Sammy Hatton

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Sammy Hatton
Personal information
Full name Samuel Hatton
Place of birth Northern Ireland
Playing position Centre-half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
National team
1962 Northern Ireland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Sammy Hatton was a Northern Irish footballer who played in the Irish League as a centre-half with Linfield in the 1960s. He won two international caps for Northern Ireland. He also played for the Northern Ireland amateur team and earned one cap for the Irish League representative side.

He made his name with Ards, for whom he was the club's player of the year in 1960/61, after which he was signed by Linfield. In his first season at Windsor Park, he was part of Linfield's seven-trophy-winning team, playing 52 games and winning the League title, the Irish Cup, City Cup, Ulster Cup, Gold Cup, County Antrim Shield and North-South Cup. The following season, he won two international caps, being called into the Northern Ireland team to replace Terry Neill for 2-0 European Nations Cup victory against Poland in Katowice, and again for the Home International match that year against Scotland. That season also saw a second Irish Cup winner's medal; a competition which he won for a third time in his last season, 1969/70. He also won two further Irish League championships: in 1965/66 and 1968/69.

In 1967/68 he was named Ulster Footballer of the Year.[1]

In 1970, he was released by Linfield, but stayed on as a youth coach. From 1972-73 he coached the first team.


  1. ^ M. Brodie (ed.), Northern Ireland Soccer Yearbook 2009-2010, p. 102. Belfast:Ulster Tatler Publications

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