It is always a pleasure to welcome former players or relatives of former players to our Windsor Park home.
Today Linfield FC extended a warm welcome to Jim and William Hamill to Windsor Park. Bangor based Jim is the son of, and William the grand-son of Tommy Hamill who was a major player and leader of this club back in the 1950s.
Tommy Hamill was originally from Ligoniel and subsequently from Ottawa Street in the Woodvale area and as can be seen from the snapshot of his hugely successful playing career taken from the personal, handwritten records of the former chairman, the late David Crawford, Tommy Hamill enjoyed a long and distinguished playing career with Linfield throughout the 1950s.
His son and grandson enjoyed a trip down memory lane today, as they were special guests at a very different and much more modern Windsor Park to the one where their father and grand-father led Linfield to many trophy successes over 50 years ago.
Tommy "Bun" Hamill
(March 4, 1929 - March 28, 1996)
Linfield captain 1953-55
Testimonial year 1956-57
6 Irish League winners medals
(49/50, 53/54, 54/55, 55/56, 58/59, 60/61)
3 Irish Cup winners medals
(1950, 1953 and 1960)
4 City cup winners medals
(49/50, 51/52, 57/58 and 58/59)
5 Gold cup winners medals
(49/50, 50/51, 55/56, 57/58, 59/60)
3 Ulster cup winners medals
(55/56, 56/57 and 59/60)
Runners up medal 1953
6 County Antrim Shield winners medals
(48/49, 52/53, 54/55, 57/58, 58/59 and 60/61)
George Wilson cup medal with Linfield Swifts
Played in Europe twice
Both times v Gothenburg (Sweden) in 1959
Won 2-1 at Windsor Park - Jackie Milburn scored both
Lost 6-1 in Sweden - Tommy Dickson scored
4 appearances in 1961/62 Seven Trophy winning season
Final appearance in a 2-0 defeat away to Coleraine on March 31, 1962
Coach to Linfield Rangers 62/63
Linfield Debut in a 5-1 away win on 20 September 1947 v Ballymena
Played for the Irish League in 5-2 win v the English League in front of 25,000 at Windsor Park in 55/56 season
15 appearances for Irish League team against other Leagues (54-59)
Captain of Ireland B v Romania 1957
Reserve international 1957 Ireland v Wales
Linfield FC salutes the achievements of many players including Tommy Hamill down through the years. Their contributions to our successes have been immense. They have helped build this club up into the proud and wonderful institution that it has become.
Audaces Fortuna Juvat
Above - the ‘Look at Linfield’ obituary to Tommy Hamill in 1996
Above - William and Jim Hamill at Windsor Park today.
Above - Jim Hamill with images of two of his late father’s former team mates in the Linfield board room - Jackie Milburn and Tommy Dickson.
Tommy Hamill’s son Jim and Grand-son William in the Linfield board room today.