Club History

The Club was founded by the rector of Hamilton Academy, James Blacklock sometime in 1874, as yet, the actual date has not been established.

The first record of a football team in Hamilton was when Hamilton Thistle Cricket and Football Club was formed in 1862. It was to be another thirteen years before a football match was recorded, on 27th November 1875 when a Captains side met the Vice Captains selection. In 1897 a 13 man committee was elected. The Football Captain was G. Watson while R. Smellie was named as Secretary. The SFA Handbook for 1897-80 gives Robert Smellie, Ramage Buildings as Match Secretary of Hamilton Academicals.

Football was played in the town in 1869 by a team called Hamilton Gymnasium who met Queen’s Park on 29th May of that year in Hamilton, at the Recreation Grounds and lost 4-0. Seven months later the two sides met again in a return match and the Glasgow club were again successful, this time by 2-0. A year later they met on another two occasions with Queen’s Park again being the victors. The last mention found of the Gymnasium club was in April 1872.

Prior to James Blacklock’s vision yet another club were playing in the burgh, Hamilton Football Club. Scottish Cup records show that Hamilton were drawn away against a club calling themselves, Rovers and the local side withdrew from the competition. This was in season 1874-75. The following season Hamilton again entered and this time received a home tie against Airdrie, not the current club, and they went on to the next round after winning 1-0. On November 13th 1875 they lost 3-0 away to Levern, probably a Glasgow eleven. The next year’s games saw both Hamilton FC and Hamilton Academicals participate, the former getting as far as the fourth round only to lose to Lancefield by 2-0.

There has been speculation the players and officials of Hamilton FC joined the new club sometime in 1874 as a few of the names under the old club reappear when the Academicals come on the scene.

The following information gives a picture of the history of the club as it has progressed through the past one hundred and twenty eight years, thus being one of Scotland’s oldest clubs. It should be noted that the club name was originally Hamilton Academical and as time wore on it changed to Academicals and therefore they were known as the Acas. In recent years the “s” has been dropped and also Acas has become Accies.  Hence the reason for the differences in the text.

12th December 1874
The first recorded game played by the club when a match was arranged against the Second XI of Hamilton FC. John Kerr scored the goal in a 2-1 defeat.

16th January 1875.
Match played against 23rd Renfrewshire Rifle Volunteers at South Avenue.

24th February 1875
The AGM of Hamilton Academical Cricket and Football Club was held.
President; William J. Halley; Vice President: Robert Wilson, Captain: John Kerr, Vice Captain: Robert Millar, Joint Secretaries: Alex McIntosh and W. R. Patrick, Treasurer: Alex Cromar. Five Directors were also appointed.

17th April 1875
Met Hamilton F. C. again, this time at home in a 0-0 draw.

11th September 1875
2nd XI beat St Andrews(Glasgow) 2nd XI 1-0 at Clydesdale Street.

25th September 1875
In a game against Carrington away no goals were scored by either side. Accies were represented by R. Wilson; J. Torrance; K. Sage; C. Mackie; G. Smith; J. McLay; W. McGhie; A. Cassels; J. Lightbody and A. Ross. Therefore they were a man short.

18th November 1875.
The first XI met Third Lanark at Cathkin Park while the Second XI had Third Lanark Reserves as their opponents at South Haugh with a 4pm kick-off.

18th December1875.
The first XI met Thistle at home and won 6-0. The side was; Brown; A. Cassels and K. Sage; W. Torrance and C. Mackie; A. Ross; J. McLay; M. Mitchell; J. Lightbody (capt); D. Ferguson and A. McIntosh.
The scorers were; McLay 2, Ferguson 2, Mitchell and Lightbody. This was the visitors first ever fixture. Four days later the reserve sides met also at Hamilton in a 2-2 game. J. Wilson scored both home goals.

22nd January 1876.
Drew 0-0 with Parkgrove at Kinning Park.

19th February 1876.
Lost 3-0 to Blantyre Thornhill at home while the 2nd XI won 5-1 away to 1st Victoria, the goals coming from J. Wilson, Brand 3, and Murray.

26th February 1876.
The reserve side met 1st St Johnstone at home. No note of outcome of match.

March 1876
AGM.
David N. Cross, 32, Brandon Street, Hamilton was appointed as Secretary.

9th September 1876.
The Hamilton Advertiser reported that the club had been admitted to the Scottish Football Association.

14th October1876.
Lost by 3-0 to Barrhead in first ever Scottish Cup tie.  Played at Bent Farm. Some reports gave the score as 4-0.

21st October 1876
Won away against Thornhill by 4-0. They were from Blantyre.

28th October 1876
Defeated Shotts 3-0. No further details.

11th November 1876.
Won 7-0 versus Hamilton Thistle at South Avenue. Admission 3d (just over 1p). Ladies free.
Club Secretary is J. T. Torrance.

18th November 1876
Drew with Busby in the Scottish Cup. 0-0, Accies team was; W. Tait; J. Cassels and A. Gordon; T. Torrance; Laidlaw and T. Cassels; J. B. McIntosh; P. Bryson; John L. Kerr; A. H. Hinds and R. Bell.

14th April 1877.
Met Queen’s Park at South Avenue and lost 3-0.
 R. Parlane; J. Cassels and J. Gordon; T. Torrance and A. Laidlaw; T. Cassels; A. H. Hinds; J. Kerr; J. B. McIntosh; R. Miller and J. McLay.

21st April 1877.
A match took place against Stonelaw of Rutherglen for the benefit of The West of Scotland Home for the Incurables.

25th April 1877
GENERAL MEETING OF HAMILTON ACADEMICAL FOOTBALL CLUB
President: W. J. Halley; Vice President: Rodger Allan; Captain: Alex Brown; Vice Captain; David Blaney; Minute Secretary: John Halley; Secy/Treas; Gavin Frame; Directors; Andrew Mitchell, James Lightbody, Thomas Miller, John Miller, George Smith and William McGhee. Patron: James Blacklock.
The word “Cricket” was dropped from the club’s title.

October 1877.
Defeated Hamilton Thistle 7-0 at the opening of their new ground in Tuphall Road.

6th March 1878
A.G.M.. John Miller, Secretary.

23rd November 1878
A visit was made to Edinburgh to meet Heart of Midlothian, “the crack team of the east”.  Acas  won 2-1.

August 1879
Acas drew 2-2 with Heart of Midlothian at South Avenue.

September 1879
In the return game played at Powderhall it ended 1-1.

17th November 1879
At a meeting held in Coatbridge, the Lanarkshire Football Association was formed. 16 clubs were represented.
Votes were taken and this resulted as follows; Clarkston 26, Drumpellier 25, Stonelaw 21, Acas 21, Shotts 14, Glengowan 12 and Cambuslang 12. J.N.Stewart of Drumpellier was appointed as Interim Secretary.

The other clubs present were: Lindon, Upper Clydesdale, Clydebank, Airdrie, Plains Bluebell, Bellshill, Shettleston,  Daisy (Bellshill) and Airdrie Excelsior.

27th December 1879
Accies played their first ever Lanarkshire Cup tie against Glassford at South Avenue. There was no report of the outcome in any of the local papers, however, a month later Stonelaw were visitors in the next round.

May 1880
The Final of the Lanarkshire Cup Final was played. Some reports quote the Final between Stonelaw and Shotts with the former victorious by 2-0. The Hamilton Advertiser, however, carries a note of the Final between Stonelaw and Accies, played at South Avenue.
No further information other than the following,

“FOOTBALL ACCIDENT-At the match in the Lanarkshire Cup Final on Saturday, about half-time, a sad accident occurred to one of the players in the Hamilton club, named Alexander Brown, plumber, residing with his mother in Baillie’s Causeway, whereby he got his leg badly broken by coming into contact with one of the Stonelaw players. Their legs got plaited in each other, and thus caused the accident to Brown.”

22nd April 1880
The A.G.M. took place. Robert Smellie, Ramage Buildings, Hamilton may have been Match Secretary.

18th March 1881
Annual Festival of Hamilton Academicals Football and Athletic Club.

Hugh Miller, M.A., Chairman, John Dunn, Captain 1st XI.

23rd April 1881
Rangers (Shields XI) were the visitors.

19th November 1881
The first ever match between Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire took place at South Haugh. At half time it was 1-1. In the second the home side scored another six times while the visitors managed a single. The home goals came from: Goldie 3, Paton 2, Crozier and McLay.

24th January 1882   
A General Meeting was called at Gibson’s Halls, Church Street at 8pm.

A full attendance was requested as Business of Importance was being discussed.

25th March 1882
For the first time in their history Acas won the Lanarkshire Cup when the following players were successful in a 3-2 win against Cambuslang. G. Moffat; W. Reid; A. Loudon; J. Lorimer; J. Queen; A.Lightbody (capt); T. Downie; R.Smellie; Wilson; O. Cunningham and Goldie.

The attendance was reported as 2,000.

Lanarkshire Cup Winners
Back Row; T.Downie; A.Loudon; G.Moffat; J.Torrance (Director); Wilson, Goldie and W.Reid.
Middle Row; Millar (Director); J.Lorimer; O.Cunningham; J.Queen and Dunn (Director).
Front ; R.Smellie and A.Lightbody.

10th April 1882
The A.G.M. of Hamilton Academical Athletic and Football Club took place in Gibson’s Hall. The following office bearers were appointed for the ensuing year.

President: Simon Kemp, Captain (1st XI):John Queen; Vice Captain: Alexander Loudon: Captain (2ndXI): George Douglas; Captain (3rdXI): Alexander Binning: Match Secretary: Robert Smellie, Allan Place: Minute Secretary: John Ross: Treasurer: James Torrance. Directors: Arthur Lightbody: James Wilson Jr., George Brown and William Henshilwood.

16th September 1882
When Acas met Cambuslang in the First Round of the Scottish Cup at home they were trounced 5-0. The Hamilton choice was; G. Moffat; Gray; Ross; S.Barclay; S.Lorimer; F. Queen; O. Cunningham; T. Downie; A. Lightbody; R. Smellie and Goldie, almost the same eleven which had won the Lanarkshire Cup a few months earlier.

18th September 1882
The Half Yearly General Meeting of the club took place in Gibson’s Hall.

23rd September 1882
The Lanarkshire Cup tie against Drumpellier was postponed.

5th February 1883
A General Meeting to be held in the Mason’s Hall at 8pm.

10th February 1883
John Ross is Club Secretary.

9th March 1883
The Annual Ball was held. The Committee had decided not to hold a soiree and concert. Nearly a hundred young ladies and gentlemen turned out and dancing was kept up until an early hour. Mr J.Muir’s quadrille supplied the music and Mr G. Smith acted as MC.

26th March 1883
Annual General Meeting held in the British Workman’s  Public House at 3 o’clock.

12th May 1883
The First eleven met Cambuslang at South Avenue and lost 2-0 while at Cambuslang the 2nd Elevens met. At half time the visitors were 2-0 up. Soon it was 3-0. The home side then rallied and scored twice. With ten minutes to go there was a dispute and Acas left the field and claimed the match.

11th and 18th August 1883
The first Amateur Sports and Football Tournament was run. The event was held at South Avenue and commenced at 3pm. Admission was 6d and an additional 6d for a reserved place. John Waddell, 23, Allan Place, Hamilton, was the person to contact in order to enter. It cost 1/- for the sports entries and 2/6 for the 4 a side football teams. Amongst the early entries were Queen’s Park, Rangers and Third Lanark each with two teams, Royal Albert, Cowlairs, Cambuslang, Crosshill and Granton. The final was won by Rangers No 2 when they defeated Thornliebank by 2 goals and 1 touch to1 goal. The crowd on both Saturdays was reported as very good with excellent weather. The half mile scratch race for members of Lanarkshire clubs was won by John Queen of Acas with team mate Robert White in 3rd place.

24th September 1883
The Half Yearly General Meeting was held in the British Workman’s Public House at 8pm. No details.

8th October 1883
A Special General Meeting called at the above venue at 8.15pm. Again no details.

1st January 1884
Acas travelled to Belfast where they defeated Queen’s Island on their ground, Ashfield, by 2-0. The scorers were McPhee and Barclay.

14th January 1884
A large attendance was requested for a Special General Meeting to held at 8.30pm in the club’s reading room in Cadzow Buildings. The business was to discuss the Annual Festival.

11th March 1884
The AGM was held in the British Workman’s Public House at 8.30pm. No further details.

31st March 1884
A Special Meeting was held at the above venue at 8pm.

5th April 1884
A new ground was opened at South Haugh with Cowlairs as the visitors. The kick-off was at 4.30pm.

12th April 1884
When Heart of Midlothian were the visitors, the game was played at South Haugh with the entrance via Smithycroft only.

5th and 12th July 1884
The Second Annual Amateur Athletic Sports Meeting was held. Entries to R. Smellie, 23, Allan Place, Hamilton. For the Place Kick competition it was 1/- (5p) per entry while for the Football it was 2/6 per team. Admission was 6d and members had to show their ticket.

30th August 1884
The opening fixture of the new season was against Cambuslang who were the Lanarkshire Cup holders. Acas won 3-2. Price of admission had gone up from 3d to 4d. Ladies were still admitted free of charge.

22nd September 1884
The Half Yearly Meeting was held in the British Workman’s Public House at 8pm.

11th October 1884
Acas entertained Queen’s Park 2nd XI and won 5-1 and had 2 goals chalked off.
The visitors played with 9 men while Acas had 10. The attendance was reported as 100.

25th October 1884
For the Scottish Cup tie at Cambuslang there was a notice in the Hamilton Advertiser to say that Mr Wallace would be running brakes from the New Cross to the match leaving at 2.45pm sharp. Return fare was 1/-.

22nd November 1884
Local rivals, Hamilton Thistle were visitors in the First Round of the Lanarkshire Cup.

13th December 1884
Alpha, from Motherwell, came to play Accies in the next round of the Lanarkshire Cup and triumphed by 5 goals to 2.

13th January 1885
At a meeting of the Lanarkshire Football Association held at Coatbridge with Mr L. Dyer in the chair, protests from the Second Round of the Lanarkshire Challenge Cup by Acas and Airdrie*, were dismissed. *Not Airdrieonians.

17th January 1885
The Third XI met Wellpark at South Haugh. The visitors were said to be the Scottish Junior Cup Runners up. Kick off was at 3pm. Admission 3d.

31st January 1885
Clyde were the visitors in a Friendly. No details of outcome.

14th February 1885
Ardoch, a Glasgow club were defeated 4-0 at Hamilton.

23rd February 1885
The Hamilton Advertiser reported that the Annual Assembly of the club held on that date was a great success. The grand march, in which between 30 and 40 couples took part was led off just before 11pm. It was the early hours of the morning when the company dispersed. Mr John Queen made an efficient MC, while the music, which was supplied by Mr Bain’s band (6 in number), was a long way in advance of anything yet secured.

9th March 1885
The AGM took place in Gibson’s Halls at 8.30pm.
Mr A. Lightbody was in the chair. The secretary and treasurer’s reports were read and unanimously approved, showing the club to be in a good financial position.
The following office bearers were elected for the ensuing season; President, A. Hamilton, Esq., Motherwell; vice president, Mr Jas. Wilson; captain 1st eleven, Jno. Queen; vice captain, Jas. Downs; captain 2nd eleven, Jno. McGhie; captain 3rd eleven, Thos. Weir; match secretary, Wm. Prentice; financial secretary, R.White; treasurer, Alex. Binning. Committee---Thos. Hamilton, Robt. McGhie, Andw. Bain and Jas. Wilson. This being all the business a vote of thanks was accorded to the retiring office-bearers and to the chairman for presiding, which terminated the meeting.

Patrons of the club will be glad to learn that they have been successful in the securing the South Avenue for this season, the scene of many a well contested game.

21st March 1885
New ground is opened at South Avenue with St Bernard’s as the visitors.

6th April 1885
A Special Meeting was called for in Gibson’s Halls at 8pm. Business--Re-consideration of the Sports Question.
                   
13th April 1885
A Special General Meeting at 8.30pm. Notice in pavilion.

18th April 1885
A “rather rough match” took place at South Avenue between Acas and Royal Albert which the visitors won by 1-0. Acas   had 2 goals disallowed by the referee, a Larkhall man!
The attendance was 600.

25th April 1885
South Avenue was the venue for the Lanarkshire Challenge Cup Final between Cambuslang and West Benhar. Kick off was at 4.30pm. Admission was 6d. Acas members must show their cards. The match was drawn.
2nd May 1885
Accies entertained Third Lanark at South Avenue.

9th May 1885
The replay of the above match ended in a win for Cambuslang by 5-3. A large crowd was in attendance.

13th and 20th June 1885
The 3rd Annual Club Sports Meeting took place over these weekends.

25th July 1885
At a meeting in Rodger’s Hall, Hamilton, with Robert Smellie of Acas acting as Chairman, representatives of the county junior clubs met to form an association. The name was agreed as Lanarkshire Junior Football Association. The entry fee was set at 7/6 per team per annum. Officials were the elected and Robert Smellie was duly elected as Chairman and J. Bryden also from Acas was a Committee Member. Hamilton Academical Avenue XI were one of the founder clubs. This was in effect the reserve side.

4th August 1885
The Half Yearly Meeting took place in the British Workmen’s Public House at 8pm. R.W.. the Hon. Secretary.

8th August 1885
Acas (Avenue X1) met Newmains and defeated them 6-3. Acas lined up; R.Smellie; T.Prentice and J.McIntyre; T.Johnstone; D.Curran; T.McKendrick; J.Hill; J.Bryden; J.McGhie and W.McGhie.
No record of the other member of the side. It was in fact a Junior eleven.

22nd August 1885
The draw for the Lanarkshire Junior Cup was made in Cameron’s Hall, Hamilton. The Avenue XI were drawn away to Blairhill Juniors. There were 17 teams in the draw.

5th September 1885
A home match, with a kick-off at 4.30pm,  was played against Alpha. The visitors won 8-0.

12th September 1885
The First Round of the Scottish Cup was played. Accies were paired with West Benhar at South Avenue. The visitors scratched from the competition, allowing Accies a walk over.

3rd October 1885
Scottish Cup Second Round. Accies scratched to Cambuslang.

19th October 1885
A Special Meeting was held in Rankin’s Hall, Townhead Street with Mr A.Lightbody in the chair. The meeting was called to consider what steps should be taken towards keeping up the club, the office-bearers and committee having resigned. It was decided by a large majority to carry on the club and arrange a new fixture card.
The following were elected as office-bearers:- President; Robert White; Vice President, George Scott; Captain, James Rankin; Match Secretary, James Bryden; Financial Secretary, John McGhie; Treasurer, Thomas Weir; Committee, Messrs Reid, Lawrie, Chalmers and McGhie.

The team that will now do duty for the club will, for the most part, be composed of young and promising players, and it is hoped that the football public will, as heretofore, turn out in goodly numbers and give the young team a chance to regain the lost laurels of the club.

24th October 1885
The Avenue XI met Burnbank Swifts at Burnbank School Park in the 2nd Round of the Lanarkshire Junior Cup and were beaten 5-1.

28th November 1885
Chryston were the visitors in a Replay of a First Round tie in the Lanarkshire Cup and were defeated 11-1. No other details. This remains Acas highest ever win.

13th December 1885.
In the next round Acas opponents were Alpha who were to change their name to Motherwell.

