Hamilton Academical F.C.
|Full name||Hamilton Academical Football Club|
|Ground||New Douglas Park, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire|
|2015–16||Scottish Premiership, 10th|
|Website||Club home page|
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.
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.
In the 1970s, Hamilton briefly resigned from the league due to mounting debts. 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. During this period the club went through financial hardships and unpaid players went on strike. 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. The club moved into its New Douglas Park stadium in 2001.
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.
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. 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
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. Neil left the club in January 2015, to take up a position at English club Norwich.
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.
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.
- Scottish First Division
- Scottish Second Division
- Runners-up (2): 1996–97, 2003–04
- Scottish Third Division
- Winners (1): 2000–01
- Scottish Cup
- Runners-up (2): 1910–11, 1934–35
- Scottish Challenge Cup
- Winners (2): 1991–92, 1992–93
- Runners-up (2): 2005–06, 2011–12
- Biggest transfer purchase: Tomas Cerny from Sigma Olomouc (July 2009; £180,000)
- Biggest transfer sale: James McCarthy to Wigan Athletic (July 2009; £1,200,000)
- As of 23 May 2017
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Player of the Year
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The following is a list of the officially-appointed captains of the Hamilton Academical first-team.
|Alex Neil||Scotland||2005–2014||Finished captaincy to become player-manager|||
|Martin Canning||Scotland||2014–2015||Finished captaincy to become player-manager|||
|Michael McGovern||Northern Ireland||2015–2016|||
- As of 22 August 2016
|Assistant Manager||Guillaume Beuzelin|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Brian Potter|
|Head of Youth Academy||George Cairns|
|Equipment Manager||Danny Cunning|
|Sports Scientist||Kevin Symon|
|Performance Analyst||Dominic Stewart|
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