McMeechan, Hammy

Birth Date

5th October 1941



Biographical Text

Scottish-born Hamilton 'Hammy' McMeechan was a professional for Exeter City during 1962/63 and appeared for the club in a League Cup game at Aldershot. Signing from Scottish junior club Ashfield, he later moved to Australia and represented his adopted country in international football.

A winger, he had been at Carlisle United when he arrived at St James' Park in 1962 from Glasgow club Ashfield. With City electing to field a weakened side in the League Cup that season, he made a solitary appearance in the first round of the competition soon after signing for the club. Thereafter he continued to make regular reserve team appearances. 

Released by City after just a season Hammy took up the offer of moving to Melbourne in 1963 where he appeared for Slavia and Croatia. He also represented Australia in seven full internationals. Briefly returning to Scotland in the mid-1960s he signed for Partick Thistle before heading back to Australia where he continued to play on a semi-professional basis for clubs in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney as well as in Japan.

Hammy died in Vermont near Melbourne in 2012.

[The programme for the Football League Cup tie at Aldershot on 5 September 1962 lists Hamilton as playing in what was otherwise a fully-correct line-up including debutants Bert Brown and Bob Davis. As such Hammy McMeechan would count alongside the other two debutants as having played for the club in the Football League Cup but not the league itself. Exeter City: A Complete Record (1990) lists John McMillan in the outside-left position for the game when ordinarily he was an outside-right for City].    







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