17th December 1885.
The reserve side met Hamilton West End reserves at West End Park which was sited where the County Buildings car park is in Beckford Street.

11th January 1886
A Special Meeting was arranged at Rankin’s Hall at 8pm. Business-Annual Ball.

5th February 1886
The Annual Assembly took place in the Town Hall. Between 30 and 40 couples were present. The music was supplied by Mr Bain’s famed band. Refreshments were served in the Lesser Hall in good style by Mr H. Scott.
25th February 1886
AGM held. No details.

8th March 1886
Special General Meeting held.

3rd April 1886
The Final of the Lanarkshire Cup was played at South Avenue between Airdrie and Cambuslang in front of a crowd said to number 4,000. With Airdrie 3-1 ahead, the was abandoned as the crowd began to encroach onto the field.

14th April 1886
The following players appeared for Acas at home to Parkside. Robertson; J.Queen; W.Reid; Brown; Craig; J.McGhie; J.Reid; J.Bryden; Sommerville; Hastie and J.Hill.

14th June 1886
A Special General Meeting was convened in Baird’s Hall at 9pm. Business- Annual Sports.

12th October 1886
Half Yearly Meeting held in Rankin’s Hall at 8pm. A large attendance had been requested.

21st October 1886
A scratch team played aagainst Hamilton Barncluith Strollers and lost 3-1 away.

24th October 1886
At the committee meeting of the Lanarkshire FA held in Coatbridge the Second Round draw was made; Albion Rovers v Motherwell, Cambuslang v Clydesdale, Shettleston v Drumpellier, Dykehead v Wishaw Swifts, Cambuslang Hibernian v Rutherglen. Byes; Airdrieonians, Hamilton Academicals and Carfin Shamrock. The ties to played on 20th November.
The draw for the 2nd Eleven Cup ties resulted as follows; Plains v Drumpellier, Gartsherrie v Airdriehill, Albion Rovers v Motherwell, Airdrieonians v Carfin Shamrock, Broomfield v Royal Albert, Monkland Thistle v Cambuslang, Hamilton Academicals v Tollcross, Airdrie v Shettleston.
 Games to played on 27th November.

20th November 1886
A Public Notice appeared in the local press to the effect that Acas were to meet Airdireonians in the 3rd Round of the Lanarkshire Cup, despite the fact that 2nd Round ties were due to be played on the same day. No report of the said match appeared the following week.

4th December 1886
The match report of the West Calder v Acas game of 27th November was taken from the Hamilton Advertiser, “The friendly fixture was played at the ground of West Calder last Saturday, when the Hamiltonians were worsted to the tune of 5 goals to 2”.

17th January 1887
A Special General Meeting held in Rankin’s Hall at 8pm. Business; Annual Festival.

14th February 1887
The election of officials resulted as follows; President; Mr Robert White; Vice President; A.Lightbody; Ist XI Captain; James Bryden; Vice Captain; J.Hill; 2ndXI Captain; Robert Watson; 3rd XI Captain; W. Robertson; Match Secretary; W.Prentice, Portland Place; Minute Secretary; John Henry; Treasurers; A.McIntyre and N.Hetherington; Committee; Messrs J.Lawrie, J.McGeechan, A.Robertson and J.Watson. Match Committee; J.Bryden, J.Hill and T.Johnstone.

14th March 1887
At the meeting held in Coatbridge of the Lanarkshire FA, Robert White was unanimously elected as President of the Association following the resignation the previous week of his predecessor, Mr Park of Cambuslang.

18th April 1887
A Special meeting was held in Rankin’s Hall at 8pm to arrange the forthcoming Sports Meeting.

13th June 1887
A Special General Meeting was convened in the Pavilion at 8pm.

23rd July 1887
Acas played host to Wishaw Hibernians at N.B.Park in Windmill Road.

6th August 1887
Sports Meeting held. Admission 6d. Music provided by the Coltness Brass Band with their conductor, W. Chambers. Football sides had to pay 2/6 while all other entries were 1/-. Payable to Club Secretary, W. Prenrice, 68, Portland Park, Hamilton.

12th September 1887
The Half Yearly General Meeting took place in Rankin’s Hall.

20th September 1887.
Acas won 2-0 in the Scottish Cup First Round at home to Glengowan. The next round saw them at home to Upper Clydesdale and again they were successful by 3-0. Yet another home tie brought them Excelsior (later to become Airdrieonians) and the home side scored 7 for the loss of 1.

12th December 1887
A Special General Meeting took place in the Victoria Halls.

3rd January 1888
The Annual Festival took place.

16th January 1888
A Special General Meeting was called at 8pm in the Victoria Halls.
Business; Field Arrangements.

13th February 1888
The AGM took place in the Victoria Halls at 8pm. The following officials were elected;
President; Robert White; Vice President; Alexander Stewart; Captain 1st XI; James Allan; Captain 2nd XI; W.Kerr; Captain 3rd XI; W.Robertson; Match Secretary; William Prentice; Minute Secretary; John Henry; Treasurer; A.McIntyre; Joint Treasurer; J.Lawrie; Committee; W.McGhie, W.Smith, W.Craig and T.Davidson. Match Committee; T.Davidson, W.Cunningham, W.Smith, A.Robertson and W.Craig.
The Treasurers report was satisfactory.

23rd February 1888
The Hamilton Advertiser carried a notice to say that Acas would be playing against Drumpellier on the South Haugh on 25th February and at the same time a 5 mile handicap race would be taking place on the Haugh.

3rd March 1888
In the Lanarkshire Cup, Motherwell were defeated 2-1 at Hamilton by this Acas selection; Russell; R.Purdie and J.Queen; T.Johnstone; J.Broadley; J.McGhie; W.Wilson; J.Twaddle; W.Scott; J.Bryden and Forsyth.
It was reported that the rope round the field was cut, it was suggested that a wire one be purchased.

March 1888
A report appeared in the local press as follows;
“A rather peculiar incident happened at Hamilton. The Match Secretary, who has acted in that capacity for several seasons, was made the recipient of a marriage present, which was of such a shabby nature that he gave it back, and resigned his post and his membership.

30th May 1888
The opening of Douglas Park. Acas met an eleven from Glasgow University. The kick off was at 7.15pm. Admission was 3d, ladies were admitted free of charge. To date no further details have been found.

25th-27th August 1888
Some time between these date the club’s wooden pavilion was broken into. Two balls were stolen along with several items of wearing apparel.

1st September 1888
In the first ever officially recognised match played at Douglas Park, Acas defeated Airdrieonians by 5-0 in the First Round of the Scottish Cup. Three weeks later in the next round at Motherwell the side lost 5-1 in front of a 2,000 crowd. Bryden being the scorer.

15th December 1888.
The first team travelled to meet Linthouse of Govan where they were defeated by 4-1.
On the same day the two reserves elevens met at Douglas Park, the first recorded reserve fixture at the ground.

January 1889.
The club played three matches in the North of England, the outcome being as follows;
v Carlisle 4-0; v Dalston 5-0 and v Keswick 6-2. A very successful set of results.
The following players went on the tour: Lawrie, Purdie, Queen, Young, McGhie, Johnstone, Broadley, Twaddle, Wilson, Bryden, Murphy and McLachlan. The latter as a guest from Carfin Shamrock.

19th January 1889
An eleven from Glasgow University were entertained at Hamilton by these Acas;
Lawrie; R.Purdie; Young; T.Johnstone; Broadley; J.McGhie; W.Wilson; J.Twaddle; Queen; J.Bryden and Hill.

John S. Watson was the club Secretary.

13th February 1889
At the Half Yearly Meeting, W.Smith was appointed as 2ndXI Captain.

23rd March 1889
The 2nd XI defeated Carfin Shamrock 2nd XI at Douglas Park, 6-2, while the 3rd XI lost 6-5 to Quarter Huttonbank at Quarter.

11th May 1889
The first ever Junior International was played at Douglas Park against England. The appointed referee failed to appear and Mr R. Livingstone, Secretary of Cambuslang FC took over after borrowing a whistle from a policeman. Scotland won by 10 goals to 1. Lanarkshire was quoted as “being the hotbed of junior enthusiasts”, hence the reason why Hamilton was chosen.
The International Trial Match had been played earlier on 27th April at Victoria Park, Burnbank at which time the Probables defeated the Improbables 8-1.

14th May 1889
The AGM took place in the County Hotel at 8pm.
Mr A. McIntyre, Vice President, occupied the chair and welcomed a good turn out of members.  The Treasurers report was adopted. The following officials were elected; President; Robert White; Vice President; A.McIntyre; Treasurer; A.Stevenson; Assistant Treasurer; James Young; Match Secretary; William Hastie,  Greenfield Cottage, Greenfield, Hamilton, Minute Secretary; John Hendry. Committee; Messrs John McGhie, J.R.Laurie, N.Paterson and R.Thomson. 2nd XI Captain; John Hastie; Vice Captain; John Ramsay; 3rd XI Captain; James Gilchrist. The appointment of Captain for the 1st XI to lie over until the next meeting.

3rd August 1889
It was announced that for the forthcoming Four a side tournament to be held at Douglas Park the number of prizes would be increased from three to four. Entries to John Hendry, 98,Quarry Street. Entry fee of 6d per team.
Among the teams entered were Crusaders (Queens Park), Dumbarton, Clyde, Rangers, Cambuslang, Uddingston, Wishaw Thistle, Motherwell, Burnbank Swifts and Carfin Shamrock.

5th August 1889
A Special Meeting was convened in the County Hotel at 8pm. The following notice was inserted in the Hamilton Advertiser: “Every member interested in the club’s welfare is urgently requested to attend as business of great importance will be brought before the meeting.”

10th August 1889
It was reported in the Advertiser that following the previous week’s meeting the club was being disbanded and merged with Hamilton Hibernian and the latter club moving into Douglas Park.

19th August 1889
A further Special Meeting was called again in the County Hotel at 8pm. Later reports suggested that Burnbank Swifts would turn senior and move into Douglas Park with a junior club still playing in Burnbank. Despite all of the conjecture Accies were drawn at home to Wishaw Thistle in the Scottish Cup. The tie was due to be played on September 9th.

24th August 1889
The club was still active and travelled to Clydebank and won 3-1.

9th September 1889
Accies lost 5-0 to Wishaw Thistle in the Scottish Cup. Two players had to be sought from the crowd to make up Accies eleven.

1st January 1890
Lost 3-2 at Workington.

2nd January 1890
Met Keswick away and lost 5-3

4th January 1890
The third match of the tour of Cumbria was also lost, at Carlisle by 7-3.

17th February 1890.
Half Yearly meeting held in the County Hotel at 8pm.

New officials appointed as follows; President; Archie McIntyre; Vice President: James Kemp; Secretary; William Thomson; Match Secretary; John McGhie; Treasurer: James Young; Committee; Messrs R. Thomson, Ramsay, Dalziel and Brand.
March 1890
Hamilton Amateur Dramatic Club agreed to put on a show to raise funds for the club.

18th March 1890
John McGhie, Kingston Cottage is the Secretary.

31st March 1890
At a meeting of the Lanarkshire Association it was agreed to accept an offer by the Coatbridge Express to put up a Consolation Cup for clubs beaten in the early round of the Lanarkshire Cup.

The first draw was made and resulted as follows; Carfin Shamrock v Uddingston, Wishaw Thistle v Whifflet Shamrock, Coatbridge Athletic v Motherwell, Byes; Airdrie, Albion Rovers, Airdriehill, Acas and Clydesdale.

April 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th 1890
Hamilton Amateur Dramatic Club performed the Irish Drama in 3 Acts, “Shaughraun”. Proceeds were to be split between Accies and St Mary’s R.C. Congregational Hall.

 It was later reported that the club officials were well pleased with the outcome.

17th May 1890
Celtic Reserves were defeated 5-4 at Hamilton.

26th July 1890
An 11 a side tournament was run by the club with Uddingston, Motherwell and Hamilton Harp being the other participants. In the first game Uddingston defeated Accies by 2 goals and 1 corner to 1 goal and 1 corner. The second match ended Motherwell 1 goal 4 corners to Harp’s 1 goal and 1 corner.
In the Final a crowd of 600 witnessed Uddingston beating Motherwell by the same margin as over Accies.

13th September 1890.
A home match was arranged against Burnbank Swifts. No further details.

16th December 1890.
At a meeting of the Lanarkshire Football Association held in the Royal Hotel, Motherwell, Wishaw Thistle submitted a protest following the First Round tie of the Lanarkshire Second Eleven Cup played at Douglas Park in which their complaint was that there were no touchlines or flag posts. A letter from the referee confirmed the opposite and the protest was not upheld and the Wishaw club lost their 10/- (50p) deposit.

27th December 1890.
In the match played at Harp’s Park, Acas backs and Harp’s forwards played against Harp’s back and Acas forwards. The match ended 3-3.

27th December 1890.
The Advertiser reported the following;
Acas have a burden round their neck in the shape of a debt owing to the placing of a barricade round the ground, and a special effort is being made to sweep the whole thing clear, and thus give encouragement to the young and promising teams now doing duty for the club. The means adopted are a subscription sale, twelve money prizes being the inducements attached. The first prize being no less than £7-10/-. The tickets are only sixpence a piece and it is to be hoped that neighbouring clubs and the public generally will not be lacking to give a hand to raise the name of a club who were once the boast of Lanarkshire.

31st January 1891.
Team travelled to Dumfries where they played the local side at the Recreation Ground in the town. On the same day, Acas reserves met Blantyre Victoria at Douglas Park.

24thFebruary 1891
At a meeting of the Lanarkshire Football Association Sandy Brand was the only Acas player chosen in the Lanarkshire eleven to meet the Glasgow North Eastern League in Glasgow on March 21st.

28th March 1891
Office bearers were; Archie McIntyre, President, James Kemp, Vice-President, William Thomson, Match Secretary, John McGhie of Kingston Cottage, Hamilton, Secretary, James Young, Treasurer. Committee Members; R.Thomson, J.Ramsay, Dalziel and Brand.

12th April 1891.
The Half Yearly General Meeting was held in the County Hotel at 8pm.

18th April 1891
Accies player, Tom Gordon played at outside left in the first ever match between Lanarkshire and Cumberland. He scored in a 6-1 win in the match played at Whifflet.

23rd May 1891
For the Final of the Lanarkshire Junior Second XI Cup Final at Douglas Park, Accies made several improvements to the field including widening it. Mossend Brigade and Quarter Huttonbank drew 2-2 in front of 1,000 spectators.

The replay on the following Thursday resulted in the favourites, Mossend, winning 3-1.

13th June 1891   
Acas held a 5 a side Tournament for 2nd eleven junior sides and juvenile clubs. There was an entry of 60 at2/6 (12 1/2 p) per side.

The final took place a week later and wasn’t finished until 10pm. Renton Wanderers were the winners, Runners up were Burnbank Victoria, 3rd came West-end followed by Burnside Athletic. The winners received Gold Badges, the runners up Silver Badges with Gold Centres and the 3rd place d side, Silver Badges.

1st August 1891   
The first team went on their summer outing to Rothesay where they met Bute Rangers. The following team won 5-2. J.Williamson; J.Wilson and B.Thomson; Anderson; T.Ramsay and S. Kerr; S.Brand and J.Wright; C.Gordon; J.Boyd and A.Barlas. The scorers were, Brand 2, Barlas 2 and Wright.


3rd August 1891   
At the half yearly General Meeting held in the County Hotel, President, Archie McIntyre welcomed a large attendance. The Treasurer reported a healthy balance of  over £20. The recent juvenile tournament had shown a profit of £15-10s. This announcement came amid loud cheers. Mr Young resigned as Treasurer and Mr Robert Thomson was appointed to replace him with Mr William Robertson as his assistant.

The captains of the three elevens were announced as follows.
First X1; Charles Gordon, Vice Captain; James Williamson, 2nd XI; Frank S. Black, Vice Captain; John McGuire and the Douglas Park XI; Thomas Gordon. The Match Secretary for the Douglas Park XI was Mr Robert Prentice of Hope Street.

After some discussion re. improving the field and pavilion it was announced that fixture cards would be issued. Season Tickets, priced 2/6 are available from members.   

13th August 1892
In a tournament at Biggar, Acas defeated Royal Albert and Wishaw Thistle.

17th September 1892.
Acas were defeated by Motherwell away by 5 goals to 2. A protest was made on the grounds that the referee was not officially appointed. It was upheld.
31st December 1892
Glasgow Perthshire were defeated 2-1 in a Friendly. Accies side was; W.Rodger; B.Thomson and McKendrick; Carr; S.Kerr and J.Twaddle; C.Gordon and J.Wright; G.Dykes; G.Boyd and W.Wilson. The only scorer known is Dykes.

4th July 1893
At a meeting held in the Brandon Hotel, Motherwell it was decided to form a Lanarkshire League. The founder members were; Wishaw Thistle, Royal Albert, Carfin Shamrock, Motherwell, Albion Rovers and Acas.
Two weeks later the idea was in jeopardy as Motherwell were admitted to the new Scottish Second Division.

3rd August 1893
Acas were the visitors when Motherwell opened their new ground at Dalziel Park.

16th September 1893     
With an eleven comprising of W.Rodger; J.Wilson; B.Thomson; Jones; Boyd; S.Kerr; W.Wilson; M.Murray; T.Miller; J.Wright and G.Dykes, Acas travelled to play Vale of Leven. No further details.

7th October 1893
In a match away to Kirkintilloch Athletic, Acas were victorious by 7-5.

6th January 1894
A Friendly match was played at Falkirk, the start was delayed as there were several inches of snow on the ground. Acas lost 4-5.

13th January 1894
Rangers “A” were visitors to Douglas Park. When Acas lost inside forward Jocky Wright due to an injury, a substitute was introduced and he went on to play a fine match laying on two goals in a thrilling match which ended 4-4. He was loaned by Rangers on the day.

24th February 1894
After five postponements due to ground conditions Acas met Royal Albert in the Semi final of the Lanarkshire Cup at Hamilton. The Albert protested about the ground before the match, however they won
5-3. Acas then put in a similar protest after the game and it was upheld. In the replay played at Airdrie as Douglas Park was still unplayable, Albert again won 5-3.

21st April 1894
At the club’s AGM it was decided that due to the professionalism entering the game that players should be paid a bonus.

Officials appointed were; President; John McGhie; Vice President; John Lawrie; Hon Secretary and Treasurer; R.J.Paterson; Match Secretary; William Wilson; General Committee; Office Bearers plus Messrs Frame, Robertson, Twaddle, Ramsay and Dunn. The meeting was held in Beck’s, Church Street, Hamilton.

15th June 1894
Acas were admitted to the Scottish Alliance League. Four place were available and there were five clubs interested. The voting resulted as follows; Wishaw and Johnstone 6, Dykehead 5, Accies 4 and Neilston3.

18th August 1894
Acas first match in the Alliance League was at home to Cambuslang which Acas won 2-0.

23rd March 1895.
Won 4-3 at Johnstone in Scottish Alliance League,
Acas won the Lanarkshire Second XI Cup when they defeated Motherwell 5-2 with the following side;
Ross; Cunningham and Skinner; Hunter; Potts and Russell; Alston and Wilson; Twaddle; Smith and Dykes. Scorers; Wilson 2, Dykes, others not known.

