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Hamilton Academical Football Club
New Douglas Park
Cadzow Avenue
Hamilton
ML3 0FT | map
Lanarkshire
Tel: +44 (0) 1698 286103

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Hamilton Academicals F.C. was founded in 1874 by James Blacklock, the rector of Hamilton Academy. The history of football in the town is slightly confusing as there were a few teams that played football in Hamilton prior to the formation of the 'Accies'. The Hamilton Cricket and Football Club was founded in 1862, but there is no record of a football match until 1875. There was a Hamilton F.C. playing at the time the Academicals were founded and there are suggestions that some of the players crossed over to the 'Accies' at around this time. In 1875 the club was using the name 'Hamilton Academical Cricket and Football Club'; the cricket part was dropped in 1877. The team joined the Scottish FA in 1876 and competed in the Scottish Cup for the first time that year. Hamilton Academicals joined the Scottish Football League in 1897, after Renton were forced to resign from the league. The majority of the club's history has been spent in the second tier of Scottish football, with occasional brief spells in the divisions above and below. The Academicals have reached the Scottish Cup final twice, losing to Celtic in 1911 and Rangers in 1935.


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