Tommy Hamilton

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Tommy Hamilton
Personal information
Full nameThomas Hamilton
Date of birth 1935 (age 8586)
Place of birth Bray, Ireland
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
1953–1955 Manchester United 0 (0)
1955–1962 Shamrock Rovers 137 (44)
1962–1965 Cork Hibernians 62 (14)
1965–1969 Limerick 70 (15)
National team
1959–1960 Republic of Ireland 2 (0)
1960 Republic of Ireland B 1 (2)
1955–1963 League of Ireland XI 28 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tommy Hamilton (born 1935 in Bray) is a former Irish footballer who played as a forward. He was educated at Synge Street CBS [1] in Dublin.


His first club was Manchester United whom he joined in 1953 where he began playing as an inside forward for the third team and reserves. Hamilton had played for Johnville F.C., where he was trained and scouted by Jem Kennedy who sent him to Manchester United. However, Hamilton was not prepared for being conscripted so he came home to sign for Shamrock Rovers in November 1955 [2] and made his debut against Waterford at Kilcohan Park on 6 November in a League of Ireland Shield match.

The following season he was the League's top scorer. [3]

Hamilton scored twice for Rovers in the European Champion Clubs' Cup. [4] After scoring at OGC Nice he was ruled out of the home leg due to tonsillitis. He played three times in Europe for the Hoops.

He won two caps for the Republic of Ireland making his debut in a 2–0 win over Czechoslovakia on 5 April 1959 in Ireland's first ever European Championship qualifier at Dalymount Park. His second and final cap was in the return game at Tehelne pole, Bratislava on 10 May. He also won one Republic of Ireland B national football team cap in 1960 scoring both goals in a 2–1 win over Iceland.

Tommy finished up scoring 44 League goals and 9 FAI Cup goals as well as his 2 European strikes. He represented the League of Ireland 20 times in his seven years at Milltown scoring once.

His last competitive game for the Hoops was the 1962 FAI Cup final in which he scored twice. This made up for being bizarrely dropped for the 1957 and 1958 finals.

He shared his benefit with Maxie McCann against Sunderland at Dalymount Park on 30 April 1962. [5] That match was Tommy Hamilton's last match for Rovers as he joined Cork Hibernians in a player-exchange deal that brought Jackie Mooney to Milltown.

The following week he won the Soccer Personality of the Year Award. [6]

Hamilton spent three season there before moving to Limerick F.C. where he made another Cup Final appearance losing to Rovers. This qualified Limerick for the 1965–66 European Cup Winners' Cup where Hamilton appeared.

He retired in January 1969. [7]


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  1. "When Busby's Babes came to Dalymount: 60 years on from when Shamrock Rovers clashed with the mighty Man United". Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  2. IT Archive Ref
  3. Top scorers list
  4. European Results Archived 29 April 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. IT Archive 2
  6. IT Archive 3
  7. IT Archive 4