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; 143 years ago (1874)
Ground New Douglas Park, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
Ground Capacity 5,510[1]
Chairman Les Gray
Manager Martin Canning
League Scottish Premiership
2015–16 Scottish Premiership, 10th
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 Hamilton Academy. 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, 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 English club Wigan Athletic in the 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 2–0 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]


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 6,018 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.

Club records[edit]

Match records[edit]

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

Transfer records[edit]

  • Biggest transfer purchase: Tomas Cerny from Sigma Olomouc (July 2009; £180,000)[12]
  • Biggest transfer sale: James McCarthy to Wigan Athletic (July 2009; £1,200,000)[12]


Current squad[edit]

As of 23 May 2017[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 England GK Remi Matthews (on loan from Norwich City)
3 Greece DF Giannis Skondras
4 Scotland DF Michael Devlin (captain)
5 Scotland DF Martin Canning
6 Scotland MF Grant Gillespie
7 Scotland MF Dougie Imrie
8 Scotland MF Greg Docherty
9 Brazil FW Alexandre D'Acol
10 England MF Daniel Redmond
11 Scotland MF Ali Crawford
14 Cyprus DF Alex Gogić
15 England FW Rakish Bingham
16 Scotland MF Craig Watson
17 Scotland MF Louis Longridge
18 Scotland MF Darian MacKinnon
No. Position Player
19 Scotland GK Darren Jamieson
20 Scotland FW Eamonn Brophy
21 Italy MF Massimo Donati
22 Scotland MF Darren Lyon
23 Scotland DF Scott McMann
26 Scotland GK Alex Marshall
27 Scotland DF Shaun Want
28 Scotland FW Ross Cunningham
29 Scotland DF Jordan McGregor
30 Scotland MF Steven Boyd
31 Scotland FW Ryan Tierney
33 Scotland MF Ronan Hughes
34 England GK Gary Woods
37 Scotland MF David Templeton
89 Greece DF Georgios Sarris

Player of the Year[edit]

Year Winner
2004 Scotland Brian McPhee[14]
2009 Czech Republic Tomáš Černý[15]
2013 Scotland Ziggy Gordon[16]


The following is a list of the officially-appointed captains of the Hamilton Academical first-team.

Name Nation Years Notes Ref
Alex Neil  Scotland 2005–2014 Finished captaincy to become player-manager [17]
Martin Canning  Scotland 2014–2015 Finished captaincy to become player-manager [18]
Michael McGovern  Northern Ireland 2015–2016 [19]
Michael Devlin  Scotland 2016– [19]

Former players[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

As of 22 August 2016[20]
Role Name
Player-Manager Scotland Martin Canning
Assistant Manager France Guillaume Beuzelin
Goalkeeping Coach Scotland Brian Potter
Head of Youth Academy Scotland George Cairns
Equipment Manager Scotland Danny Cunning
Physiotherapist Scotland Megan Finlayson
Sports Scientist Scotland Kevin Symon
Performance Analyst Scotland Dominic Stewart




  1. ^ "Hamilton Academical Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  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. ^ "Alex Neil: Norwich City appoint Hamilton player-manager as boss". 9 January 2015 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  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 and Squad Number Update". Hamilton Academical F.C. 9 September 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  14. ^ Hamilton Academical official website – Forfar 0 Accies 4 15/05/04
  15. ^ Hamilton Academical official website – UCD 1 Accies 2
  16. ^ "@acciesfc Twitter Player of the Year". Hamilton Academical F.C. 6 May 2013. 
  17. ^ Ben Mouncer (9 January 2015). "PROFILE: NEW CANARIES BOSS ALEX NEIL". Norwich City F.C. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  18. ^ "Hamilton captain Martin Canning tells club's youngsters to use Premiership season as a springboard". Daily Record. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "Michael Devlin: 'I'm ready for captaincy at Hamilton Accies'". BBC Sport. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  20. ^ "First Team « Hamilton Academical Football Club". 
  21. ^ "Hamilton Academical: Martin Canning becomes new manager". 23 January 2015 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 

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