21st December 1895
President; John McGhie, Secretary; J.Brand.

14th March 1896
AGM; President; John McGhie; Vice President; A.Frame; Hon Secretary; James McIntyre; Treasurer; William Wilson; General Committee; Messrs D.Scott; Brown; R.Hastie; Hamilton; Lindsay; C.Stewart; A.Russell and R.Strachan.

11th July 1896
Acas travelled to play Gala at Galashiels.

29th August 1896
Dykehead scratched at the last minute from the Scottish Qualifying Cup. Acas went on to the field and scored with no opponents present and claimed the tie.

28th November 1896
Acas versus Battlefield at Douglas Park drew a crowd of 300.

1st January 1897
For the match versus Jarrow, a complete strip had to be borrowed from the hosts as Acas hamper had not been unloaded from the train and arrived in London. It was returned to them in time to play the following day against Newcastle United Reserves.

2nd January 1897
Acas win 2-1 at Newcastle.

20th January 1897
Acas played in white in a Friendly match at home to Airdrieonians. Goalkeeper Tommy Henderson wore a blue and white jersey.

3rd April 1897
When Acas met Albion Rovers at Douglas Park in a Friendly fixture it was said to be so cold their full backs, Bob Thomson and Davie Freebairn lit up their pipes to keep warm while Tom Hastie appeared for the second half wearing his jacket.

Acas held a subscription sale. the first prize was a handsome bicycle.

16th June 1897
Mr William Wilson, Club Treasurer, of 56, Miller Street, Hamilton, was appointed as Secretary of the Scottish Combination League.

October 1897.
Renton FC expelled from the Scottish League, Acas apply for admission. The Dunbartonshire club had played 4 games, losing all of them. at home to Leith Athletic and Motherwell and away to Leith Athletic and Port Glasgow Athletic. Their final game was on 16th October at home to Leith Athletic.

November 1897.
Admitted to the Scottish Football League following the dismissal of Renton FC, with Acas taking over their previous four results and remaining fixtures for the season.

Acas fined £50 by the Scottish Combination League for withdrawing from their competition. A small price to pay for the honour of becoming part of the senior League set up in the country.

6th November 1897.
Acas met Kilmarnock in their first ever Scottish League game. The match was played at Hamilton and Acas line up was as follows;
Tommy Henderson; Bob Thomson and Sandy Boyd; James Martin; Charlie Barton and James Douglas; Archibald Forrest and William Maley; Dougie Eglinton; Peter Somers and Tom Hastie.

Barton (Burnbank Athletic) and Somers (Cadzow Oak)  were newcomers to the side.
An estimated crowd of 2,000 were present to see Kilmarnock win 3-2.
Acas scorers were an own goal by Brown and the other by Dougie Eglinton.

25th December 1897.
For the match at Motherwell, Acas goalkeeper, Tommy Henderson,  was injured and full back Bob Thomson played in goal.

27th November 1897
Acas first Scottish League win, with Dougie Eglinton scoring the only goal, at home to Linthouse.

15th October 1898
For the Lanarkshire Cup match against Dykehead at Douglas Park the cost of the players wages was 7/6, the equivalent to thirty seven and a half pence.

5th November 1898.
The first known hat trick by an Acas player in the Scottish League was by Charlie Clark in the game versus Port Glasgow Athletic at Douglas Park. The visitors won 5-4.

November 1898.
New signings are Harry Allan, a right back from Mossend Celtic, Gardiner, a goalkeeper from Motherwell to replace the injured Henderson, Robert McEwan, a right winger from Thornliebank and Danny McDonald from Uddingston.

December 1898
Acas lose 7-1 to Kilmarnock in consecutive weeks in Scottish League fixtures.
August 1899.
The club entered a team in the Lanarkshire Junior Alliance League. It was known as Acas Juniors.

19th August 1899
Acas were the first side to visit Leith Athletic in a Scottish League match at their new ground, Hawkhill.

16th September 1899
Acas were hosts to a touring side from Transvaal, the Kaffirs. A bigger than usual attendance, 4,000, witnessed an entertaining game which Acas won 6-5. The home scorers were Brydson, McDonald, G.Allan, Gray and Kerr 2. Goalkeeper Henderson played outfield in the second half.

6th January 1900
For the match against Abercorn, the game was played at Fir Park, Motherwell. Acas won 5-3. All the goals being scored by John Kerr at outside left, who was an ever present in League, Scottish Cup and Qualifying Cup matches that term.


30th March 1901.
A bazaar was held in the Town Hall to raise money to pay off the clubs debts. £120 was the sum raised.

6th April 1901.
After three drawn matches in the Lanarkshire Cup, Acas finally overcame Royal Albert 8-3 at Broomfield.

26th April 1901.
Everton lost 1-0 in a friendly at Douglas Park. Clark and O'Brien were selected to play in a Lanarkshire XI against their Ayrshire counterparts.
May 1901.
Charlie Clark was transferred to Everton for a fee of £60.

1901.
For a friendly match away to East Stirlingshire, a special train was laid on for Acas supporters.

14th September 1901.
A goalkeeper from Ashfield Juniors, Hugh Edmonds, he went on to become the first Acas custodian to play in 100 League matches, his final tally was 125.

15th March 1902.
The Lanarkshire Cup Final match at Broomfield attracted a record attendance for the competition of 7,000. Gate receipts were £166-8/-. Acas opponents were Albion Rovers. The game ended 3-0 for Acas.

13th May 1902.
When right half Jinky Muir moved to Middlesboro'  the transfer fee was £120. He received £10 as a signing on fee and was to be paid £2-10/ per week in the close season and another £1 per week when playing.

13th September 1902.
A player who was reckoned to be one of the finest centre halves of his day, Peter McIntyre, who had started his career with the famous Glenbuck Cherrypickers, made his Acas debut at home to Motherwell, after being signed from Sheffield United.

23rd September 1902.
With Acas 4-1 up over Ayr FC, Accies centre forward, Harry McIlvenny, left the field ten minutes before the final whistle so that he could catch his train.

4th October 1902.
A young right winger named Finlay McLean, joined the club from Maryhill Juniors and made a scoring debut against Kilbarchan in a Scottish Qualifying Cup tie at Douglas Park.

13th April 1903
The first recorded Benefit Match for an Acas player was played when Motherwell were the visitors on behalf of Alex “Sandy” Cowan who had made his club debut on 14th January 1899 in 6-4 win over Ayr FC. Sandy was the first player to appear in 100 Scottish League matches for the club. Normally played as a left half. The match itself was witnessed by 1,000 spectators and ended with a 2-1 home win.

May 1903.
Former player, Bob Thomson, on being placed on the transfer list by Third Lanark, whom he had joined from Acas, was snapped up by Secretary, Stanley Baxter,  for £20.

12th May 1903
At a meeting of Hamilton Town Council a letter was read from the club asking for an extension of the lease of Douglas Park for a further ten years and offering to feu adjoining ground and to build cottages on it sufficient to cover feu duty. It was referred to the Property Committee. No record of the outcome.

15th June 1903.
At the AGM held in the Lesser Victoria Hall, Mr T.Dodd presided over an attendance of 70. He explained that the most important business to discussed following the acceptance of the balance sheet was whether the club should be floated as a limited liability company or the members should be asked to pay a levy of 30/- (£1.50p) each. Mr Moir proposed, seconded by Mr Kelly that floatation should take place while an amendment was put forward by Mr J.Wilson and Mr Calder that the levy be imposed. 13 voted for the motion and 6 for the amendment, therefore the motion was carried. A disappointing result in that there were 70 members present. The matter was remitted to the Secretary, Mr A.H.Frame a solicitor with Hay, Cassels and Frame to draw up a schedule.

July 1903.
Season tickets were priced at 5/- (25p) for adults and 3/-  (15p) for boys.
8th August 1903.
The Hamilton Advertiser carried a Public Notice to announce that Hamilton Academical Football Club Limited were looking to raise £1000 in £1 shares.
Subscriptions for the same to close on 18th August 1903.

15th August 1903
In the opening match of the new season, Acas travelled to Falkirk where they won 5-1.

6th February 1904.
In defeating Clyde 3-0 at Shawfield, Acas made sure of the Second Division League title in front of a crowd of 3,000.
Acas lined up; Hugh Edmonds; James Dickie and Jim Welford; Bob Thomson; Alex Scholes and Sandy Cowan; “Soger” Smith and Willie McLaughlin; Harry McIlvenny; Doug McNab and John Curran.
The scorers were, John Curran, Harry McIlvenny and Willie McLaughlin.

27th February 1904.
In a friendly match at home to Rangers, Acas made a half time substitution when D.Curran replaced Sandy Cowan.

23rd April 1904.
The Final of the Lanarkshire Cup was contested between Acas and Airdrieonians at Meadow Park, Whifflet before an assembly of 10,000. Acas wore maroon on this occasion and  lost 1-0.

May 1904.
Acas were awarded the Lanarkshire Cup after a dispute. Airdrieonians had beaten them in the Final in April, 1-0, at Whifflet, however Acas had protested and Airdrieonians did not appear for the replay.
At the Scottish League AGM voting took place to determine which clubs would be in the First Division. Kilmarnock and Motherwell were the two bottom clubs while Acas had won the Second Division title and Aberdeen, only formed a year earlier and not even in the Second Division was the other contender. Kilmarnock made the point that there were already two Lanarkshire clubs in the First Division,
Airdrieonians being the other and that if Acas were elected that would mean three from Lanarkshire and possibly none from Ayrshire. The voting resulted as Motherwell 10, Kilmarnock 8, Aberdeen 4 and Acas 2.Aberdeen were elected to the Second Division when Ayr Parkhouse dropped out.

17th August 1904.
A Benefit Match  played against Albion Rovers, the beneficiaries were Coatbridge Brass Band.

20th August 1904
The Second Division Championship flag was unfurled. St Bernards were the visitors to Douglas Park and were defeated 4-0.

27th August 1904
As had happened five years earlier, Accies were again Leith Athletic’s first Scottish League visitors when they moved to another ground, New Logie Green.

October 1904
Work commenced on the new pavilion.

11th February 1905.
The new pavilion was opened, Queen's Park were the visitors in a friendly when Acas defeated them 1-0 with this eleven;
Hugh Edmonds; Willie Brownlie and Bob Thomson; Alex Scholes; Peter McIntyre and Hugh Kilday; Bob Blackburn and Harry McMillan; John Proudfoot; Jimmy Dargue and Campbell.

The last named was a trialist from Kirkintilloch. Harry McMillan scored the only goal.
February 1905.
It was agreed that the first team regulars and reserves would receive gold watches in appreciation for winning the Second Division title.

19th April 1905.
Rangers came to Douglas Park in a Benefit Match for Peter McIntyre. They won 2-1.

26th April 1905.
Acas and Blantyre Vics met at Blantyre in a fund raising match for the benefit of Livingstone Thistle Lodge of Ancient Free Gardeners. A strong Acas eleven lost 2-1.

August 1905
For the Second Round Scottish Qualifying Cup match at Boghead Acas offered the Dumbarton committee £30 if they would switch the game to Hamilton. The home side refused, nevertheless Acas won 2-0.

They went to the Semi Final where they lost 1-0 to Beith after drawing 1-1 at Douglas Park.

4th November 1905.
Acas made their first ever visit to Berwick for a friendly. With a number of players unavailable, club Secretary, Stanley Baxter had to don the number 6 jersey. Reports stated that he played quite well. The game finished 2-2.

27th January 1906.
In a Scottish Cup tie at Motherwell, John Forrest, late of Carluke Milton Rovers, Motherwell and Bradford City was a 2 goal hero for Acas in a 3-2 win.

17th February 1906.
When Acas met Third Lanark in a replayed Scottish Cup tie, a ground record of 14,000 for Douglas Park, was established. The gate money amounted to £308

23rd April 1906.
Three players, Peter McIntyre, Finlay McLean and Harry McIlvenny were chosen to play in Second Division side to face a First Division XI in a Benefit Match for the dependants of the late William McMillan, who had been a goalkeeper with Arthurlie. The cause of death was said to be lockjaw.

13th August 1906.
The first recorded pre season trial took place with Maroons beating the Red and Whites 3-2.

1906-07.
At the AGM it was announced that a loss of £222 had been made in the year under review.
The auditors reported that the Directors had exceeded their borrowing powers.

9th March 1907.
The League match against Partick Thistle was abandoned as a result of the weather after 75 minutes with Accies 2-1 in front. A new goalkeeper was seen, W.Davy an amateur previously with Alloa Athletic. At centre forward, Tom McGraw had been one of the scorers, he too was making his Acas debut after being signed from Common Thistle, a team from the Kilmarnock area.

12th March 1907.
George Henderson, Tom Brady and W.Coupethwaite were transferred to Girvan, on loan, the latter had been a Stranraer player before joining Acas.

20th August 1907.
Two Acas players, right back Willie Brownlie and centre forward Tom McGraw were picked for a Lanarkshire Select against Celtic in a game to raise funds for Blantyre Cottage Hospital.

31st August 1907. 
Secretary Stanley Baxter produced a match programme for the first time, it was of 4 pages.

7th September 1907.
Acas beat Wishaw Thistle 4-1 in the Qualifying Cup, Andrew Sharp ex Accies was with the visitors.

19th October 1907.
The club had to field two teams, one to face St Mirren in a League match at Love Street, while having to play Peebles Rovers at Douglas Park in a Scottish Qualifying Cup tie. A reserve side was fielded at Hamilton in which were former players, Jim Welford and Bob Thomson as the full backs. Sandy Cowan appeared at left half. The "wee" team won 2-0 in front of just under 2,000 fans. The game at Paisley ended 2 all.

2nd November 1907.
Yet again the reserve eleven was called upon. This time to tackle the Perthshire side, Vale of Atholl, in the next round of the Cup as Accies were at Aberdeen for a First Division encounter which was lost 3-0. At home a similar score took Acas into the Semi Final of the competition.

16th November 1907.
Despite it being the Semi Final stages of the tournament, Acas again had to rely on their weaker eleven to contest the match against Second Division St Bernard's, at Logie Green, where a crowd of 2,500 assembled to see the amateurs win 3-1.

21st December 1907.
John Miller returned to Hamilton and was in the side selected for the match at Easter Road. The referee failed to appear and after some delay it was decided to play a friendly. With Hibernian 5 goals in front, the match was abandoned due to failing light.

28th December 1907.
When Port Glasgow Athletic arrived at Douglas Park they had only ten players. Inside right, Steel moved to right back and they played with only 4 forwards. Acas won 4-1.

15th February 1908.
Acas biggest gate of the season, 7,000 witnessed a 2-2 draw against Rangers.

March 1908.
Finlay McLean was selected as reserve right winger to Alex Bennett of Celtic for the forthcoming International Match against Wales at Dens Park.

The first Acas player to be considered for a place in the Scottish team.

August 1908
For the start of the new season Acas played in new colours, cerise and French grey, the colours of the Duke of Hamilton. A phone was installed in the Secretary’s office for the first time.

27th March 1909.
The away match due to be played against Partick Thistle was played at Douglas Park, as Thistle's new ground was not completed. Acas won 4-2.

23rd August 1909.
A benefit match was played against Motherwell for Finlay McLean. Included in Acas line up was John Atkinson, who returned once again to the club.

6th September 1909.
The first recorded line up showing a trialist under the name of "Newman" was in a match at Dykehead to raise funds for the local side. The gentleman concerned, who according to the match report came from the Motherwell area, impressed the scribe. Willie Main and the Newman were Acas scorers in a 2-1 win.

22nd January 1910.
Acas played against Hibernian in the Scottish Cup at Douglas Park introduced Peter Somers from Celtic at inside left. He had occupied that same position when Acas met Kilmarnock in their first ever League game in 1897. While at Parkhead he was capped on 4 occasions, gained 5 League Winners medals, 3 Scottish Cup Winners medals and was honoured thrice by the Scottish League.

5th February 1910.
The away match against Port Glasgow Athletic was played at Cappielow Park, the ground of Morton because the local burgh surveyor had closed Clune Park.

21st February 1910.
John Scott played at left half in the Scottish League trial match at Firhill.

April 1910
In the space of two days Acas beat Airdrieonians in the Lanarkshire Cup by 4-1 and then Albion Rovers 3-0 in the Lanarkshire Express Cup.

24th August 1910
In the Lanarkshire Cup Final, Acas and Wishaw Thistle drew 3-3 before 2,000 at Fir Park.
A week later the teams drew again, 1-1, it was decided that they would hold the Trophy on a joint basis.

September 1910
John H. McLaughlin was signed from Strathclyde Juniors and Matthew Eglinton from Larkhall Thistle.

13th December 1910
The Scottish League advised clubs that in future the goalkeeper must be dressed in a different coloured jersey from the rest of the team.

11th March 1911
In the Scottish Cup Semi Final played at Douglas Park, Acas knocked out Dundee, the Cup holders, 3-2 after being 2-0 behind. This was the last season in which the Semi Finals were not played at a neutral venue.

8th April 1911.
The following eleven turned out for the club in the Scottish Cup Final at Ibrox Park against Celtic. Jim Watson; Jock Davie and Adam Miller; Phil Watson; Willie McLaughlin and Matthew Eglinton; John McLaughlin and John Waugh; Willie Hunter; Johnny Hastie and Bobby McNeil. A crowd of 45,000 saw a no scoring match. A week later  the same eleven lost 2-0 in the replay before 25,000. The gate receipts were, ground £1,070 and stands £297.

May 1911.
Jock Davie went with Celtic FC on their tour of the continent.

5th July 1911.
At the Newton Villa FC Sports on 5th July, Jock Davie won the place kick competition with a distance of 183' 3".

July 1911.
Season Ticket prices were announced as follows, 15/-, Ground and Stand (Seats reserved), Ground and Stand 10/6, Ground only 6/-. The Directors were invited to send four players to take part in a sports meeting under the auspices of the Players Union to be held at Old Trafford on Saturday, 12th August.

1st August 1911.
Such was the conduct of some of the crowd watching Acas in pre season training that it was decided that future sessions would be open to only Directors and Shareholders.

9th August 1911.
Due to the number of games coming up it was decided not to send players to the Sports Meeting in Manchester.

25th October 1911.
Two players were signed from Blantyre Vics, William Morrison, a right half and Bernard Carr, an inside right. Morrison had been the outstanding  player in the recent Lanarkshire League v Irish League encounter in Dublin.

November 1911.
The club donated £5 to the Lanarkshire Junior Association following the match v the Irish League XI as the Association made a considerable loss from the fixture.

5th November 1911.
The roof of both stands were blown off due to high winds. The roof of the main stand landed in Beckford Street. It was estimated that it would take £100 to repair the damage.

22nd November 1911.
Former player, George Roxburgh was playing with Motherwell Reserves.

3rd December 1911.
When Acas met Motherwell in the final of the Lanarkshire Cup at Fir Park, the new pavilion and dressing rooms were officially opened.

February 1912.
Jock Davie was temporarily transferred to Raith Rovers to turn out in a Scottish Cup tie for them.

March 1912.
A "strike" gate was opened at the Clydesdale Street end for miners and other workmen. Admission was set at 3d. The match was against Falkirk.

30th April 1912
The Lanarkshire News reported that ex Accie, Willie Brownlie was playing his football in Hamilton, Ontario with Baracas FC.

