Hamill (born 25 February 1984 in Bellshill) is a Scottish professional footballer currently playing for Scottish Junior club Bonnyrigg Rose on loan from Airdrieonians in Scottish League One. He has previously played for Heart of Midlothian, Leicester City, Livingston, Queen of the South, Raith Rovers and Formartine United.

Career[edit]

Hamill had a spell as a teenager playing for East Stirlingshire Boys Club until he joined the youth development scheme at Hearts, graduating from there to the youth academy in 2000. Known as a hard working and tricky winger, he was promoted in April 2002 to the first team squad after major roles in the Under-18's and Under-21's. He was featured in the side that won Youth League championship in season 2000–01.

Hamill was on the fringes of the first team squad in season 2002–03, however during the following season he started to play more games for the first team, making 20 competitive appearances. He also obtained a massive confidence boost when, in May 2004, he scored the only goal in a SPL match against Rangers at Ibrox.[1]

During the 2004–2005 season, Hamill gained competitive European experience by playing during the Tynecastle outfit's UEFA Cup campaign. He also scored the winner in the Edinburgh derby against Hibernian on 24 October 2004.[2]

In August 2005, Hamill was signed by his former Hearts boss Craig Levein for Leicester City in the English Championship, joining former Jambo team-mates Mark de Vries, Alan Maybury and Patrick Kisnorbo.[3] He scored his first goal for the club after 37 minutes of his debut in a League Cup defeat of Bury[4] and made his league debut a week later, coming off the bench in the 1–1 draw away to Hull City.

On 28 July 2006, it was announced that Hamill had parted ways with Leicester City after just 11 months at the club, having his contract terminated by mutual consent.[5] His then manager Rob Kelly, who had replaced Levein in early 2006, said that Hamill had left the club to seek first team football elsewhere. He also said Hamill was a smashing lad and never caused an ounce of trouble at the club.

On 2 August 2006, he joined Scottish First Division club Livingston on a free transfer.[6] On 29 January 2010, Dumfries club Queen of the South confirmed that Hamill had signed on loan with Steve Tosh moving in the opposite direction.[7] After returning to Livingston, Hamill went out on loan again, this time to Swedish club Östersunds FK on a six-month deal.[8] Upon his return to Livingston, Hamill was involved in the squad as the club won the Second Division title.[9]

On 1 June 2011, Kirkcaldy club Raith Rovers signed Hamill on a 2-year contract.[10] On 8 May 2013, it was confirmed that Hamill had been released.[11]

After leaving Raith Rovers, Hamill signed for Highland League club Formartine United in August 2013.[12] In December 2013, Hamill rejected a move to an unnamed League One club saying that he wanted to stay and try to help Formartine win the title.[13] At the end of the season he was released by the club.[14]

On 8 June 2014, Airdrieonians confirmed that they had signed Hamill for the 2014–2015 season.[15] In October 2014, he moved to Junior club Bonnyrigg Rose on loan.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rangers 0–1 Hearts". BBC Sport. 12 May 2004. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Hearts 2–1 Hibernian". BBC Sport. 24 October 2004. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Hamill swaps Hearts for Leicester". BBC Sport. 11 August 2005. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bury 0–3 Leicester". BBC Sport. 23 August 2005. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Fudge, Simon (28 July 2006). "Foxes axe Hamill". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Hamill makes switch to Livingston". BBC Sport. 2 August 2006. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Queens boss transfer swoop". Dumfries & Galloway Standard. 3 February 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Hamill goes as Barr signs on". Livingston F.C. 1 August 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Livingston Lions roar back into First Division". West Lothian Courier. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Extension Granted & Midfielder Signs
  11. ^ Players to be released
  12. ^ "Formartine sign Joe Hamill". Scottish Professional Football League. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  13. ^ Holme, Ben (17 January 2014). "Hamill stayed to win Highland League with Formartine United". Evening Express. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  14. ^ Holme, Ben (14 April 2014). "Hamill on way out as Paterson is set to ring changes at Formartine". Evening Express. 
  15. ^ "JOE HAMILL". Airdrieonians F.C. 8 June 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  16. ^ Thomson, Scott (25 October 2014). "Bonnyrigg sign former Hearts ace Hamill on loan". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 

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