Robert Hamilton (footballer)

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Robert Hamilton
Personal information
Full name Robert Cumming Hamilton
Date of birth (1877-05-13)13 May 1877
Place of birth Elgin, Scotland
Date of death 1948 (aged 70–71)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Elgin City
1896–1897 Queens Park
1897–1906 Rangers 164 (154)
1906–1907 Fulham 29 (11)
1907–1908 Rangers 11 (3)
National team
1899–1911 Scotland 11 (15)
1898–1904 Scottish League XI 7 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Robert Cumming Hamilton (13 May 1877 – 1948) was a Scottish international footballer, most notable for his ten season association with Rangers.

Playing career[edit]

Hamilton started his footballing career with local side Elgin City the Scottish Highland Football League. He moved to Queens Park in 1896, when he relocated to Glasgow to attend the University of Glasgow.[1] A year later he joined Rangers, where he remained until 1907, earning a reputation as a potent goal-scorer, particularly accurate from long range.[1]

Hamilton became Rangers all time top scorer against rivals Celtic during his time at Ibrox, and was the club's top goalscorer for nine consecutive seasons. He was top scorer, played every match and captained the team during the 1898–99 season, in which they won every match. He earned further League winners medals in 1899-00, 1900–01 and 1901–02 and was part of Rangers' Scottish Cup winning sides in 1898 and 1903.

Hamilton moved south of the border to join Fulham in May 1906, helping them to win the 1906–07 Southern League title,[1] before returning to Rangers a year later. He left the Glasgow club for a second time in 1908, briefly moving to Morton before joining Hearts. He joined Dundee during the 1909–10 season but was not part of the side which defeated Clyde to win the Scottish Cup, Dundee's first, that year.[1] He returned to first club Elgin City in 1913, where he finally retired.

International career[edit]

Hamilton won a total of 11 caps for Scotland between 1899 and 1911, scoring 15 goals, 4 of which came in Scotland's 11–0 win over Ireland in 1901, their biggest ever margin of victory. He was also selected seven times for the Scottish League representative side.[1]

International goals

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 25 March 1899 Celtic Park, Glasgow  Ireland 3–0 9–1 BHC
2 25 March 1899 Celtic Park, Glasgow  Ireland 7–1 9–1 BHC
3 8 April 1899 Villa Park, Birmingham  England 1–2 1–2 BHC
4 3 February 1900 Pittodrie, Aberdeen  Wales 4–0 5–2 BHC
5 23 February 1901 Celtic Park, Glasgow  Ireland 7–0 11–0 BHC
6 23 February 1901 Celtic Park, Glasgow  Ireland 8–0 11–0 BHC
7 23 February 1901 Celtic Park, Glasgow  Ireland 10–0 11–0 BHC
8 23 February 1901 Celtic Park, Glasgow  Ireland 11–0 11–0 BHC
9 30 March 1901 Crystal Palace, London  England 1–2 2–2 BHC
10 1 March 1902 Grosvenor Park, Belfast  Ireland 1–0 5–1 BHC
11 1 March 1902 Grosvenor Park, Belfast  Ireland 3–0 5–1 BHC
12 1 March 1902 Grosvenor Park, Belfast  Ireland 4–0 5–1 BHC
13 26 March 1904 Dalymount Park, Dublin  Ireland 1–0 1–1 BHC
14 6 March 1911 Ninian Park, Cardiff  Wales 1–1 2–2 BHC
15 6 March 1911 Ninian Park, Cardiff  Wales 2–2 2–2 BHC

Post football[edit]

After retiring from football he went into education and after graduating from the University of Glasgow, Hamilton became a school teacher then eventually master. He maintained an involvement in education throughout his life and eventually served upon the Moray and Nairn Education Board in the mid-1930s.[1] He was also involved in local politics, serving in the Elgin Town council between 1914 and 1937. For the last six years of this period he held the position of Town Provost.[1] Hamilton died in May 1948, aged 71. In the late 1950s/early 1960s he had a new road in a private housing estate at the north side of Elgin, overlooking the River Lossie, named after him, as Hamilton Drive, which still remains to-day.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Lamming, Douglas (1987). A Scottish Soccer Internationalists Who's Who, 1872–1986. Hutton Press. ISBN 0-907033-47-4. 

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