May 1912.
Phil Watson was signed by Motherwell. The Hamilton officials were unhappy and reported their rivals for an alleged breach of rules.

William Dalziel celebrates 5 years as Acas Chairman.

19th June 1912.
At a meeting of the Scottish League, Motherwell were censured over the Watson signing. Acas were represented by Mr T. Moore, Mr Bowman spoke for Motherwell. Stanley Baxter, club secretary was accompanied by Directors Gowans  and Somers.

3rd August 1912.
The club were represented at the Peebles Rovers 5-a-side tournament by Jim Watson, Adam Miller, Robert Robertson, Bobby McNeil and new signing Sam Anderson.

10th August 1912.
The five who competed in the Celtic 5-a-side clashes at Parkhead were Archie Garrett, Adam Miller, John Todd, John McLaughlin and Bobby McNeil.

19th August 1912.
It was announced that Mr T.Dodd, a club Director, had been appointed to the SFA Selection Committee.

29th October 1912.
Bobby McNeil made history as the first Acas player to be recognised by the Scottish League when he was chosen to play against the Irish League on 6th November 1912.

December 1912.
It was reported that the Directors were considering an offer from Budapest to travel there in the summer on tour.

8th February 1913.
The Scottish Cup tie versus Rangers attracted an attendance of 12,000 to Douglas Park, well below the record. The admission prices were doubled for the match. The reasoning behind it was that it would keep the crowd numbers down which would improve safety.

The gate receipts of £602 were a record for the club. The match ended 1-1.

15th February 1913.
It was stated in the local press that 1,748 travelled by train to support Acas in the replay at Ibrox. Acas lost 0-2.

29th March 1913.
For the game against Queen's Park a new goalkeeper was brought in, William Welsh from Royal Albert, as Jim Watson had been injured the week before at Airdrie.
Watson had played in 68 consecutive League matches prior to that.

14th April 1913.
John Hanlon, a Junior Internationalist outside right was signed from Fauldhouse West End after two impressive displays in friendly matches.

16th April 1913.
A friendly match was played at Campbeltown against the local side. Before 1,200 spectators Acas triumphed by 3-0.
The scorers were Anderson, Hanlon and Waugh.

June 1913.
At the AGM of the club it was announced that a loss of £213-1-11/2 had been made mainly due to transfer fees.

2nd July 1913.
Contractors started work on the new Grandstand.

25th July 1913.
John H. McLaughlin transferred to Morton.
John Hanlon ran at Thornton Games, winning the half mile handicap off 45 yards. Ran as J.Harris, Edinburgh. The following day at Clyde FC Sports he finished second and that after turning out for Acas in 2 five a side matches. He also won the Salford Sports title. He actually finished second but was adjudged to have been fouled near the finish by the runner who was first to the tape. The  latter being disqualified as a result. John's first prize was £22.

6th August 1913.
The trial match at Douglas Park brought out an attendance of 2,000.

30th August 1913.
The new Stand was opened when Rangers were the visitors, the crowd of approx 22,000 paid £450 in gate receipts. Acas lost 1-0. A souvenir programmes was issued. Provost Smellie did the honours at the opening.
John Bain from Peebles Rovers was introduced at right half. He went on to become the season's leading scorer in the league with 10 goals. Had a good record as a centre forward.

9th September 1913
Adam Miller severely censured for using obscene language to referee, T.Dougray.

2nd November 1913.
Bobby McNeil chosen to play v Southern League on 13th November at Cathkin Park. Adam Miller was selected as reserve left back.

11th November 1913.
Former player, Jimmy Dargue returned to the club after spells with Airdrieonians, Heart of Midlothian and Bristol Rovers.

13th November 1913.
It was reported in the press that Harry Leckie, the ex centre forward, had died at sea while serving as 4th engineer on the SS Kilchatton a few miles from Dublin.

5th December 1913.
Bobby McNeil represented the Scottish League v the Irish League in Belfast. This was his third such honour by the Scottish  League selectors.

13th January 1914
During the Rangers match on 27th December 1913, a stone was thrown at an Acas player. Rangers intimated that they are posting bills offering £5 for information which will lead to a conviction. This was considered as satisfactory by the authorities.

March 1914
The club advertised for a Secretary/Manager, a new post. There were nearly 100 applicants. A short leet of 15 was drawn up and from them 3 people were to be interviewed, James Collins, who was Secretary of the Glasgow Junior League, Peter Hodge the former Secretary/Manager of Raith Rovers and Alex Raisbeck an ex Scotland player and currently playing for Partick Thistle.

The latter was chosen and would take up his duties on 1st May 1914 when the season officially closed.

April 1914.
Bobby McNeil was transferred to Chelsea. He was selected to play for the South v the North in a benefit match on 27th April 1914.

7th April 1914
At a meeting of the Scottish League Partick Thistle were asked for an explanation re. an incident which occurred versus Acas on 14/3/14 when a linesman was struck by a bottle. The referee was censured for not reporting the incident within the specified time. Thistle’s explanation was accepted.

29th April 1914.
Everton were the visitors to Douglas Park for a friendly match. The teams were; Acas; Jim Watson; Neil McEwan and Adam Miller; Frank McLaren; Willie McNamee and John Bain; John Hanlon and Eddie McBride; Dan Kelly; William Stewart and Frank Heppinstall. Everton; Hodge; Thomson and Simpson; Harris; Fleetwood and Greeyer; Chedyzoy and Kirksopp; Houston; Clenell and Harrison.
The game finished 3-3. Stewart and Kelly with 2 were the home marksmen, while Kirksopp, Clenell and Chedyzoy scored for the Liverpool side. The attendance was 2,000. Chedyzoy and Harrison were English Internationalists, Harris and Houston played for Northern Ireland.

May 1914.
Matthew Eglinton signed for Motherwell for a reported fee of £250, the Fir Park club also signed ex-Accie, John Waugh from Raith Rovers.
Mr W.Dalziel was appointed as one of the Lanarkshire representatives at the SFA.
29th May 1914.
Acas won the five a side tournament at Marine Gardens in Edinburgh in front of a 5,000 crowd, beating Partick Thistle, Clyde and Falkirk in the process. The following players earned the first prize of £20, Jim Watson, Adam Miller, Sam Clifford, Dan Kelly and John Hanlon.

8th June 1914.
The club reported a loss of £739 -9 -2 for the year.

15th June 1914.
At a sports meeting held at Douglas Park, John Hanlon won the Professional Footballers race over 150 yards in 15.25 seconds.

22nd June 1914.
Mr William Dalziel was elected as Chairman of the Board.

4th July 1914.
The aforementioned five players were successful at the Clyde FC Sports, beating on this occasion, Albion Rovers, Royal Albert and in the Final, Wishaw Thistle.
Season Tickets were priced at 6/- for the ground and 12/6 for the Ground and Stand.

13th July 1914.
The Scottish League agreed to form a Mutual Insurance Federation among the 19 First Division clubs for the purpose of insuring players under the Workmens Compensation Act.
William Husband, the former Kilmarnock Celtic, St Mirren and Burnley outside left was signed.

August 15th 1914.
The first match of the league season versus Rangers, brought out an attendance of 22,000.

October 21st 1914.
Acas met a Scottish League Select at Hamilton to raise funds for the Belgian Relief Effort. The match ended all square at 3 goals each. Dan Kelly hit all of the home goals before 2,000 spectators.

November 3rd 1914
William Husband was censured for striking an opponent, he  had a previous conviction.

November 21st 1914
Dan Kelly got another hat trick in the match at Cathkin which was abandoned with 6 minutes to go due to fog. Accies were leading 3-2 at the time. Third Lanark had not lost a home league game up till then. Another interesting feature of that match was that Acas left winger, Husband scored direct from a corner for it to be disallowed as it went straight into the net without another player touching it.

December 3rd 1914
Mr Hugh Mair of Acas was appointed to the referees committee. At the meeting it was also agreed that the abandoned game versus Third Lanark should be replayed. The referee at the fogged off match, Mr McKenzie of Glasgow was fined a guinea for having too long a break at the interval. The match had only 6 minutes to go when he had called it off.

December 14th 1914
Ex Secretary, Stanley Baxter was appointed as a Director following the recent death of Peter Somers.

March 1915
Adam Miller chosen as reserve left back for the Scottish League side to meet the English League at Parkhead on March 20th.

April 5th 1915
Dr DC Douglas appointed Chairman, Mr Thomas Moore, Vice Chairman.

May 1915
It was agreed that for the new season a guarantee of £30 would be paid and that the players would be paid no more than £1 per week. Matches would be played on Saturdays and Public Holidays only and that the kick off would be no later than 4pm, rather than 3.30pm.



September 1915
It was hoped to sign Tom Miller from Liverpool as the English Leagues were suspended due to the war. Archie Garrett returned from Millwall for the third time.

September 18th 1915
John Miller was signed from Blantyre Victoria, the fourth member of the Miller family to sign for the club, Adam, Tom and William being the others.

October 2nd 1915
Billy Ross, a Junior Internationalist makes his first team debut as regular keeper, Jimmy Watson, was required for military service, Ross came from Cambuslang Rangers.


October 9th 1915  
Former player, John H. McLaughlin qualified as a dentist.

Acas played their 500th Scottish League match away to Partick Thistle. The side was; Billy Ross; Robert Robertson and Adam “Yad” Miller; Sandy Purdie; Willie McNamee and Billy Paterson; Jock Hanlon and Jamie Stewart; John Miller; Archie Kyle and John Kelly. Scorer was Stewart in a 1-0 win.

October 27th 1915
A presentation was made to Jimmy Watson, in the Royal Hotel, prior to him going to join his regiment, the Glasgow Highlanders.

November 1915
John and Tom Miller also join the Glasgow Highlanders.

November 30th 1915
At an Emergency Committee meeting of the SFA it was noted    that a stone and a tumbler had been thrown on to the field on 16th October in he match versus Celtic.
Permission was given for Acas to take up a collection for footballs for soldiers at the front.

December 1915
Alex Millar, a goalkeeper, joined Acas from Kilmarnock, he was a junior with Larkhall Thistle before going to Ayrshire. There were now 2 Millars and 2 Millers on the books.

January 25th 1916
Acas were advised that they would have to pay  expenses of 1/6  to a linesman, A.Galloway.

April 11th 1916
Outside left, William Husband, who had been suspended sine die by the club, lost his appeal when he went to the SFA.

April 26th 1916
The postponed away match against Hibernian was played at Celtic Park as this arrangement suited both clubs. Acas were victors by 3-1 in front of a disappointing crowd.

Jan 1917.
The death occurred of A.H.Frame, a former President and Secretary of the Club.

May 1917
Dr D.C Douglas re-elected Chairman. The club representative at The Scottish League was Hugh Mair, while Stanley Baxter was the delegate to the Lanarkshire Football Association.
Burnbank Athletic sought the use of Douglas Park as they had no ground.

August 1917
The cost of Season Tickets was set at 5/9 (27p) for the Ground and 10/6 (52 1/2p) for the Stand. This included tax.

Feb 1919
Trainer John Hindle resigned after 7 years as he was going into business on his own.

April 19th 1919
Willie McNamee played for The Scottish League versus Irish League in Belfast.

July 1919
A new trainer was appointed, he was Alex Justice who had been assistant at Ibrox
July 1919
Provost Robert Smellie with 133 votes was appointed as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors. Others successful were Robert Jack (125), Councillor Alex McPherson (100), Alex Raisbeck (99), Thomas Dodd (98), Hugh Mair (92) and Thomas Moore (92).Other nominees were W.Dalziel, S.Baxter, Dr D.Douglas, AJ Gowans and Wm Wilson, though Stanley Baxter was elected Secretary.

Sept 1919
Robert Jack resigned from Board, John Duncan co-opted.

October 1st 1919
Paddy Corcorran censured for deliberately tripping an opponent. Mr Hugh Mair, a Director of the club, had questioned the referee, G.H.McKenzie and was advised not to question the referee’s decision.


March 17th 1920
Tom Miller and Bobby McNeil were in the Anglo Scots XI.

May 1920
Profit for the year was £386.

May 19th 1920
Stanley Baxter appointed as the Lanarkshire representative to the SFA.

August 1920
Season tickets for the coming season were Ground only 12/- (60p) and Stand 25/- (£1.25p), includes tax.

December 1920
The Club was admitted to the Western League.

February 28th 1921
The following instruction was received from the SFA;
BRAKE CLUBS--Clubs are requested to refuse admission to any person carrying flags, bugles etc. and to prevent known delinquents from entering their grounds.

Oct 29th 1921
Pavilion broken into and the safe was taken, however the thieves were unable to open it

Feb 1922
Archibald Davidson appointed a Director.

March 11th 1922
A local hairdresser, Robert Roberts of Quarry Street offers free haircut and shave to Acas players if they win the Scottish Cup. They lost in the Quarter  Finals to Aberdeen.

April 5th 1922
From a list of 106 candidates a new Manager was appointed, he was David Buchanan. He also filled the role of Secretary and Treasurer.

March 21st 1923
Manager David Buchanan resigned but offered to stay until the close of the season and this he did.

July 21st 1923
Adam Scott Duncan named as the new Manager, he had been an outside right with Dumbarton Corinthians, then joined Dumbarton, Newcastle United, Rangers, Dumbarton and finally Cowdenbeath.
The above side lined up against Heart of Midlothian at Douglas Park on 27th September 1924 and lost 2-0.

1st November 1924
For the match at Hampden versus Queen’s Park it was reckoned that Acas had over 2000 of a support as the train to the match started with 1,200 from Hamilton Central, picked up 600 at Hamilton West with another 200 joining at Blantyre.

December 1924
On consecutive Saturdays Acas travelled to Glasgow against the big two, losing 2-0 to Rangers and the following week they beat Celtic 2-0.

21st March 1925
For the second time in their history Acas reached the Semi Final stages of the Scottish Cup and as before they met Dundee. The match at Tynecastle ended 1-1 and in the replay four days later at Easter Road Acas lost 2-0.



14th April 1925
Acas beat Liverpool 3-2 at Anfield in a Friendly with this eleven; George Sommerville; Charlie McCormack and Archie Johnstone; Hugh McNeil; Pat Hunt and Wattie Thomson; Dr John Bell and Tom Miller; John Miller;  George Gibson and Willie Moffat.

The Millers were brothers, John a guest from Partick Thistle. Acas scorers were Gibson, Bell and J.Miller.

26th April 1925
A Scottish Churches League match was played at Douglas Park before a handful of spectators. The teams were Hamilton District Churches and Glasgow District Churches. The visitors ran out winners by 6 goals to1. At outside left for the Hamilton side was Tommy Lang (Larkhall Independent Order of Rechabites), who during the Second World War guested for Acas.

11th September 1925
Former Queen’s Park and Clyde half back, Willie McAndrew was appointed as the club’s new Manager.

A role he held for a remarkable 21 years almost. Easily the longest spell ever in that job. Probably the best record of any who have held the position. As a player he was said to be a commanding centre half. Also turned out as a wing half. He was held as a prisoner of war.

When he took over Acas were in 8th position in the 20 team League, equal with Rangers.

November 1925
A presentation was made to Mr Scott Duncan, the former Manager at the Royal Hotel on behalf of the supporters in appreciation of  his  good work while at Hamilton.

10th October 1927
The League Management Committee decided that in all matches the home players wear white shorts while the away players wear black.

18th February 1928
Accies travel to play Hull City in a Friendly and draw 3-3. Alex Dick comes on as a substitute.

27th September 1928
This date marked the club’s 1000th Scottish League fixture when Celtic were the visitors to Douglas Park. The match ended 1-1 and Acas eleven was; “Lammie” Smith; “Puggy” Allan and “Hooky” Wilson; John Jack; Pat Hunt and Tom Baxter; Frank Wilson and Frank Tollan; Willie Moffat; Willie McKay and Bobby Howe. Scorer was McKay. The attendance, 14,000.

13th October 1928
Accies Reserves meet an East of Scotland Juvenile XI and win 5-0 with this eleven; Gilmour; McGuire and Pearson; Hendry; Sharp and Baxter; Dewar and McCabe; Wilson; McGuire and Collins. The scorers were Wilson 3 and McCabe 2. The attendance was 600.

18th December 1928
The Scottish League sent out an intimation as follows;
“The attention of the Management Committee has been drawn to the practice of professional football players contributing articles to daily and weekly newspapers dealing with games in which they have taken part and also with other subjects connected with the game and government thereof. Being satisfied that this is not in the best interests of the players themselves, the game and the government thereof, the Management Committee desire all Clubs to recommend their players in future to desist from contributing such articles to and from allowing their names to be associated with such articles or interviews in papers published weekly or daily.”

22nd March 1930
Almost exactly four years to the day when Acas last appeared in the Semi Final stages of the Scottish Cup they made the short journey to Parkhead to meet Partick Thistle only to lose 3-1.Accies lined up as; Dave Nicol, “Puggy” Allan and Jock Wilson; Davie Hill; Phil Watson and Jamie Bulloch; Frank Wilson and Willie Moffat; Davie Wilson; Wuggie Gray and Bobby Howe. The scorer was Moffat, the attendance 28,000.

August 1930
Fred C. Dodd elected Chairman of the Board.

Season 1930-31
Back row; Bobby Dougall and “Puggy” Allan; George Gilmour; Jock Wilson; Jamie Bulloch and Phil Watson.
Front row; Frank Wilson and Willie Moffat; Davie Wilson; Alex Herd and Jimmy King.

26th March 1932
One again Acas were at Parkhead in a Semi Final tie, this  time their opponents were Rangers who won by 5 goals to 2. The team was; Eddie Wright; “Puggy” Allan and Jamie Bulloch; Bobby Dougall; Davie Hill and Jimmy McLuckie; Frank Wilson and Alex Herd; Davie Wilson; Wuggie Gray and Jimmy King. Scorers were, Herd and King, the attendance, 55,000.

July 1932
Season Tickets were Stand and Ground 30/- (£1.50), Ground only 12/- (60p).

3rd September  1932
In a Scottish League match at Douglas Park, Alex Herd scored three goals in three minutes in a 4-3 win over St Mirren. Jimmy King getting the other.

January 1933
Crush barriers were erected for the Scottish Cup tie versus Motherwell. The attendance was 16,000.

11th February 1933
In a Second XI Cup tie at Hamilton, Acas beat Partick Thistle 11-2. Davie Wilson got 4, Tom Brady and Jimmy King each hit three.


The players are as follows; Back row from left to right; Robert Dougall; “Puggy” Allan; Eddie Wright; Davie Hill; Jamie Bulloch and Jimmy McLuckie.
Front row; Jimmy King; Alec Herd; Davie Wilson; Willie Gray and Frank Wilson.

The above photo was actually taken a season earlier than stated above. The above eleven played several times to-gether, most notably in the Scottish Cup Semi Final at Parkhead against Rangers, losing 5-2. Herd and King scored before an attendance of 55,000 on 26th March 1932.

February 1934
Acas Reserves won the Scottish Alliance Shield beating Kilmarnock 6-0 on aggregate, 5-0 and 1-0.

March 1934
A month later they were successful in beating Motherwell in the Second XI Cup, 4-1 at home and drawing 0-0 at Fir Park.

