David Hamilton

Defender

David was born in South Shields on November 7 1960. He lives in Blackburn with wife Rita and has two sons Kiel and Jordan and one three-year-old grandson, Noah.

David had an illustrious career as a player, mainly in midfield and defence, playing a total of 272 games and scoring 14 goals in a 14-year career that took in Sunderland, Blackburn Rovers, Cardiff City, Wigan Athletic, Chester and Burnley.

He captained England Under-19s to the final of the European Under-19 Championships in 1978 when Brian Clough and Peter Taylor were the coaches. Hamilton states that he had a good working relationship with Mr Clough!

A keen cricket fan and former player, he was taken on by his local county team Durham as a youngster and was also asked to go down to Surrey – but as the man himself says: “Football has always been my first love. I was just starting my apprenticeship at Sunderland at the time so I could hardly go asking them for time off to go playing cricket in Surrey could I?”

After his playing career ended David had spells coaching and scouting for a number of clubs, among them Ipswich, Wigan and Derby County.

He has also been involved in local non-league football in and around the Blackburn area, but in more recent times he has returned to the playing field as player/manager of the Vintage Clarets football team and helped lead them to success in the European Veterans Tournament in Hamm, Germany on Sunday 24 May 2015 after an extremely successful two-day competition that saw them emerge unbeaten in the four group and knockout games they played.

A jovial character, “Hammy” as he is affectionately referred to by team-mates and friends, is always at the heart of things on and off the pitch and can always be relied on to bring a smile to your face or give you a word of knowledgable advice about topics sporting or otherwise. A real father-figure.

He now works as a limousine driver, chauffeuring people to and from their desired destinations at all hours of the day and night. Indeed, when I last spoke to him he informed me that his first job that day had been at 2.30am. Always a worker on the pitch, David obviously still has that boundless energy and a great zest for life.

He still enjoys watching cricket and recently attended the England v New Zealand Test match at Headingley, Leeds.

David Hamilton