List of Hamilton Academical F.C. managers

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Hamilton Academical is a football club from Hamilton, Scotland. They were established in 1874 and entered the Scottish Cup for the first time in 1876.

In November 1897 they were admitted to the Scottish Football League for the 1897–98 season, following the dismissal of Renton, with the club taking over their previous four results and remaining fixtures for the season.

The club advertised for a Secretary/Manager, a new post, in March 1914. There were nearly 100 applicants. A short list of 15 was drawn up and from them 3 people were to be interviewed, James Collins, who was Secretary of the Glasgow Junior League, Peter Hodge the former Secretary/Manager of Raith Rovers and Alex Raisbeck an ex-Scotland player and then playing for Partick Thistle.

Raisbeck was chosen and would take up his duties on May 1914 when the season officially closed.

The club's longest serving manager was Willie McAndrew who became manager in 1925 and stayed until 1946. McAndrew managed arguably the greatest Hamilton team when they finished 4th in the 1934–35 season, their highest ever placing, and were Scottish Cup finalists.

John Lambie has the best record in terms of league trophies; having won the Scottish First Division twice.[1]

Managerial Performance - League[edit]

The Scottish Football league began with one division of teams in 1890–91. Since then it has expanded and contracted between one and four divisions.

To gauge a manager's performance the list below is broken down into the level of league they were in at the time they were league winners or runners-up. Currently the Scottish Premier League would be classed as the 1st tier of Scottish football league system while the Scottish Third Division would be classed as the 4th.

  • Second tier
Manager Winner Runner-up Winning Years
John Lambie 2 0 1985–86 Scottish League Division One / 1987–88 Scottish League Division One
Billy Reid 1 0 2007–08 Scottish League Division One
Andrew Wylie 0 1 (1952–53)
Andy Paton 0 1 (1964–65)
  • Third tier
Manager Winner Runner-up Winning Years
Sandy Clark 0 1 (1996–97)
Allan Maitland 0 1 (2003–04)
  • Fourth tier
Manager Winner Runner-up Winning Years
Ally Dawson 1 0 2000–01 Scottish Third Division

Managerial Performance - Cups[edit]

The premier cup competition in Scotland is the Scottish Cup. The club have also gained success in the Scottish Challenge Cup.

  • Scottish Cup
Manager Winner Runner-up Winning Years
Willie McAndrew 0 1 (1935)
  • Scottish Challenge Cup
Manager Winner Runner-up Winning Years
Billy McLaren 1 0 1991
Iain Munro 1 0 1992
Billy Reid 0 1 (2005)

Managerial statistics - League[edit]

Below is the full Scottish League record of every Hamilton manager (excluding manager's who were in control for less than 20 games).

As of 1 May 2007.

Name From To Played Won Drew Lost For Against Win%
Raisbeck, AlexAlex Raisbeck 1914 1922 304 104 63 137 433 543 34.21
Buchanon, DavidDavid Buchanon 1922 1923 42 11 8 23 44 63 26.19
Duncan, ScottScott Duncan 1923 1925 80 32 10 38 111 126 40.00
McAndrew, WillieWillie McAndrew 1925 1946 533 212 99 222 1028 1082 39.77
McStay, JimmyJimmy McStay 1946 1951 151 54 36 61 284 281 35.76
Wylie, AndrewAndrew Wylie 1951 1953 69 33 9 27 129 122 47.83
Cox, JackieJackie Cox 1953 1956 84 32 14 38 175 191 26.88
Lowe, JohnJohn Lowe 1956 1958 72 26 17 29 139 147 36.11
Paton, AndyAndy Paton 1959 1968 324 137 57 130 623 646 42.28
Lamont, BillyBilly Lamont 1969 1969 39 11 8 20 48 84 28.21
Ewing, TommyTommy Ewing 1969 1970 29 7 1 21 34 82 24.14
Shearer, BobbyBobby Shearer 1970 1971 38 7 7 24 50 96 18.42
Simpson, RonnieRonnie Simpson 1971 1972 31 5 8 18 33 70 16.13
Smith, EricEric Smith 1972 1978 195 84 49 62 304 239 43.08
McParland, DavieDavie McParland 1978 1982 168 67 36 65 255 249 39.88
Blackley, JohnJohn Blackley 1982 1983 27 7 10 10 34 72 25.93
Auld, BertieBertie Auld 1983 1984 23 5 8 10 24 30 21.74
Lambie, JohnJohn Lambie 1984 1988 211 82 52 77 281 295 38.86
Dempsey, JimJim Dempsey 1988 1989 34 7 7 20 25 57 20.59
McLaren, BillyBilly McLaren 1990 1992 88 39 24 25 126 96 44.32
Munro, IainIain Munro 1992 1996 164 64 38 62 219 206 39.02
Clark, SandySandy Clark 1996 1998 73 32 20 21 120 86 43.84
Miller, ColinColin Miller 1998 1999 33 3 8 22 22 63 9.10
Dawson, AllyAlly Dawson 1999 2002 103 45 31 27 160 109 43.69
Hillcoat, ChrisChris Hillcoat 2002 2003 36 12 11 13 43 48 33.33
Maitland, AllanAllan Maitland 2003 2005 72 30 19 23 105 83 41.67
Reid, BillyBilly Reid 2005 Present 106 59 25 23 167 108 62.54

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club History". Hamilton Accies FC. 2006-09-05. Archived from the original on 2007-08-24. Retrieved 2007-10-06.