2nd June 1934
The first ever Schoolboy International match between Scotland and Ireland was played at Douglas Park before a crowd of just under 10,000. The Scots won, 5-2 thanks to a hat trick from centre forward McConnell and singles from Hamilton of Kilmarnock and Muir from Lesmahagow. The latter was one of only two Lanark Central boys in the side, George Sneddon of Larkhall being the other.
The Scotland team was; W.McAulay (Glasgow); J.Peden (Bathgate) and D.Calder (Cowdenbeath); G.Sneddon (Lanark Central); A.Swinburn (Aberdeen), capt.. and A.Little (Rutherglen); D.McDonald (Glasgow West) and W.Muir (Lanark Central); H.McConnell (Ayr); A.Hamilton (Kilmarnock) and L.Thow (Ayr). Campbell of Falkirk was originally chosen to play in goal. Lewis Thow played as a guest for Accies during the war years.


 July 1934
With the assistance of the Supporters Club new gate entrances were built at the ground.

October 1934
Bobby Reid played for the Scottish League at Firhill against the Irish League which the Scots won 3-2.

December 1934
Chairman, Alec Gibson warned about poor attendances. He advised that the club needed an income of at least £150 from each home game to break even.

February 1935
James C. Lyon took over as Chairman from Alec Gibson who resigned due to pressure of business.

13th February 1935
Acas defeated Clyde 6-3 in a replayed Scottish Cup tie. Davie Wilson and Bertie Harrison both scored a hat trick with a crowd of 16,000 present. This after a 3-3 game at Shawfield.

20th April 1935
In the Final of the Scottish Cup at Hampden before 87,286 spectators Acas lost 2-1 to Rangers with this side; Jimmy Morgan; Bobby Wallace and Jamie Bulloch (captain); Jacky Cox; Jimmy McStay and Joe “Joker” Murray; Jimmy King and Willie McLaren; Davie Wilson; Bertie Harrison and Bobby Reid. Scorer was Harrison.

July 1935
An Acas five of McStay, Wallace, Thomson, Harrison and Reid in the 5-a-side tourney at the RUC Sports in Belfast. Defeated Ards and Belfast Celtic before losing to Celtic 1-0 after two periods of extra time.
Davie Wilson on tour with the SFA in Canada, he was among the leading scorers with 2 hat tricks.

14th July 1936
Mr James C. Lyon appointed as Chairman.
Bobby Reid transferred to Brentford for a fee of £6,000.
2nd August 1936
A possibility of the Supporters Club being wound up due to lack of funds.

18th August  1936
It was decided by the Directors to charge £15 for the catering rights at the ground.
Film Industries and Bulletin Radio Limited both offer to install a loud speaker system, no decision was made.

8th September  1936
Contract signed with Bulletin Radio to play music at 15/- (75p) per match. A week later the company decide against doing this due to their representative leaving the firm.

16th February 1937
It was decided to admit up to 12 persons from Hamilton Home to home matches.

23rd February 1937   
The Alliance League Committee have arranged a Select side to play at Pittodrie against Aberdeen "A" on 27th February. Two of Accies players, Jimmy Jack and William Davidson have been selected. James Dougan has been appointed trainer to the side and the team will play in Accies colours.

3rd March 1937   
The Scottish Cup tie against Heart of Midlothian attracted a ground record attendance of 28,690. The match was played midweek as the original match due 27th February was postponed due to ground     conditions. Accies won the tie 2-1, Chris McNee scoring twice.




6th March 1937   
Second XI Cup Second Round Home v Dundee 1-1.
Accies; Jimmy Jack; William Davidson and Willie McGonagle; William Lawson; Jimmy McStay and James McKenzie; Willie McNeil and George Gilmour; John Lowe; Joe Keddie and Danny McKerrell. Scorer; McKerrell.

9th March 1937   
It was agreed to contact Mr Curtis, manager of Brentford FC about the possibility of supplying the opposition for a benefit match for Davie Wilson.   

24th March 1937
Second XI Cup Second Round Replay Away v Dundee 1-1.
Accies; Jimmy Jack; Davie Summers and William Davidson; William Lawson; Jimmy McStay and James McKenzie; Willie McNeil and George Gilmour; John Lowe; Joe Keddie and Danny McKerrell.
    Scorer; Keddie. Extra Time played.

27th March 1937
Second XI Cup Second Round Second Replay Home v Dundee 0-1
Accies; Jimmy Jack; William Davidson and John Scott; Phil Watson; Davie Summers and James McKenzie; Willie McNeil and George Gilmour; John Lowe; Joe Keddie and Danny McKerrell.

20th April 1937   
The Board agreed that Chairman, Mr Lyon, should be nominated for the League Management Committee.

Retained list submitted; Jimmy Morgan, Jimmy Jack, Bobby Wallace, John Scott, William  Davidson,  Jacky Cox, John Thomson, Tom Jarvie, Davie Summers, Jimmy King, George Gilmour, Davie
Wilson, Bertie Harrison, Chris McNee, Joe Keddie, John Lowe and  Willie McNeil. Top wage being Wilson at £6 per week.
Freed; Jimmy Drummond, William Lawson, James McKenzie, Jimmy McStay, William Watson, Danny McKerrell and William Lawson. Open to transfer were William McGonagle, William Gardiner and John McGourty, all set at £100. Jamie Bulloch retained but not offered terms meantime in view of
    compensation being paid.

27th April 1937
It was agreed to guarantee an amount of £200 for a benefit to Davie Wilson.

Sheffield Wednesday enquire about Bertie Harrison. Fee set at £3,750.
   
Plymouth Argyle show an interest in Davie Wilson. Advised to put in an offer.

Following the death of the assistant trainer, Jimmy Dargue, who was also a former player, it was decided to interview John Ayres, George Oliver, Robert Stewart and Thomas Morgan with a view to filling the post.

3rd August 1937   
Rotherham enquire about William McGonagle.
Robert Stewart named as the new trainer.

9th August 1937   
James C. Lyon reaffirmed as Chairman.

The players are as follows, Back Row; John Scott and Bobby Wallace; Jimmy Morgan; Jacky Cox; John Thomson and Tom Jarvie.
Front Row; Jimmy King and George Gilmour; Davie Wilson; Bertie Harrison and Chris McNee.

The above players played to-gether in the closing matches of the 1936-37 season and also in the opening fixture of the following season.



August 1937
Pre Season Trial Match.

"A" Team; Jimmy Morgan; Bobby Wallace and John Scott; Jacky Cox; John Thomson and Tom Jarvie; Andrews and McMurdo; John Lowe; Joe Keddie and Monaghan.

"B" Team; Jimmy Jack; Jimmy McGurk and William Davidson; Hugh Findlay; Davie Summers and James Park; Jimmy King and George Gilmour; Davie Wilson; Bertie Harrison and Willie McNeil.

    2-2 Scorers for "A"; Lowe and McMurdo. "B" Scorer; Gilmour 2.

17th August 1937
The following new signings were announced; Thomas McGhee, an inside right from Blantyre Vics, James McGurk, a full back with Stonehouse Violet and James Park, a wing half from the latter club also.

It was agreed to increase the Manager's salary by £2 per week.

2nd September 1937
A letter was read from James S. Burns and Sons, Publishers, requesting permission to produce a club handbook free of cost. The meeting agreed to grant such permission.

The Scottish League had notified the club that Chris McNee had been picked for the game against the Irish League in Belfast the day prior to this meeting. Jacky Cox and Bertie Harrison were named in the reserve side, Harrison being the travelling reserve. Bobby McNeil to act as trainer to the League side.
Chris McNee also chosen to play in a trial match on 8th September at Firhill Park for a Charity Match against the English League.
Hugh Findlay, a right half, signed from Burnbank Athletic.

7th September 1937
Due to call offs for the above trial, the Scottish League asked for Bobby Wallace and Jacky Cox. Wallace being unfit, John Scott was accepted instead, Bobby McNeil again to act as trainer.

It was reported that Chris McNee did all that was asked of him without much support in the recent match in Ireland.

14th September 1937
Former Player, Bob Smellie, subscribed a guinea to the club, for which thanks was expressed.

21st September 1937
Chris McNee chosen as reserve for the match at Ibrox on 22nd against the English League.

12th October 1937
The club received a letter from Mr James Grant of Glasgow in which he explained that he had attended the match on 25th September, thinking, when seeing the crowd entering Douglas  Park, that it was the racecourse, he requested a refund of his entrance money, 2/-. It was not entertained.

Blackpool FC offer former player, Phil Watson, in exchange for either Chris McNee or Bertie Harrison. No action taken.

Manchester United asked for an option on Chris McNee.

Jackson Elphick offer to install Foam Baths at a cost of between £40 and £80. No other club has such a facility. Being considered.

19th October 1937
It was decided not to proceed with Foam Baths.

26th October 1937
John Cassidy signed from Mossend Celtic.

16th November 1937   
Middlesboro' enquire about Chris McNee.

    Motherwell offer £1,500 for Bertie Harrison, instantly refused.

7th December 1937   
Heart of Midlothian put in an offer of £2,500 for Davie Wilson, it was turned down.

In the meantime, Rangers offer of £3,000 for Bertie Harrison is accepted.

11th January 1938
William Hanna, formerly of Bangor City is signed.

    Christmas greetings received from; Mr and Mrs McKinlay of     Paisley, Mrs Urquhart of Edinburgh, the Managers of the Blythswood Hotel, Glasgow, and the Caledonian Hotel, Aberdeen,     also the LMS Railway Company, Motherwell.

18th January 1938
The latest signings were Hugh Drew from Chryston Guild and John Cook, Scottish Dyers.

5th February 1938
Second XI Cup First Round Away v Kilmarnock 1-4.
Accies; Jimmy Jack; William Davidson and John Scott; Hugh Findlay; William Hanna and Davie Summers; John Cook and John Cassidy; Willie McNeil; George Gilmour and James Park.
Scorer; Gilmour.

15th February 1938
John Scott asks to be placed on the transfer list. Refused.

10th March 1938
A similar request from Bobby Wallace is dealt with as above.
Brentford FC ask about Joseph Keddie.
Centre Forward, William Darge, signed from Portobello Thistle.

26th April 1938   
Retained; Jimmy Morgan, Bobby Wallace, Jimmy McGurk, John Scott, William Davidson, Jacky Cox, John Lowe, John Thomson, Hugh Drew, Davie Summers, Tom Jarvie, William Hanna, Jimmy King, Joe Keddie, John Cassidy, Davie Wilson, William Darge, George Gilmour, Hugh Findlay, Willie McNeil, Chris McNee and James Park.
Open to transfer were; McGonagle, Gardiner and McGourty at £50, and Jack at £350.
Those freed were, Jamie Bulloch, Thomas McGhee and John Cook.

3rd May 1938   
Liverpool wish to know if Jacky Cox available for transfer, they were     advised to put an offer to Accies.

A letter was received from Motherwell FC congratulating the club in retaining First Division status.

20th May 1938   
Heart of Midlothian offer £1,500 for Chris McNee. Considered  inadequate.

William Hanna and Dave Summers refuse the resigning terms, they were then granted free transfers.

28th July 1938   
A number of problems with players with regard to resigning, it was decided that if John Lowe did not accept terms he would be placed  on the transfer list at £1,000.Tom Jarvie accepted terms subject to holidays being agreed. Jimmy King was offered improved terms from £3 to £4 per week, with an extra 10/- when in the first team, if he refused he was to placed on the transfer list at £750.
Jacky Cox and George Gilmour were transferred to Preston North End and Falkirk respectively. The fee received for Cox was £1,200 while Gilmour fetched half of that.
Two new faces were Alex Trotter, formerly with Albion Rovers and Lawrie Cumming, late Queen of the South.
A further two players were being sought, £100 was offered for Gibby McKenzie of Queen of the South and £150 the price the club were prepared to pay Southampton for William Kennedy.

Dundee ask the price required for Willie McNeil. No figure given.

4th August 1938   
Pre Season Trial Match.
"A" Team; Jimmy Morgan; Bobby Wallace and John Scott; Gibby McKenzie; John Lowe and John Thomson; Matt Devine and John Cassidy; Innes; Pinkerton and James Park. William Darge in
    place of Innes in second half.
"B" team; Murgotroyd; William Davidson and Jimmy McGurk; Hugh Findlay; Joe Keddie and Hugh Drew; Willie McNeil and Alex Trotter; Davie Wilson; Lawrie Cumming and Chris McNee.
    Score 2-7. Scorers for "A" were Cassidy and Pinkerton. "B" scorers
    Wilson 4, Findlay, McNeil and Cumming.


9th August 1938   
McKenzie and Kennedy joined the club as did Matt Devine from Ayr United.

20th September 1938
Goalkeeper Peter Duncan signed from the Fife juvenile side, Bethkenner Rising Star.

4th October 1938
Brentford FC watch Jimmy McGurk and Tom Jarvie.

    Leicester City decide to watch Joe Keddie in the reserves. He did not play.

11th October 1938
Aberdeen ask a price for Jimmy McGurk. The Directors felt that £3,000 was reasonable.

18th October 1938
Goalkeeper Jimmy Morgan asked for permission to take up other employment. Manager to ascertain the nature of the work before     the Board could make a decision.

22nd October 1938
In a reserve match at Douglas Park against Raith Rovers, centre forward William Darge scored all of the goals in a 6-2 win for Accies.

25th October 1938
Jimmy Morgan given the permission to take up another job.

5th November 1938
Aberdeen beat Accies 5-0 at Pittodrie, on the same day at Douglas Park Aberdeen Reserves won 8-0.

8th November 1938
John Thomson asks for free transfer. Declined.

15th November 1938
Arbroath ask the price requested for John Thomson. They were told he was not for sale.
   
6th December 1938
John Boyle signed from Preston North End, with the following terms applying. If he was retained by Accies for season 1939-40, the English club would receive £150 and if he was transferred, 25% of the fee would go to them also.

Johnny Campbell, a goalkeeper, signed from Royal Albert.

21st January 1939
Second XI First Round Home v Ayr United 3-4.
Accies; Johnny Campbell; William Davidson and Jimmy McGurk; Hugh Findlay; Hugh Drew and Gibby McKenzie; Alex Trotter and James Park; William Darge; Lawrie Cumming and Matt Devine.
Scorers; Darge, Devine and Cumming (pen).

31st January 1939
Following the club being drawn in the Scottish Cup against Rangers at Ibrox, discussions took place with the Chief of Police should a replay be necessary and he felt that Douglas Park was not suitable for such a tie.

7th February 1939
The Reserve League Management Committee, having received numerous complaints as to the condition of the balls being provided in certain League matches, issued an instruction to all clubs that a new  ball should be provided for each game.

14th February 1939
There was a request from a player for the loan of £100 to purchase a business.

This was granted on the following repayment terms,£1 per week and £2 when in the first team.

7th March 1939
Director Fred C.Dodd was selected to accompany the Scottish team on their tour to Canada.

14th March 1939
Chris McNee selected to play against South of Ireland team in Dublin on 17th March.
Jimmy Morgan selected as a reserve.

18th March 1939
William Darge scores five goals in a 6-5 win for the reserves at Kilmarnock.

21st March 1939   
Mr Lyon gave a report on the match in Dublin.

The Scots were unimpressive, their best players being Carabine and Blair of Third Lanark. Delaney of Celtic had an outstanding first half.
Chris McNee was disappointing.

18th April 1939   
The Captain of the local TA Battalion of the Scottish Rifles was allowed to talk to the players about signing up.
A report was submitted by Messrs Pringle and Alexander about the condition of the playing surface. It was stated that owing to the clay soil, there were too few drains and that the ground requires severe piercing and plenty of ashes applied.

Players Retained were; Jimmy Morgan, Johnny Campbell, Bobby Wallace, John Scott, Jimmy McGurk, Gibby McKenzie, John Lowe, Tom Jarvie, John Thomson, Willie McNeil, Davie Wilson, William     Darge, William Kennedy, Joe Keddie, Chris McNee, Matt Devine and John Cassidy.
Typical terms being £3 per week in the close season, £3 per week during League season, plus £1 when in the first team.
Terms still to be offered to Jimmy King, John Boyle and James Park. Open to transfer was Jimmy Jack at £350.
Freed were; Peter Duncan, William Davidson, Hugh Findlay, Hugh Drew, Lawrie Cumming and Alex Trotter.

4th August 1939   
Pre Season Trial Match.
"A" Team; Jimmy Morgan; Bobby Wallace and John Scott; Gibby McKenzie; John Lowe and Tom Jarvie; Willie McNeil and John Cassidy; William Darge; John McNab and Black.
"B" team; Johnny Campbell; Andy Donaldson and Jimmy McGurk; William Hay; Joe Keddie and John Thomson; Matt Devine and William Kennedy; Davie Wilson; Bertie Harrison and Davie Wallace.
    Score 5-5. Scorers for "A", Darge 2, McNeil, McNab and Morgan (pen). "B", Harrison 2, Wilson 2 and Devine (pen).

August 1939
New players were; Andrew Donaldson from Royal Albert, David Wallace and John Boyle who had accepted the terms offered.
Bertie Harrison transferred from Rangers for £130, with Chris McNee going in the opposite direction for £1,550.

9th August 1939   
A club competition took place at Carnwath Golf Club, it was won by Willie McNeil with a score of 84 less 22. Best scratch score was Bertie Harrison with a 76. Mr J.T.Forgie made the presentation.
15th August 1939
A donation of Two Guineas was received from Sir Harry Lauder, the Directors decided to issue a Complimentary Director's Box Ticket.

26th September 1939
The Manager and Trainer take a reduction in wages due to the outbreak of war.

7th October 1939
Second XI Cup Away v Motherwell  1-4.

Accies; Jimmy Morgan; Bobby Wallace and John Scott; Gibby McKenzie; John Lowe and Tom Jarvie; Willie McNeil and William Kennedy; William Darge; Bertie Harrison and Bobby Reid.
Scorer; McNeil.

24th October 1939
Board agree to allow collections at 9 home games for the benefit of servicemen. The Board donated £5.
    Tom Jarvie was chosen to play against the Irish League in Belfast. Jimmy Morgan a reserve.

The Secretary reported that he had signed Bobby Reid from Sheffield  Wednesday, Davie McCulloch from Brentford, Gerry McAloon from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tom McIntyre of Hibs.

31st October 1939
A request from the BBC to broadcast the match on 23rd December against Rangers was granted.

14th November 1939
King's Park ask for Davie Wilson on loan. Declined

21st November 1939
Dumbarton ask as above and receive the same reply.

12th December 1939
Danny McKerrell signed from East Fife.

26th December 1939
John Telford signed from Clyde FC.

16th April 1940
Davie Wilson played for a Scottish League side against a KOSB XI at Berwick.

Retained List John Boyle, Johnny Campbell, John Cassidy, William Darge, Matt Devine, Bertie Harrison, William Hay, Tom Jarvie, William Kennedy, John Lowe, Jimmy Morgan, Jimmy McGurk, Tom McIntyre, Gibby McKenzie, Danny McKerrell, John McNab, James Park, John Telford, John Thomson, David Wallace, Bobby Wallace, Davie Wilson and John Scott.
McIntyre, McKerrell and Telford on loan.
    Accies players Willie McNeil and Joe Keddie were with Alloa Athletic and Hibernian respectively.

