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Clubs pay tribute after West Brom confirm death of former midfielder aged 55

A number of clubs today pay tribute after West Brom confirm the sad death of former midfielder Ian Hamilton aged just 55.

The news was announced on the West Bromwich Albion website with plans in place to have a moment of respect in memory of Hamilton.

He spent much of his career in the Football League between 1988 and 2002, having a four year stay with Scunthorpe United and six with West Brom as well as having shorter spells with the likes of Southampton, Cambridge United, Sheffield United, Grimsby Town, Notts County, Lincoln City and Woking.

West Brom wrote on Wednesday (6th September 2023): “West Bromwich Albion are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former player Ian Hamilton, aged 55.

“The Baggies midfielder made 282 appearances at The Hawthorns between 1992 and 1998, scoring 28 times. He played an important role in Albion’s promotion via the Play-Offs from Division Two in 1993, featuring in every league match that season.

“Hamilton began his career with Southampton, switching to Cambridge United in 1988 and then Scunthorpe United later that year. He amassed more than 140 games in an Iron shirt before his memorable six-year spell in the Black Country.

“He went on to turn out for Sheffield United, Grimsby Town, Notts County, Lincoln City and Woking after leaving the Baggies.

“Albion will pay tribute to Ian with a minute’s applause prior to kick-off in their next home fixture against Millwall on Saturday, September 23.

Everyone at the football club sends their heartfelt condolences to Ian’s family and friends at this desperately sad time.”

Notts County tweeted: “Very sad news about our former player, Ian Hamilton, who made 34 appearances for us at the beginning of the century. Our thoughts are with his loved ones πŸ–€”

Sheffield United said in their own statement: “Sheffield United is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former player Ian Hamilton, aged 55.

“Ian, who appeared for the Blades between 1998 and 2000, played 58 times for the club scoring four goals in all competitions.

“The midfielder began his professional career with Southampton before switching to Cambridge United in 1988. He moved to Scunthorpe soon after before embarking on a successful six-year stint with West Bromwich Albion.

“He was brought to Bramall Lane by Steve Thompson in March 1998 just before deadline day and his hard-working approach ensured he was a regular over his first 12 months with the club. His appearances became limited under Adrian Heath and Neil Warnock, and he was loaned to Grimsby in 1999.

“After departing Bramall Lane in 2000, he enjoyed spells at Notts County, Lincoln City and Woking.

“Everyone at Sheffield United would like to express our deepest condolences to Ian’s family at this sad time.”

HIS CAREER:

Youth
1982–1985 – Southampton

Senior
1985–1988 – Southampton
1988 – Cambridge United – 24 games (1 goal)
1988–1992 – Scunthorpe United – 145 games (18 goals)
1992–1998 – West Bromwich Albion – 240 games (23 goals)
1998–2000 – Sheffield United – 45 games (3 goals)
1999 β†’ Grimsby Town (loan) – 6 games (1 goal)
2000–2001 – Notts County – 34 games (0 goals)
2001–2002 – Lincoln City – 26 games (0 goals)
2002–2003 – Woking – 19 games (0 goals)
Total – 539 games (46 goals)

Fans joined EFL clubs to pay tribute after West Brom confirm the death of their former midfielder aged 55…

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