12th September 1940
Making around 150 league appearances for Bristol Rovers, Ian Hamilton played made a handful of appearances when on loan at Exeter City in 1967. He also played for Newport County.Ian Hamilton gained a Football League opportunity with Bristol Rovers whom he joined from his local club, Thornbury Town in January 1958. He soon won a first team place and scored 61 goals in 149 league outings. He, was however, hampered by knee injuries.
He moved to Exeter City on loan in October 1967 making his debut in a 1-0 defeat at Southend United. He hadn’t met his team mates prior to the game, travelling across from Bristol to link up with the side in London. Ian played in the next three matches against Luton Town, Workington and Doncaster Rovers respectively, netting in the latter game, which proved to be his last before returning to Rovers.
He was to join Newport County in July 1968, and stayed at Somerton Park for two seasons, during which time he scored twice in thirteen league games, all during 1968-69. After retiring from playing he worked as an air frame fitter for Rolls Royce in Bristol, retiring in 1994.
Ian died in a Bristol nursing home in April 2021.