Hamilton Henry Image 1 Huddersfield Town 1910


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South Shields, County Durham born centre forward Henry Hamilton began his football career in north east junior football with Craghead United from where he was signed by First Division club Sheffield Wednesday in 1909, making his Football League debut against Bristol City in January 1910, the first of 7 appearances he made for Wednesday before the season end. In the 1910 close season he moved to newly elected Second Division club Huddersfield Town and he scored their first ever League goal in a 1-0 win at Bradford Park Avenue in their inaugural League fixture in early September 1910.

Hamilton scored 4 goals in a 5-1 FA Cup victory over South Kirkby Colliery in November but lost his place in January 1911 despite 15 goals in only 20 appearances which saw him finish the season as The Terriers’ joint leading goalscorer with Jimmy Richardson.

However his form attracted the attention of Southern League club Southampton’s new manager George Swift. Swift was Southampton’s first appointment as manager and promptly embarked on a spending spree, signing eleven players in six weeks. Hamilton was immediately drafted into the first team at centre forward, making his debut on 2nd September 1911 at home to Millwall. He found the net fairly regularly during his single season at The Dell, scoring nine goals in 23 League appearances, thus becoming top scorer for the 1911-12 season. He had problems settling in the south, however, and in March 1912 was suspended (along with Andrew Gibson) for a serious breach of club discipline, as a result of which he was placed on the transfer list.

Hamilton moved to Irish League football joining Belfast Celtic in the 1912 close season where he spent a year before returning to his native north east where he played out his career with North Eastern League club South Shields, his career ended by the onset of the First World War.

NB although Hamilton had already joined Southampton by the time this image was published it clearly shows him wearing a Huddersfield Town shirt.

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