6th May 1940
Accies travelled to Aberdeen for a friendly match. They included a number of guests in the side which was; Joe Crozier (Airdrie); Bobby Wallace and Jimmy Carabine (Third Lanark);John Thomson; Jimmy Dykes (Hearts) and Tom Jarvie; Willie McNeil and Gerry     McAloon; Davie Wilson; Bertie Harrison and Tom Mooney (Airdrie).
    Accies won 5-1. The scorers were Wilson 2,Harrison 2 and Mooney

22nd May 1940
Lanarkshire Cup Semi Final tie at home against Airdrie.
The team was; Johnny Campbell; Bobby Wallace and John Scott; John Thomson; John Lowe and Tom Jarvie; Willie McNeil and Gerry McAloon; Davie Wilson; Bertie Harrison and Danny McKerrell.
The score was 2-2. Scorers were Wilson and Harrison.

Airdrie withdrew on condition that the Final would be played before the end of the season.

31st May 1940
Lanarkshire Cup Final at home to Motherwell. Accies lined up as;
Johnny Campbell; Jimmy McGurk and John Scott; Bobby Wallace; John Lowe and Tom Jarvie; Willie McNeil and Gerry McAloon; Davie Wilson; Bertie Harrison and Danny McKerrell.
It was 1-0 to Motherwell.

6th August 1940
New signings to the club were; John Park, returned from Newcastle United, Jacky Clark, Ayr United and Tommy Lang from Queen of the South.

September 1940
The Scottish Southern League was commenced with the following  conditions. Players wages were not to
exceed £2 per week when     training and playing and £1 per week when training only. The players may be terminated without prejudice to their registrations with the Scottish Football League, on a fortnights notice. Clubs will be allowed to play not more than three juniors players without registration. These players will only be allowed to play in three  games in a season for one or other clubs. The guarantee is £50
and 5% of all gates go to the League. The quota of complimentary tickets to visiting clubs is 10 Directors Box and 20 others, including players.
A meeting called to discuss the application by Clyde FC to play their home games at the ground of Shawfield Juniors. The Chairman was instructed to vote against such a move.
Jock Whiteford signed from Ayr United.

November 1940
On reaching his Golden Wedding, grounsdman and former player, Hugh Morgan received a subscription of £10 from the club. The players also gave him presents.

26th November 1940
SFA request the services of John Thomson for a representative match at Kirkcaldy on 14th December. This was agreed to.

24th December 1940
Blackpool FC ask for John Lowe. Granted.

25th January 1941
John Thomson selected for representative match at Dundee.

6th February 1941
Glentoran FC ask for Joe Keddie, this too was granted.

20th February 1941
Celtic offer Oliver Anderson on loan, this was accepted.

Motherwell keen to sign Tom Jarvie. A fee of £600 to £750 was asked for.

20th March 1941
G.Hopkins signed as an amateur from the RAF. A former Wolves player. Efforts were made to get Stanley Matthews from Stoke City.

5th June 1941
Robert Dougall signed on loan from Reading FC.


26th May 1941
Accies beat Rangers 3-1 in the Final of the Second Eleven Cup.


28th May 1941
Accies lose 3-0 to Rangers at Ibrox. Rangers win Cup 4-3 on     aggregate.

Players Retained; Jimmy Morgan, Johnny Campbell, Bobby Wallace, John Scott, Jimmy McGurk, Gibby McKenzie, Jock Whiteford, Tom Jarvie, Davie Wilson, John Cassidy. Gerry Mayes and Morton Dempster were invited to sign. Both asked for a bonus.

2nd October 1941
York City granted permission to play Jimmy Morgan if required.
   
John Anderson signed from Hibs. Issac McDowall signed from Cowdenbeath with the permission of Motherwell FC. Jimmy Kerr signed from Hibs and Tom Brady signed from St Mirren.

11th November 1941 
Rangers ask for John Cassidy and Tom Jarvie on a short term loan.

9th December 1941
Charlie Ferguson signed from Aberdeen.

16th December 1941
Jimmy Duncanson signed from Rangers in exchange for Morton Dempster.

February 1942
Alex Herd signed from Manchester City.

28th April 1942
A 2nd Round Second XI Cup tie was played versus Queen's Park.
Peter Grimes; Bobby Wallace and Jimmy McGurk; Gibby McKenzie; Jock Whiteford and Tom Jarvie; Tommy Adams and  Jimmy Duncanson; Davie Wilson; Charlie Ferguson and Bobby Reid. 4-2 to Accies, the scorers being Ferguson, Duncanson, Wilson and Wallace with a penalty.

12th May 1942
Celtic enquire about Jimmy McGurk.

15th May 1942
Semi Final of the Second XI Cup away to Clyde when the following eleven lost by 2-0.
Peter Grimes; Bobby Wallace and Jimmy McGurk; Gibby McKenzie; Jock Whiteford and Tom Jarvie; Tommy Adams and Alex Herd; Davie Wilson; Morton Dempster and Johnny Aitkenhead (on loan from Queen's Park).

Players Retained 1942
Peter Grimes, Bobby Wallace, John Scott, Jimmy McGurk, Gibby McKenzie, Jock Whiteford, Tom Jarvie, Tommy Adams, Morton Dempster, Davie Wilson, Ronnie Hood, Alex Herd and Bobby Reid.

4th March 1943
The following Directors resigned, Andrew S. Watson, Fred C. Dodd, Robert C. Wilson and John Phillips.
New Directors appointed were, John R. Allan, John Duncan, James T. Forgie and James McBain.

2nd April 1943
William Smith moved to Hibs on loan.

4th May 1943
East Fife granted the services of Davie Wilson and Gibby McKenzie. Hibs granted the services of Willie Smith and John Cassidy while Celtic used Bobby Wallace and Jimmy McGurk.

11th May 1943
Cheque for £1,000 received following the League Cup Semi Final tie against Rangers. Small balance still to come of £64 - 13 - 1.


4th August 1943
Trial Match.
 "A" Team v "B" Team 1-0. These were the men who     turned out. "A" Team; Johnny Campbell; Jimmy McGurk and  Tom Jarvie; Pat Daly; Cyril Johnstone and W. Moffat; Jess and Ronnie Hood; Rennie Clark; McTavish and Michael Ryan.

"B" Team;  Dunning; Jack Scott and John Boyle; Morton Dempster: Hugh Weir and K. Moffat; Jacky Jones and John Peddie; William Darge; Hugh Cameron and Willie McCall. McTavish was the scorer.

John McLay played at left back in the "A" side in the second half with Jarvie at left half and W. Moffat outside left vice Michael Ryan, who was a goalkeeper who had expressed a desire to play outfield. In the "B" Team Cameron and McCall switched positions in the second half.

7th August 1943
A practice match was played against 86th Regiment of the Royal Artillery which Accies won 3-0 with this side; Michael Ryan; John Shreave and Jimmy McGurk; Gibby McKenzie; Jock Whiteford and George Wright; Harry Thomson and George Hope: Willie Robinson; Morton Dempster and Davie Wilson. Scorers not known.

31st August 1943
Outside Left A. Smith required by Everton.

2nd September 1943
St Mirren offer Tom Brady in exchange for Gibby McKenzie. The Directors decide not to consider Brady, but ask £350 for Gibby. No business done.

11th September 1943
Right Back John (Jack) Scott signed from Burnbank Athletic.

21st September 1943
Bobby Wallace granted a free transfer.

12th October 1943
Charlton Athletic granted permission to play John Cassidy.

Two players, Matt Devine and William Darge, were POW, it was agreed to send them a parcel. Director John R. Allan offered £10.

5th November 1943
It was intimated that Alex Herd had been chosen to play for Scotland against an RAF XI the next day.
   
    St Mirren offered £225 for Gibby McKenzie. He went to Morton for £375.

21st December 1943
It was decided to ask if John Govan, on loan from Hibs, was for sale. Accies were prepared to offer £100.

28th December 1943
The manager, Willie McAndrew, was granted a bonus of £20.

25th January 1944
Tom Jarvie went on loan to Falkirk.

7th August 1944
It was decided to advertise for a new groundsman.

    Tom Jarvie asked for a benefit after 10 years or a free transfer. The Board did not entertain either.
   
    Willie Telfer of St Mirren was granted training facilities.
   
    James T. Forgie appointed Chairman.

15th August 1944
There was a request for bonus payments to the players, as the club had had a good year financially, it was under consideration.   
Walter Rothera of Shawfield Juniors under scrutiny.

22nd August 1944
It was decided to offer the job of groundsman to Davie Wilson at a wage of £4 -10/- per week.
   
It was also decided to pay a bonus of £7-10/- to certain players, ten in number and also the trainer.

29th August 1944
John Thomson appointed groundsman. Due to war duties neither Davie Wilson nor Bobby McNeil were able to take on the job.

19th September 1944
Michael Ryan and Jack Scott were transferred to East Fife.

17th October 1944
Bertie Harrison granted a free transfer at his own request due to poor health.
31st October 1944
John Lowe asked for a free transfer. Refused.

30th March 1945
Goalkeeper Michael Ryan asked to play at either outside left, where he had turned out in the pre season trial or centre forward. His request too was turned down.
The SFA announced that a Coaching Course was being run at Ibrox Stadium from 16th to 20th July.

17th April 1945
Club scratched from the Second XI Cup as a date for the tie at Kilmarnock could not be agreed.

1st May 1945
Motherwell request the services of Jimmy McGurk for one game. This was agreed to.

9th May 1945
Mr Peter Coia of the Cross Club met the Board re. the use of     Douglas Park for wrestling and boxing. It was agreed a fee of £25 and £150 respectively.

5th June 1945
All players except John Scott, Lanark, retained.
Guest players Harry McShane, Willie Buchan, Tommy Anderson and Oliver Burns were released.

14th August 1945
The Chief Constable of the Hamilton Burgh police intimated to the  club  that a charge would be made for police duties, but not in the meantime.


21st August 1945
Adam C. Muir appointed as a Director.

26th August 1945
Tom Jarvie granted free transfer.

6th November 1945
Aberdeen offer £1,000 for Willie McCall. Increased to £1,500.
   
23rd November 1945
Joe McLaughlin signed from Celtic for £500


4th December 1945
Reserve team players request win or draw bonus. Refused.

29th January 1946
First team players request as above, also refused.

25th July 1946
It was decided to appoint a Commissionaire.

3rd August 1946   
Trial Teams.
"A" Team :Johnny Campbell; Jimmy McGurk and Matt Devine; Pat Daly; Wattie Rothera and Joe McLaughlin; Jimmy McGuigan and Hutton Bremner; Jack Steel; John  Irvine and Archie Smith.
 "B" Team: Jack Nimmo; John Bonomy and Wilson; Jimmy Lindsay; Cyril Johnstone and John Peddie;
    Eddie Paterson and Hugh Gilmartin; Davie Devlin; Albert McMaster and Farr.
The "B" team won 5-4. No note of scorers.

8th August 1946
Player Albert McMaster returns to Ireland.

19th August 1946
Advertisement placed for a trainer/coach.

2nd September 1946
Four applicants for the above. No decision made.

15th October 1946
Albert McMaster transferred to Linfield for £250
Joe McLaughlin transferred to Aberdeen for £1,000.

5th November 1946
Johnny Campbell and Pat Daly asked to be placed on the transfer list. Refused.

4th April 1947
Pat Daly again requests transfer. This was agreed to.

29th April 1947
Johnny Campbell, Pat Daly, John Fitzsimmons and Hutton Bremner available for transfer.

17th May 1947
Second XI Cup tie at Cathkin Park v Queen's Park.
 Accies relied on; Johnny Campbell; Jimmy McGurk and Matt Devine; Dougie McBain; Chris Crainie and John Irvine; Jacky Jones and Davie Stewart; Archie Smith; Jocky Johnstone and Jimmy McGuigan
No further information.
27th May 1947
John Peddie asks for transfer.

3rd June 1947
Blackpool FC enquire about Tommy McVinish. Accies asking fee is £5,000.

July 1947
Burnbank Athletic ask for the use of Douglas Park until the end of November, while work was being carried out on their own ground.     This was agreed to.

25th August 1947
Pat Daly transferred to Morton.

16th September 1947
Local company offer to install sound system free of charge. Offer declined.

7th October 1947
George Gillan placed on transfer list.

A side from 18th October1947 in a Scottish League match at Douglas Park versus East Fife which was drawn, 2-2. Smith and Devine being Accies scorers..
Back row from left to right; Jimmy McGurk; Jocky Johnstone; Alex Norwood; Jimmy Timmins; Wattie Rothera and Bobby Anderson.
Front row; Davie Stewart; Archie Wright; Archie Smith; Johnny Martin and Matt Devine.

28th October 1947
Manchester United ask about Johnny Martin, club not interested in transfer.
Davie Devlin requests move from Hamilton. Meets with a refusal.   
BBC ask permission to broadcast match v Cowdenbeath on 20th December 1947. Granted.

4th November 1947
Letter received from SFA about a stone throwing incident at Leith.

17th November 1947
Duncan Ogilvie asks to be released. Club refuses.
   
    Johnny Garvie transferred on loan from Hibernian until the end of the season.

November 1947    Burnbank Athletic ask for use of Douglas Park until the end of the season, this was sanctioned.
George Gillan placed on transfer list at £950.

20th December 1947
Tommy McVinish misses his first ever match for the club, David Reid from Hawick Railway Amateur Club played.
17th February 1948
Willie Johnstone ex Raith Rovers appointed as trainer.

4th May 1948
Tommy McVinish's request for a transfer is turned down.

18th May 1948
A similar request from Archie Wright is accepted and the club states that offers will be considered.


8th June 1948
Liverpool FC express an interest in Archie Wright.

6th July 1948
Board grant permission for a Cycle Polo International at Douglas Park.

August 1948
Trial teams. "A" Team; Alex Norwood; Jimmy McGurk and Matt Devine; George Gillan; Wattie Rothera and Bobby Anderson; McLean and O'Brien; McLaren; Archie Smith and James Cummings.
"B" Team; Dickson (Thorniewood United); Sneddon (Lesmahagow Juniors) and Jocky Johnstone; Jimmy Timmins; Miller (Burnbank Athletic) and Beck (Mount Ellen United); John Mooney and John Peddie; Davie Devlin; Johnny Martin and Bill Irvine. The "A" team won 5-0. No scorers known.

19th October 1948
For the League Cup Quarter Final tie against Airdrieonians, the Directors decide that entry to the stand will be 5/-, the enclosure 3/-.

14th December 1948
Goalkeeper Jim Steadward joins the club on loan from Dundee FC.

20th April 1949
Friendly Match played away to Tarff Rovers with these players; Jim Steadward; Jocky Johnstone and Davie Devlin; John Peddie; Jimmy Timmins and Tommy McCabe; John Mooney and Charlie McMullen; Andy Jack; John McSeveney and Collins. Acas won 4-1.

The goals coming from Jack, Mooney, McSeveney and Collins.

27th September 1949
John R. Allan resigns from the Board of Directors.

13th December 1949
John Y. Robertson joins the Board of Directors.

17th January 1950
The Supporters Club seek permission to erect a hut to supply tea and refreshments. To be considered.

26th January 1950
SFA fine George Gillan £2 plus suspension.

7th March 1950
Johnny Martin asked to placed on the transfer list, this was agreed to if a suitable offer received.

14th April 1950
Wattie Rothera placed on the transfer list at his own request.

21st April 1950
George Gillan seeks transfer.

2nd May 1950
Director James T. Forgie resigns from Board.

6th June 1950
Supporters Club granted permission as above.
Matt Devine granted a Benefit Match. Celtic the opposition.
13th June 1950
George Gillan refused free transfer.

27th July 1950
Jacky Swan placed on the transfer list.

1st August 1950
The Supporters Club take over the issuing of the match programme for one year.
The lady who repairs the shorts etc., to be paid £2.
Various donation received at the club.

26th August 1950
Programmes cost 3d (Ip). Membership of the Supporters Club could be had for 2/6 for Gentlemen, 2/- for Ladies and Juniors 1/- (5p).

15th September 1950
Second XI Cup away at Dumbarton. The team was; Adam Bain; Jimmy Muir and Jocky Johnstone; Wattie Rothera; Davie Devlin and Johnny Martin; John McSeveney and Charlie McMullen; Bobby Hunter; George Gillan and Johnny Summers. The scorers in a 3-2 win were, Martin, McMullen and Hunter.


19th September 1950
Mr D. Wallace made a Director.

24th October 1950
Board take exception to an article in the Evening Times.

31st October 1950
The club had to pay 2/8 as share of referees report following the ordering off of Jimmy Timmins.

14th November 1950
12 tons of sand were purchased at 28/3 per ton.
George Gillan and Jacky Swan were placed on the transfer list at their own request.

28th November 1950
McGregor's intimate that goal nets are available at various prices ranging from £7-16-6 to £15-12-1 per set.

15th December 1950
Luton Town notify Acas that Tom Kiernan is available. Cash or exchange to be pursued.

19th December 1950
Jim Goodfellow signed as an amateur from Hamilton Cross Club.
   

26th December 1950
Jimmy McGurk suspended by the SFA for 14 days.

January 1951
Jacky Swan moves to Arbroath.

28th January 1951
Goalkeeper George Taylor signed from Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic. Tommy Todd signed from Stonehouse Violet.
2nd February 1951
Willie Hamilton signed from Queen of the South.

19th February 1951
Second XI Cup tie at home to Dunfermline Athletic. Acas; Adam Bain; John Provan and Jimmy McGurk; George Gillan; Jimmy Timmins and Willie Hamilton; John McSeveney and Sam McDougall; John Mooney; Charlie McCutcheon and Johnny Summers. Timmins scored twice for Acas in 2-2 draw.

22nd February 1951
Charlie McMullen placed on the transfer list at a fee of £1,500.

7th March 1951
Replay side was; Adam Bain; John Provan and Jocky Johnstone; Jimmy Timmins; Davie Devlin and Wattie Rothera; George Taylor and Charlie McKenna; Bobby Hunter; Charlie McMullan and John McSeveney. The home side won 2-1. Hunter scoring for Hamilton.

3rd May 1951
Bobby Hunter transferred to Motherwell.

24th May 1951
Application for wrestling at Douglas Park.

17th June 1951
Bobby Wilson signed from Newarthill Hearts.
Luminous flags were purchased for the linesman at £1 for a pair.

2nd July 1951
Southampton interested in Johnny Martin.

12th July 1951
Secretary/Manager, Jimmy McStay had his contract terminated.

29th July 1951
Short leet drawn up for the managers post.
   
August 1951
Wattie Rothera transferred to Queen of the South.

Andrew Wylie appointed manager.
Sam McDougall and Peter Bradley freed.

13th August 1951
Bobby Shearer signed from Burnbank Athletic. Ian Jeffrey signed from Whitburn Juniors.
2,000 programmes to be published for each match.
15th August 1951
The following players were signed, Jimmy Benson from Kilmarnock, Jimmy Paterson, Albion Rovers and Jacky Moyes, Third Lanark.

4th September 1951
John Provan asked that his registration be cancelled.

15th October 1951
Sunderland offered £5,500 for John McSeveney.

29th October 1951
John McSeveney transferred to Sunderland with Bobby Cunning joining Acas from there. Part of the deal was that should Cunning be transferred from Acas within 3 months half the fee would go to Sunderland.
John Anderson cost £575 when he was signed from Stirling Albion.
Match versus Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park delayed, the players did not come off at half time and the match finished at 4.30pm.

