Induct Robert Hamilton to the Scottish Football Hall of fame
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A place in the Scottish Football Hall of Fame is reserved only for those who have contributed exceptionally to the game in Scotland. One man who fits this description is Robert Cumming Hamilton.
Born in Elgin, Hamilton began his career in the Highland League, playing for his hometown club before moving south to Glasgow to play one season for Queen’s Park.
In 1897, Hamilton moved to Rangers where he spent the best part of the next decade. He finished every season as the club’s top goalscorer, scoring a total of 184 goals with 23 of these coming against local rivals Celtic. In addition to a keen eye for goal, Hamilton prove himself a natural leader – captaining the Rangers title winning side of 1898-99. This was a season in which Rangers won every single league fixture, a feat which has not been replicated to this day. During his time in Royal Blue, Hamilton lifted four Scottish league titles and two Scottish cups.
Although best remembered for his time at Ibrox, Hamilton played for Fulham, Hearts and Dundee before retiring to Elgin to take up a career in academia. This pursuit took him to the University of Glasgow, where a Rangers supporters club is named after him in tribute to his success.
Alongside his success at club level, Hamilton was a key player for the national side. He scored 15 goals in just 11 appearances, 4 of which came during Scotland’s record 11-0 win over Ireland in 1901.
The achievements of Robert Hamilton are nothing short of exceptional. Captaining a club side to victory in every game of a league season is a unique achievement in Scottish football and it is unlikely it will ever be matched and his impressive goal scoring contributions for both Rangers and the national side will be remembered for years to come. Hamilton is an all-time great of the Scottish game and his induction to the Scottish Football Hall of Fame is long overdue.
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