Ian Hamilton (footballer, born 1967)

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Ian Hamilton
Personal information
Full name Ian Richard Hamilton
Date of birth (1967-12-14) 14 December 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Stevenage, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1982–1985 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1988 Southampton 0 (0)
1988 Cambridge United 24 (1)
1988–1992 Scunthorpe United 145 (18)
1992–1998 West Bromwich Albion 240 (23)
1998–2000 Sheffield United 45 (3)
1999 Grimsby Town (loan) 6 (1)
2000–2001 Notts County 34 (0)
2001–2002 Lincoln City 26 (0)
2002–2003 Woking 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ian Richard Hamilton (born 14 December 1967)[1] is an English former professional footballer who played in the Football League as a midfielder between 1988 and 2002.[2] Hamilton notably played for West Bromwich Albion and Scunthorpe United as well as having spells with Southampton, Cambridge United, Sheffield United, Grimsby Town, Notts County, Lincoln City and Woking.


Stevenage-born Hamilton started his career off with Southampton, joining "The Saints" as an associate schoolboy in January 1982. He signed as an apprentice in July 1984, before signing his first professional contract on his 18th birthday in December 1985. He remained at The Dell for a further two years, playing in the reserves but failing to break into the first team,[3] before a free transfer to Cambridge United in March 1988. He remained with the club until December of that year when he made a move to Scunthorpe United on a free transfer.[4]

He spent the next four years playing for "The Iron", and eventually his performances earned him a move to West Bromwich Albion in 1992 for £160,000.[5][6] While with "The Baggies", Hamilton played under manager Alan Buckley.

In 1998 Albion sold Hamilton to Sheffield United for £325,000 and he would remain at Bramall Lane for the next two seasons. While at United, he was re-signed by Alan Buckley at fellow First division side Grimsby Town. Hamilton played six times for "The Mariners", scoring once in his one-month loan spell.[4]

At the end of the 1999–00 campaign, following his release from United, Hamilton signed for Notts County on a two-year deal. However, in November 2001 he was signed by Buckley for a third time, this time at Lincoln City.[7] He scored his first and what turned out to be only goal for Lincoln against Leyton Orient in the FA Cup.[8] He was part of the squad that was nearly relegated out of the Football League. With the club in financial difficulties, and Hamilton not being part of new manager Keith Alexander's plans, he agreed a severance package in October 2002,[9] and played out the 2002–03 campaign for Conference side Woking before retiring at the end of the season.[10]

After retirement as a footballer he worked as an IT business development manager.[11]


  1. ^ "Ian Hamilton (2001/2)". The Lincoln City FC Archive. Lincoln City F.C. Retrieved 9 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Ian Hamilton". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology Publishing. p. 612. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X. 
  4. ^ a b "Ian Hamilton All time playing career". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Lincoln City v Scunthorpe United". Scunthorpe United F.C. 28 December 2001. Retrieved 9 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Ian Hamilton West Bromwich Albion FC". Football Heroes. Sporting Heroes Collections. Retrieved 9 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Hamilton move completed". Notts County F.C. 9 November 2001. Retrieved 9 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "Leyton Orient 2–1 Lincoln". BBC. 6 December 2001. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Bradley, Rob (18 October 2002). "Hamilton Severance Deal Completed". Lincoln City F.C. Retrieved 9 October 2009. 
  10. ^ Youlton, Clive (24 October 2002). "Cockerill carries FA Cup hopes". GetSurrey. S&B Media. Retrieved 9 October 2009. 
  11. ^ Bevan, Chris (15 February 2008). "Were you there...?". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 October 2009. 

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