19th November 1951
Charlie McCutcheon's transfer request was turned down.

3rd December 1951
John Lowe appointed as Secretary/Assistant Manager.

17th December 1951
The Supporters Club arranged a Christmas Treat for 200 OAP’s of the town in the Town Hall. There was to be a variety concert thereafter with a well known public figure as Master of Ceremonies.

10th March 1952
Willie Hamilton raised action against the club at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

April 1952
Davie Devlin was captain of the Scottish Second Division side which defeated a representative side from the Irish League by 6 goals to nil.

24th April 1952
Players retained were; George L. Taylor, Jimmy Muir, Jocky Johnstone, Bobby Wilson, Davie Devlin, Johnny Martin, Ian Jeffrey, Bobby Shearer, John Gallacher, Steve Russell, George Meek, John Mooney, Tommy Todd, Ian Rae, John Brownlie and Bobby Cunning. Open to transfer at £500 was Johnny Anderson. These players were freed; Jimmy Benson, Jimmy Paterson, Jimmy Timmins, George M. Taylor, Charlie McMullen and Charlie McCutcheon.

May 1952
Civic reception by the Provost and Councillors for Cardiff City.

June 1952
Dick Hamilton the former Motherwell goalkeeper to be interviewed by Acas manager.
The club decided to participate in the following 5 a side tournaments, Barrhead 7th June, Lanark 12th June, Motherwell 14th June and Helenvale on the 17th June.

17th June 1952
The Directors decide not to run a reserve side.

1st July 1952
Walter Elder co-opted on to the Board to replace Adam Muir who had resigned.
9th July 1952
Ground improvements being carried out.

25th August 1952
Inverness Thistle sign Bobby Shearer as he is stationed near there.

1st September 1952
George Meek transferred to Leeds United for a fee of £2,500.


14th October 1952
George Taylor asks for a transfer.

20th October 1952
Cowdenbeath ask about Bobby McKirdy. Turned down.

1st November 1952
The gate drawings v St Johnstone were £526.

8th November 1952
Reserves beat HMS Lochinver XI at Douglas Park by 8 goals to 1. John Mooney scores 5.

10th November 1952
Bobby McKirdy granted a free transfer.

24th November 1952
A very amicable meeting was held with representatives of the Supporters Club re supplying track suits for the players.

The transfer of John Mooney to Lincoln City was called off.

4th December 1952
The transfer of John Farrell from Alloa Athletic off as the asking price was too high.

5th January 1953
More turnstiles to be purchased.

12th January 1953
Boys gate to be opened in the stand.


19th January 1953
Discussion took place re. special trains being run from Strathaven, Stonehouse, Larkhall and Motherwell.

27th January 1953
Kilmarnock were allocated 200 stand and 200 enclosure tickets for the forthcoming Scottish Cup tie on 7th February.

The match finished 2-2 and attracted an attendance of 19,210.

Accies won the replay 2-0 in front of 13,000 at Rugby Park.

9th February 1953
Goalkeeper Jim Ritchie selected to play for Scotland v Ireland in an Amateur International in Belfast on 14th February.

21st February 1953
The Second Round Scottish Cup tie at Cathkin Park between Third Lanark and Accies finished 1-0 to the home side before a crowd of 26,234. Those wearing the visitors colours were; Jim Ritchie; Jimmy
Masterton and Jocky Johnstone; Ian Jeffrey; Davie Devlin and Johnny Martin; Willie Young and Tommy Todd; Ian Rae; Danny Stillie and Bobby Cunning.

9th March 1953
The club were represented at a meeting in Glasgow to discuss a four leagues set up. To be left for further meeting.

6th April 1953
A friendly was played against Brantwood FC from the Irish League.

13th April 1953
Chairman John Y. Robertson thanked everyone for their help and support in the club gaining promotion.

28th April 1953
The following players were released on a free transfer, Bobby Kerr, John Purdon, J.Reilly, John Mooney, Tom McGairy, Jimmy Masterton and Jimmy Muir.

These were the men who won promotion for the club during season 1952-53.
Back row left to right; Jimmy Masterton; Jocky Johnstone; Jim Ritchie; Bobby Wilson; Ian Jeffrey; Davie Devlin and Johnny Martin.
Front row; Willie Young; Danny Stillie; Ian Rae; Sandy Logan and Bobby Cunning.

In the background are Willie Johnstone (Trainer), Walter Elder (Director), David Wallace (Director) and Hamilton Jamieson (Director).

5th May 1953
Charlie Ferguson and John Lindsay signed from Hearts.

29th May 1953
Guarantees were raised as follows. "A" Division £300, "B" Division £150.

3rd June 1953
Mr Robertson-Aikman resigns from the Board.

15th June 1953
Mr Robert A. Thom is co-opted on to the Board.

30th June 1953
Syd Bathgate transferred from Chelsea. George Scott secured from Hibs with John Scott arriving from Eyemouth United.

Renovations taking place throughout the ground.

14th July 1953
It was agreed that checkers and money takers to be paid 10/- for all League and Cup first team matches.

4th August 1953
George Brown signed from Stenhousemuir for a fee of £500.

5th September 1953
Acas marked their return to the First Division with a 2-0 home win over Celtic.   

22nd September 1953
The local MP to be contacted with regard to Entertainment Tax.

Letters sent to shareholders asking them to increase their holdings.

29th September 1953
Joe Houston signed from Aldershot.

6th October 1953
It was proposed that the team be selected by a committee made up as follows, the Chairman plus one other Director and the Manager.

10th October 1953
For the match at Aberdeen, the Supporters bus was leaving at 7am and returning at midnight after the game.

13th October 1953
Selection committee as above plus an additional Director.

3rd November 1953
Tommy Barrett and Ian Crawford signed on loan from Hibernian.

17th November 1953
Manager Andrew Wylie resigns.

Willie Young asks for transfer
Harry Hunter signed from Royal Albert.

27th November 1953
7 applicants for the post of Manager interviewed.

29th November 1953
Supporters Club pass vote of confidence in the Board of Directors.

4th December 1953
Jacky Cox named as the new Manager, with John Lowe as Secretary/Assistant Manager.

22nd December 1953
Ian Jeffrey transferred to Ayr United.

12th January 1954
Bobby Walker bought from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £1,000.

31st January 1954
Supporters Club make a donation of £100 to-wards ground improvements.


9th February 1954
Bobby Shearer senior, appointed as groundsman. He replaced John Thomson who had been connected with the club for nearly 30 years having taken over the groundsman’s duties from Hugh Morgan. John was an uncle of the former player of the same name.
16th February 1954
John Scott released on loan to Eyemouth United.
Plans to be submitted by the Supporters Club for a covered enclosure.

1st March 1954
Scottish Cup tie v Celtic to be all ticket. Stand 5/-, Enclosure 3/6 and Ground 2/-.   
Syd Bathgate on a temporary transfer to Keith FC.

13th March 1954
Accies and Celtic met in the Quarter Final of the Scottish Cup at Douglas Park before an all ticket crowd of 22,000, although it was said that there were many more present as a gate had been broken down thus allowing hundreds more in free of charge. The visitors won 2-1. Tommy Todd being Accies marksman on the day.

27th March 1954
The match programme for the First Division game versus Clyde carried an article under the heading “Wot, no 18-Club League?”. The writer went on to say that in previous years the press had suggested reorganising the League, however as the two bottom clubs, Acas and Airdrieonians, were among the less fashionable, there was no outcry this year.

30th March 1954
Letter from SFA about a bottle throwing incident at the cup match v Celtic.

6th April 1954
Players Retained were; Alex Stott, Joe Houston, Johnny Martin, Tommy Todd, George Scott, Bobby Shearer, George Brown, Joe Young, Bobby Walker, Harry Hunter, John Brownlie, George Falconer, Andy Barlow. Open to transfer, Jim Ritchie, Syd Bathgate, Willie Young, Ian Rae and Bobby Cunning.
Players freed; Jocky Johnstone, Charlie Ferguson, Bobby Wilson, John Waddell,  John Lindsay, Danny Stillie, Sandy Logan, Andy Jackson, John Scott, Tom Simpson, Willie Blaike and John Gallacher.

13th April 1954
Discussion on ground capacity. 32,500 mentioned.
John Y. Robertson a candidate for League Management Committee.

25th May 1954
Cheque for £5 received from Supporters Club to cover the loss of a pair of boots and a shinguard while they had the use of the ground on 8th May 1954.

15th June 1954
It was decided to buy a safe for the club office at a cost of £11.

22nd June 1954
Supporters Club allowed to buy 50 shares at £1 each.

To be in the name of the
President.

A decision was taken not to have a reserve side.

3rd August 1954
Club severely censured and fined £10 by the Scottish League due to the withdrawal of the Reserve team from the "C" Division.
The opening match of the season brought Forfar Athletic to Douglas Park for a Scottish League Cup tie which Accies won 2-0 thanks to Brown and Blair on 14th August 1954.

Back row; Jim Cron; Ronnie Boyd; Bobby Quinn; Joe Houston; Tommy Barrett and Johnny Martin.
Front row; Frank Quinn ; Bobby Walker; Bobby Shearer; George Brown and Jim Blair.

7th September 1954
Bobby Cunning transferred to Rangers at a fee of £2,500. Peter Armit purchased from Stenhousemuir. Willie Young and £225 going to Ochilview. Jim Ritchie freed.

14th September 1954
Directors Thom and Duncan resigned.

5th October 1954
Chairman, John Y. Robertson resigned due to health reasons. Mr Hamilton Jamieson appointed in his place.
19th October 1954
John Brownlie allowed to leave on a free transfer.

The Supporters Club sought permission to install a relay system to Udston Hospital. Agreed.

2nd November 1954
Discussion took place about the financial position of the club.

23rd November 1954
Stenhousemuir approached re Jimmy Silcock. No business done.

16th December 1954
Mr Walter Elder delegated to attend a meeting in Stirling with regard to the financial plight of the "B" Division clubs. Meeting convened by Dunfermline Athletic.

25th January 1955
Ground capacity agreed at 25,000.

1st February 1955
£3,000 received from Clyde for George Brown.

8th February 1955
Letter sent to St Mirren congratulating them for the manner in which they accepted the defeat in the Scottish Cup.

8th March 1955
Ian Rae's transfer fee reduced to £250. Hugh McPherson brought from Derby County.

Supporters Club submit plans for a covered enclosure, 90 feet in length at a cost of £1,771. It was decided to go ahead with the plans, the Board acting as guarantors for £1,000.

26th April 1955
In a friendly match away to Thorniewood United, Acas player, Andy McDonald died.

28th June 1955
Ian Rae freed.

5th July 1955
Permission given for referees to train at Douglas Park.
Board advised a deputation from the Supporters Club that they could no longer act as guarantors for the proposed covered enclosure.
2nd August 1955
Following a burglary, in which £11- 14/- in cash as well as a pair of boots and a match ball had been stolen, it was decided to install an alarm system.
23rd August 1955
Club withdrew from the Second XI Cup.

Jim Cron seeks a free transfer.

13th December 1955
Tommy Barrett suspended by the club for a month.

17th December 1955
A special meeting of the Directors was held to discuss the state of the club financially.

20th December 1955
Bobby Shearer moved to Ibrox for £2,750.

17th January 1956
General Electric Company suggest installing floodlights.
Declined meantime.

24th January 1956
Swindon Town offer Matthew Gemmell in exchange for either Ronnie Boyd or George Scott.
Offer declined.

31st January 1956
Letter received from the SFA about the amount of adverts for betting in a recent programme.

7th February 1956
The club were instructed to remove the above adverts.

Stranraer ask for players, Jim Cron and Ronnie Boyd, £300 asked for their transfer.

11th February 1956
Former Chairman, James C. Lyon died.

Andrew Millar, a former Heart of Midlothian player  joined the Board.

28th February 1956
The local MP, Tom Fraser, to be contacted re Entertainment Tax.

Letter of appreciation from Blantyre Celtic following the presentation of a full strip and a ball.


Back row; Jim Richmond; Joe Young; Bobby Quinn; Bob Milligan and Tommy Barrett.
Front row; Eddie Rutherford; Johnny Woods; Bobby Hunter; John Reid and Peter Armit.

10th April 1956
Players Retained.
Jim Samson, Jim Richmond, Joe Young, Pat Holton, Harry Hunter, Bobby Quinn, Tommy Sommerville, Peter Armit, Joe Miller, Hugh McPherson, Bobby Walker, George Scott, Tommy Barrett and John Reid.
Freed; Joe Houston, Bob Milligan, Johnny Martin, Ronnie Boyd, Eddie Rutherford, Jim Cron, George Millar and Willie Barclay. Johnny Woods returned to Rangers and Bobby Hunter went back to Motherwell at the end of their loan spell.

30th April 1956
Billy Thomson signed from Bellshill Athletic.
21st August 1956
John Lowe appointed Manager/Secretary following Jackie Cox leaving to take over as Manager with Ayr United.

September 1956
A presentation was made by Thomas Rankin on behalf of the Supporters Club to the four ball boys, which consisted of oilskins, tracksuits and pants.
Jim McLean signed.
11th September 1956
Scout and former player, George Gilmour, recommended John White of Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic to the club.
Pat Holton transferred to Motherwell.

9th October 1956
Former player, George Gillan, offers his services as a scout, this is accepted by the manager.

16th October 1956
The Board grant permission for Schools International match at Douglas Park on 13th April 1957.

6th November 1956
Trainer, Bobby Reid, resigns and go to Ayr United.

13th November 1956
14 applicants for the post of trainer.
Adam Good appointed on a part time basis.

14th January 1957
Mr John Naismith joins the Board of Directors.

12th February 1957
Motherwell offer Bobby Hunter in exchange for John Reid. This was declined.

19th February 1957
Mr Archie B. Miller welcomed as a Board member.

George Scott allowed to leave the club on a free transfer.

12th March 1957
Leeds United enquire about Jim Richmond.

16th March 1957
The pre match entertainment in the League fixture against Alloa Athletic, is provided by Captain T.J.Bond and his Butlin’s Young Ladies. Sam Hastings appeared as a trialist and scored.

26th March 1957
Shrewsbury Town next to enquire about Jim Richmond. Acas quote £4,000.

30th March 1957
With 6 games left to play Accies lost 4-1 at St Johnstone. The remaining games were all played in a spell of 21 days in April, the final 3 at Douglas Park culminating in a 4-0 win over East Stirlingshire. Gerry Tracy and John Reid each scoring twice. Accies lined up; Jim Samson; Jim Richmond and Joe Young; Bobby Walker; Bobby Quinn and Johnny Woods; Willie Currie and Peter Aitchison; Gerry Tracy; John Reid and John Shearer.
2nd April 1957
Johnny Woods seeks transfer.

10th April 1957
Players retained. Johnny Woods, Joe Young, Bobby Quinn, Jim Richmond, Jim Samson, John Reid, Bobby Walker, Hugh McPherson and Tommy Barrett. To be reviewed. Willie Currie, Gerry Tracy, Billy Thomson and Jim McLean. Freed. Peter Armit, Harry Hunter, Tommy Sommerville, Willie Mason, Alex Sharpe, George Grant, Willie Boyd, Tommy Dair, Willie Montgomery, Johnny Aitkenhead and Peter Aitchison.

21st May 1957
Norwich City, Bradford City and Workington interested in John Reid.

2nd July 1957
John Y. Robertson resigns from the Board.

9th July 1957
The club were fined £10 and severely censured by the SFA for sending Director A.Miller to a meeting for which he was ineligible.

6th August 1957
Two new signings were D.Leiper from Bonkle United and J.Donaldson  from Darvel


The players above are as follows; Back row left to right; John Strickland; Jim Richmond; Jim Samson; Bobby Quinn; Joe Young and Willie Robertson. Front row; Willie Currie; Billy Thomson; Gerry Tracy; John Reid and Sam Hastings.
 This side won 3-2 versus Albion Rovers in the Scottish League Cup at Douglas Park on 14th August 1957.

13th August 1957
Malky McClure signed on a months trial.
28th September 1957
Jimmy Easton, Larkhall Thistle's outside right played on trial.

2nd October 1957
Leeds United interested in Sam Hastings.

29th October 1957
Billy Thomson granted a free transfer.

20th November 1957
The club was invited to open Workington Town’s new floodlighting system. In front of 5,614 the hosts won 6-1.

3rd December 1957
John Reid transferred to Bradford City for a £2,500 fee. Jim Gillespie a junior trialist from Kello Rovers.

17th December 1957
Willie Currie moves to St Johnstone in exchange for Ian Samson.

11th February 1958
A letter of sympathy sent to Manchester United following the Munich air crash.
Junior trialists were Walter Agnew, Strathclyde Juniors, Alex Anderson, Lesmahagow Juniors, John Reilly, Duntocher Hibs and Alex Berry of Ormiston Primrose.

March 1958
Anderson and Agnew signed for the club.

25th March 1958
Gerry Tracy given a free transfer as he was going to Ireland.



21st April 1958
Players Retained.
Johnny Woods, Joe Young, Jim Richmond, Jim Samson, Bobby Walker, Jim McLean, John Strickland, Sam Hastings, Tommy Barrett, Walter Agnew and Stan Anderson. Possible; Joe McCabe. Freed were Willie Robertson, Lewis McKenzie, Guy Lennox and Ian Samson.

5th August 1958
Supporters Club granted the use of the trainers room for meetings until  further notice. It was also agreed that the supporters could travel in the team bus to away games when only a few of them were going to away matches.

9th August 1958
Hugo Blair signed from Burnbank Swifts and Danny Ferguson from Ormiston Primrose.

11th August 1958
Charlie McGuire of Burnbank Athletic joins the club.

25th August 1958
Danny McLinden signed from Shotts Bon Accord.
George Wilson (Stonehouse) Ltd were paid £6-8-11 for goalposts.

1st September 1958
Team members were paid £2 extra bonus following good displays in the League Cup.

18th November 1958
Board refused Dumbarton FC's request to finish their forthcoming match under floodlights.

22nd November 1958
The top of the table clash with Ayr United resulted in a 0-0 draw in front of 10,000 at Douglas Park.

2nd December 1958
James Smith co-opted to the Board.

30th December 1958
David Currie signed from Birmingham City.

13th January 1959
Registration of Danny McLinden cancelled.

25th March 1959
For a reported fee of £10,000, Danny Ferguson and Bobby Walker move to Heart of Midlothian.

31st March 1959
Letters of resignation from James Smith and Archie Miller accepted by the Board with regret.

6th April 1959
Letter received from Canadian FA regarding Johnny Woods and Tommy Barrett.

19th May 1959
Jim Ferguson former Airdrieonians, signed.
Players resigned were Jim Samson, Willie Dick, Joe Young, John Strickland, Thomson Brown, Wattie Roy, Jim McLean, Sam Hastings, Charlie McGuire, Stan Anderson and Johnny Divers.
Two players still to resign were Charlie Mackie and Davie Currie.

31st August 1959
It was agreed to play the match at Falkirk under floodlights.

24th October 1959
To assist the club financially, two Directors agreed to purchase additional shares.

24th November 1959
Stan Anderson transferred to Rangers. His former junior club, Lesmahagow, were given a donation of £25.
3rd May 1960
Letters of congratulation sent to St Johnstone and Dundee United on their gaining promotion.

