17 December 2006

William Hamilton

Name: R. William J. Hamilton
Born: Belfast
Position: Inside-Forward

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1908).
Club Honours: (with Distillery) Irish League Champion 1902/03; Irish Cup Winner 1902/03, 1909/10; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1902/03, Runner-Up 1901/02, 1907/08; Belfast Charity Cup Runner-Up 1909/10.

Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Dundela
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(Intermediate League)
Distillery
01/02-04/05
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*
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Glentoran
05/06
c/s-1905
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#18/ 4
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Distillery
07/08-10/11
c/s-1907
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*151/27
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Belfast Celtic
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TOTALS
£-
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* total games/goals in both spells; # all games/goals

Biography:
William (universally known as 'Tar') Hamilton arrived in senior football with Distillery - via intermediate side, Dundela. He first appeared in the Distillery first eleven at the tail-end of the 1901/02 season, and was a regular in the inside-right position the following term as three trophies were won. Indeed Hamilton scored in both the 3-0 Irish Cup Final victory over Bohemians at Dalymount Park, and in the replayed 4-1 Co. Antrim Shield Final victory over Linfield.

In the 1905 close-season Hamilton moved to Glentoran. The club suffered one of their worst ever seasons, finishing rock-bottom of the Irish League, and tasting victory just four times in all competitions. It was a bad luck as much as anything that scuppered the Glens' campaign, Hamilton limping-off injured in the Co. Antrim Shield defeat by Cliftonville being just one instance of the team going down to ten men through injury.

A return to Distillery in 1907 brought Hamilton a change of luck, and he earned his only cap at inside-right in a 1-0 win over Wales in April 1908. In 1910 he won his second Irish Cup winner's medal, as Cliftonville were defeated 1-0 in the Final, before he left Grosvenor for Belfast Celtic at the end of the 1910/11 season.

Ireland Cap Details:
11-04-1908 Wales... A W 1-0 BC

Summary: 1/0. Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 0.

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