Ian Richard Hamilton (14 December 1967 – September 2023) was an English professional footballer known for his career in the Football League. He was a skilled midfielder who graced the pitches of various clubs during his time in the sport.
Hamilton was born in Stevenage, England, and his football journey began with Southampton. In January 1982, he joined “The Saints” as an associate schoolboy, eventually signing as an apprentice in July 1984. On his 18th birthday in December 1985, he inked his first professional contract with the club. However, despite playing for their reserves, he couldn’t break into the first team. In March 1988, he made a free transfer move to Cambridge United.
His time at Cambridge United lasted until December of that year, when he joined Scunthorpe United on another free transfer. Over the next four years, Hamilton became a vital part of “The Iron.”
In 1992, his talents earned him a move to West Bromwich Albion for a transfer fee of £160,000. During his stint with “The Baggies,” Hamilton played under the guidance of manager Alan Buckley.
In 1998, Albion transferred Hamilton to Sheffield United for a fee of £325,000, and he stayed with them for the next two seasons. While at Sheffield United, he was loaned to Grimsby Town, a fellow First Division side. During his brief one-month spell with “The Mariners,” Hamilton made six appearances and scored a goal.
At the end of the 1999–00 season, Hamilton joined Notts County on a two-year deal after his release from Sheffield United. However, in November 2001, Alan Buckley signed him for the third time, this time at Lincoln City. He scored his first and only goal for Lincoln against Leyton Orient in the FA Cup. Unfortunately, his time with the club coincided with financial troubles and a change in management under Keith Alexander. As a result, Hamilton agreed to a severance package in October 2002, and he concluded his professional career by playing the 2002–03 season for Conference side Woking before retiring.
Following his retirement from professional football, Hamilton ventured into a career as an IT business development manager.
On 6 September 2023, the West Bromwich Albion website announced the passing of Ian Richard Hamilton. His legacy as a talented footballer and his contributions to the sport will be remembered by fans and the football community alike.