12th October 1960
In front of 15,000 at Ibrox, Acas are defeated 5-1 by Kilmarnock in the Semi Final of the Scottish League Cup.

6th December 1960
Share of the gate v Kilmarnock amounted to £848-1-2.

February 1961
In a Supporters v Players quiz, the players represented by Jim McLean, Willie Hinshelwood and Jim Ferguson, win by half a point.

Jim McLean transferred to Clyde.
4th April 1961
It was agreed not to run a second team.

7th August 1961
It was decided to extend the covered enclosure.

15th August 1961
In a Scottish League Cup match at Hamilton, visitors, East Stirlingshire hold Acas  in a 4-4 draw.
Three days later, Ayr United visit Douglas Park in the same competition and another 4-4 game results. On this occasion Willie Forsyth scores all the home goals.

November 1961
Johnny Divers transferred to Clyde FC.

12th December 1961
For a fee of £300, Willie Ferns came to Hamilton from Partick Thistle.

16th January 1962
Jim Samson asks for a transfer.

6th February 1962
It was decided to refund 10/- to a spectator who had written in to the club to say that he had been given short change.

13th February 1962
Brighton and Hove Albion offer £2,000 for Sam Hastings. It was turned down.

30th March 1962
Mr Walter Elder represented the club at a meeting in Glasgow convened by the Scottish League to discuss reconstruction of the leagues.
8th May 1962
Mr Hamilton Jamieson resigned from the Board of Directors.

Board agrees to accept offers for Jim Samson.

19th June 1962
Season ticket prices were set as follows; Debenture Stand £5, Stand £4, Ground £2, Youths were reduced from 16/- to 12/6.

6th July 1962
Jim Samson transferred to Airdrieonians for £1,000.

17th July 1962
East Stirling enquire re Jacky McQueen and Davie Currie. The Board advise that Currie would be available for £2,000.

18th September 1962
Andy Mann joins the club on a months trial. Johnny King offered to Dumbarton in a swap deal for John Kilgannon. No business done.

17th October 1962
Pat Holton rejoined the club on a two months trial.

18th December 1962
T.C.Wilson co-opted to the Board.

2nd January 1963
The first ever match to be televised at Douglas Park when Acas met Forfar Athletic in a 2-2 game. The highlights were shown on STV later that night.

12th February 1963
A.M.Jackson became Secretary/Treasurer of the club.

5th March 1963
Douglaspool set up.

2nd April 1963
English First and Second Division clubs were circulated about the availability of Jacky Hutton.

9th April 1963
Attendance at the Lanarkshire Cup tie v Motherwell  on 6th April was only 878. Share of the gate was £41-19-7.

18th June 1963
It was decided that no one could be elected to the Board without all members of Board agreeing to it.
The price of a boys season ticket was further reduced to 10/-.

19th August 1963
Mr Andy Paton, the Manager was congratulated in signing Stan Anderson.
It was agreed that 5 be the minimum number of shares to be held in future.

7th January 1964
John Crines co-opted to the Board.

21st January 1964
William McKeown also joins the Board.

At this time the Development Section was very successful and was making regular donations to the club.

15th February 1964
Queen’s Park entertained Acas at Hampden in a Scottish League tie which was Acas 2000th in the competition. The visitors lined up as follows; Billy Lamont; John Strickland and Robin McKechnie; Alec
Scott; Willie “Togo” Johnston and Stan Anderson; Johnny Frye and Davie Currie; Bobby Steel; Sam Forrest and Tommy Carmichael. Queens won 2-0.

3rd March 1964
John Gilmour signed from Wishaw Juniors.

23rd March 1964
At a meeting of the SFA on League reconstruction, the motion for change was defeated.


28th April 1964
Players Retained.

Billy Lamont, Pat Holton, Jim Small, Stan Anderson, Sam Forrest, Johnny Frye, Davie Currie, Willie Forsyth, John Gilmour and Sam Hastings. Ford Neilson, who was an amateur would be asked to resign.

5th May 1964
Mr Crines suggested that the players wages be linked to the club's attendances.

1st June 1964
The terms for playing staff were set as follows;

£5 per week plus bonuses of £1 for attendances of between 3,000 and 4,000 and thereafter £2 for every 1,000.

Stand Season Tickets raised by 10/-. A letter was to sent to every town trader asking them to purchase a stand ticket.

August 1964
The season opened with the club having only 13 signed players.

Stan Anderson returned to Douglas Park.

12th September 1964
In a Scottish League match at Dumbarton, Willie Forsyth scored all the goals in a 4-0 win.

31st October 1964
In the match at Montrose which Acas won 2-1 to maintain their unbeaten away record in the League there were less than a dozen travelling fans.

9th February 1965
Letter from the SFA re the ordering off of Davie Currie, neither the club nor the player were able to name the actual Hamilton player involved.

Players were unhappy at the bonus paid for the cup tie against Rangers, they had anticipated £2 for every 1,000 over 6,000.

14th April 1965
By scoring the only goal of the game at Ayr, Willie Forsyth netted Accies 100th goal of the season, in League, League Cup and Scottish Cup matches.

26th April 1965
It was agreed to retain all but one player, and operate with a pool of 15 or 16.

5th May 1965
Terms for the new season. £8 basic plus £4 while in the first team, plus £4 win bonus and an additional £2 for every 1,000 over 5,000.

24th May 1965
Season Tickets. Stand £6 and £4. Ground £3-10/- and £2 for OAP, £1-15/- for boys.



Back row from left to right;
Peter McClare; Jim Small; John Gilmour; Sam Forrest; Billy Lamont; Pat Holton and Willie Hinshelwood. Centre row; Bobby Alexander; Willie Forsyth; Andy Paton (Manager); Stan Anderson; Davie Currie and Johnny Frye. Front row; Jim Caughey; Bobby Burnside and John Bustard.


August 1965
It was recorded that Willie McAndrew, a former Manager, had died.
New signings included Andy Bowman and Bert McCann, two experienced players.

17th August 1965
The Town Council were thanked for the Civic Reception for the club.

6th November 1965
Acas biggest ever defeat when Hibernian won 11-1 in a Scottish League match at Easter Road.

19th December 1965
Stanley George Baxter, Club Secretary from about 1900 until 1925, died at his home in Rutherglen. He was also a Director from 1914 until 1919.

1st March 1966
Another notification re League reconstruction was discussed. It was decided to vote against it.

January 1966
Full back, Tommy Halpin, chosen for the Scottish Youth team.

August 1966
For the new season clubs would be allowed to introduce a substitute but only for an injured player.

New players introduced were Allan Thomson, John Vint, Alistair Millar, Johnny Wiseman and Alistair McCulloch. The first three had previous senior experience while the others were former Dalziel High School players.

17th September 1966
Jim Caughey became the first player to appear as a substitute when he replaced Jacky Mordue in the match against Alloa Athletic at Recreation Park.

10th January 1967
J.Crines appointed to liase between Board and Manager re team selection.

22nd February 1967
It was agreed that the Manager have full team control.

28th February 1967
Brechin City to be notified that their proposal on reconstruction would not be supported by Acas.

7th March 1967
If Clyde FC were defeated in the Scottish Cup, a bonus of £20 would be paid to first team playing staff.

25th March 1967
The programme of the day stated that “Douglas Park is to have floodlights soon”.

11th April 1967
Discussion took place re the declaration of a dividend.

29th April 1967
Acas finish in 4th place in the Second Division behind Morton, Raith Rovers and Arbroath.

20th June 1967
Offer from Notts County for John Gilmour.

28th June 1967
Discussion on the provision of floodlighting.
July 1967
John Gilmour moves to Kilmarnock at a fee of £3,000.

August 1967
Sam Forrest the only player still to resign. He was put on the transfer list at £1,500.

29th August 1967
A suggestion was put forward that 100 tickets be made available to local schools for home games.
Transfer request from Ian Horn.

September 1967
SFA reduce Sam Forest’s fee to £500.

It was announced that work on the new floodlights would start shortly. A signature was required from a Director who was currently on holiday.

October 1967
Sam Forrest resigns.

9th April 1968
It was decided to do nothing further about a Social Club, viz, Glenlee House.

16th April 1968
Charges for use of ground. £10 or 10% of gross receipts. Schools or Educational Authorities would be charged £5.

23rd April 1968
Manager Andy Paton to leave the club on 4th May. John Crines to take charge meantime.
The Town Clerk of East Kilbride to be contacted re informal talks.

September 1968
After a successful start in the Scottish League Cup, Accies meet Celtic in the Quarter Finals over two legs. The Parkhead side progress after their 2-0 win at home and 4-2 at Douglas Park.
In the Hamilton match a youngster by the name of Dalglish appeared as a substitute on his debut for the Glasgow club.

8th October 1968
Vic Wardrop given a free transfer.

18th November 1968
Tommy Halpin placed on the open to transfer list.

30th December 1968
AGM of the club. No details.

January 1969
Billy Lamont announced as Player/Manager

15th July 1969
Extraordinary General Meeting.
Special resolution passed re Article 75, ie., The number of Directors, (Other than Special Directors), shall not be less than 3 nor more than 8, though Directors may co-opt Special Directors, in such terms as the Directors may decide, who shall be appointed to the Board by rotation, as recommended by the Directors and approved at a General Meeting. The number of Special Directors shall not exceed 8.

5th August 1969
The following gentlemen were co-opted, Robert Gibb, James W. Watson, William Carlin, John Hilley, Jan Stepek and Joseph Friel.
13th August 1969
There was press speculation about Airdrieonians being interested in Jim Small.

August 1969
A new style programme with red and white hoops on the front cover was introduced by the Supporters Club.

3rd September 1969
Mr Crines stated that he had obtained names of firms who would be willing to supply a football for the club. Mr Hilley was exploring the use of advertising, while Mr Gibb and Mr Watson were considering a brighter programme and using advertising space.

1st October 1969
A letter of resignation was received from Team Manager, Mr Billy Lamont.

5th November 1969
Meeting held to appoint a Part Time Manager. Six applicants were interviewed, Tommy Ewing selected.

3rd December 1969
Mr Stepek reported on a meeting with the Polish Consul with regard to football connections for and with Hamilton Academical Football  Club.
23rd December 1969
AGM showed a profit of £1,634. All new Directors formally elected to the Board.
Special Resolution 75, Minimum Directors 3, Maximum 10. Former Manager, Andy Paton, warmly welcomed.
New Manager, Tommy Ewing and Coach, Dougie Baird introduced to the shareholders.

7th January 1970
A.M.Jackson resigned from the Board.

10th January 1970
At the age of 15 years and 284 days Goalkeeper Alex Morrison makes his debut at Stranraer. He then became the youngest player to appear in the first team.

28th January 1970
William McKeown appointed Secretary of the Club and the Company.

8th April 1970
Vice Chairman, Jan Stepek advised that he had been in touch with various agencies in an endeavour to improve the player pool.

April 1970
Goalkeeper John Young won the inaugural “Player of the Year” title.

20th May 1970
Walter Elder resigned as Chairman and Director.
William McKeown resigned as Secretary, Joseph Friel took over as Secretary.
A donation of £500 was received from the Supporters Club.

29th June 1970
Tommy Coghill signed.

The players bonuses to be £4 for a home win and £6 for an away win.

8th August 1970
The new season opens with a home League Cup tie versus Stranraer which Accies lose 3-2. The remaining Section fixtures are completed before the club resigns from the Scottish League as Clyde FC wish  to merge and move to Hamilton.
2nd September 1970
All Directors present.
Minute as follows. John Crines intimated his resignation. Joseph Friel appointed Secretary in place of John Hilley. Robert Gibb appointed as Managing Director. Share capital to be increased to £12,000. Letters of resignation from John Hilley and William Carlin were accepted.
The proposed merger was defeated thanks to the efforts of certain Directors and Shareholders. The first Scottish League fixture was not played and was declared void. It was played in April 1971. The new Board of Directors took over and sought the permission of the outgoing Chairman, John Crines, they approached the Scottish League officials to rescind the resignation and this was  agreed to. The club then continued in full membership as before and had the dubious honour of having left and rejoined the League in the same week.

October 1970
Former player, Bobby Shearer named as the new Manager.

12th November 1970
Gratitude shown by shareholders in new Board in their action in keeping the club going. Mr Watson, Director, mentioned the  support given by Mr Walter Elder, the former Chairman, to the new Board. Mr Stepek advised that while expenditure has remained constant, income has dropped.

21st November 1970
On his League debut, new signing, John Tuite scored a hat trick in Accies 4-1 win over Arbroath at Douglas Park.

20th February 1971
A Dutch TV crew were present at the match versus Stenhousemuir at Douglas Park.

March 1971
Jim Dempsey was transferred to Raith Rovers for a fee of £5,000.

May 1971
The national press carried reports that Accies were trying to get Tommy Docherty as their next Manager. Nothing came of it. His next job was to manage Scotland.

August 1971
The Supporters Club officials were; President; D.Bunten; Vice Pres; J.Ballantyne; Treasurer; T.Rankin; Secretary; C.Bent; Asst Secy; D.Mackle; Social Convenor; A.Stewart; Bus Convenor; A.Hammond; Canteen Convenor; F.Calder; Ground Convenor; L.Adair; Prog. Convenor; T.Marchbank. Floating Members; A.Haliburton and A.Dick.

The following photo was taken prior to a Friendly Match versus Walsall on 2nd August 1971 which was lost by 2 goals to nil at Douglas Park.
Back row; Eddie Atherton; Arthur McMillan; Gordon Hamilton; Eddie Bashford; Willie Duff; Brian McNulty; Norrie Durham and Bobby Reid (Trainer).
Middle row; Ian Henderson; Bobby Shearer (Manager); Jan Stepek (Director); Robert Gibb (Director) and  Bobby Gemza (Coach).
Front row; George Snow; Jimmy Martin; Sylvester O‘Brien; Jim Frew; John Tuite and Davie McIlroy.

29th September 1971
Thanks to the efforts of Chairman, Jan Stepek, two former Polish Internationalists, Witold Szygula, a goalkeeper and Roman Strazalkowski, a midfielder were brought to the club.

2nd October 1971
Bobby Shearer resigned his post as Manager.

16th October 1971
Another Polish player appeared for the club, Alfred Olek at Dumbarton.

This game was new Manager, Ronnie Simpson’s first match in charge.
December 1971
It was hoped that floodlights would soon be installed.

August 1972
New players who came to Hamilton during the close were Tommy McCulloch, from Clyde. Paul Hegarty a teenager from Tynecastle Boys Club. Neil Hood, a free transfer from Queen of the South, Drew Young, formerly with Airdrieonians and Millar Hay, also from Clyde.
September 1972
Due to the pressure of business, Ronnie Simpson tendered his resignation as Manager.

October 1972
Billy Lamont took over as Manager.

December 1972
Former Morton coach, Eric Smith is next to take up the Manager’s job. He is said to be on a wage similar to that of managers in the First Division.

28th February 1973
The first Floodlit Match played at Douglas Park when Montrose were the visitors in a Scottish Cup Replay which the visitors won 1-0 in front of 10,100. It has been said that the crowd figure was nearer 14,000.

April 1973
Newspaper reports stated that Jim Forrest, formerly of Rangers and currently with Aberdeen was a signing target for Accies, Manager Smith admitted this, however Forrest never came to Hamilton.

August 1973
Close season signings are Jacky McInally, Jim Scott and Phil Bonnyman.
Billy Lamont and George McKenzie are club coaches.


Back row; Drew Young; Jim Brand; Peter McBain; Graham MacLean; Willie Whiteside; White; Andy Lawless. Middle row; Neil Hood; O’Neil; Jacky McInally; John Logan; Eric Gillespie; Jim McArthur; Howard Fairley and McPhee. Front row; George McKenzie (Coach); Jim Scott; Phil Bonnyman; Gordon Hamilton; Paul Hegarty; John McKernan and Eric Smith (Manager).

9thAugust 1973
Leeds United are defeated 4-3 at Douglas Park. Neil Hood scores a hat trick with Paul Hegarty getting the other.

November 1973
Gordon Hamilton transfer listed and Ian Campbell is signed from Ayr United.
Duncan McDowall takes over from Billy Lamont as Assistant Coach.

1st December 1973
The top of the table clash between Accies and Airdrieonians at Douglas Park attracts 8,044 and the STV cameras. The game ends 0-0.

8th February 1974
With a number of games being postponed because of the weather, the players get a four day break in Spain.

3rd March 1974
The first Scottish League match to be played in Hamilton on a Sunday brings out a bigger than usual attendance, 4,500,  in a 3-0 defeat of Clydebank.

15th March 1974
It was decided to introduce three leagues commencing season 1975-76.

A Premier League of 10 clubs and a First and Second Division of 14 teams each.

Coach George McKenzie parted company with the club.

April 1974
Assistant Manager, Duncan McDowall,  returns to Iceland to take up “an offer he couldn’t refuse”.

1st April 1974
In the Reserve League fixture at Clydebank, Accies had a trialist in goal, his name, Riccardo Ferguson.

30th April 1974
Airdrieonians and Kilmarnock just pip Accies for promotion. The 55 points gained is a club record.

4th June 1974
In a tournament in Cyprus Accies meet Stoke City and Sheffield United as well as a local side. Jamie Fairlie at the age of 17 makes his first team debut.

July 1974
Chairman Stepek goes to Poland with the view to bringing another Polish Internationalist to Douglas Park. He is unsuccessful in his mission.

7th September 1974
In a match at Cliftonhill, Pat Smyth of Rovers and Eddie McShane of Accies were sent off for fighting. They were only on the field for less than two minutes. When they later appeared before the Referees Committe they were severely censured.

8th October 1974
In the Scottish Youth Trial at Ibrox against Rangers, Rikki Ferguson played.

November 1974
Dundee United signed Paul Hegarty for a fee in the region of £35,000.

Rikki Ferguson played for the Scottish Professional Youth side in Copenhagen versus Denmark in a 0-0 draw.

December 1974
The club had two players in the squad for the Trial Match against Italy “B”, they were Ian Campbell and Phil Bonnyman.


7th December 1974
The referee insisted that Accies change their jerseys so that there was no clash with the red and white of Clydebank, therefore a canary coloured jersey was worn. It was never worn again.

30th December 1974   
Mr Smith, Manager, congratulated on the current performances of the team.

The death of groundsman, Robert Shearer, was a big loss to the club.

Phil Bonnyman came on as a substitute in Pescara against Italy “B”, the match was abandoned due to rain with the score at 0-0.

April 1975
Jacky McInally announced his retirement.

May 1975
As soon as the last of the season’s games were played on the pitch work commenced on the playing surface. The area between the goals was ripped up and reseeded, which was done several times before the opening of the new season. The drains were inspected and apart from a small blockage, they were found to be in good order. The top soil was heavily compacted and this restricted the flow of rainwater to the drains. Equipment was hired from Bothwell Castle Golf Club to aereate the soil to a depth of 9”. The surrounding fence was replaced by brickwork and painted in the club colours, likewise the existing perimeter wall of the playing field. The stand was also given a face lift, with the corrugated sheeting removed an replaced with facing brick and pebble dash. Delays occurred to the plans having to be amended to comply with planning needs, work commenced in July as a result of the hold up.

15th and 16th May 1975
Games are played against a Lewis Under 23 Select and an Isle of Lewis XI. Both matches are won, 4-2 and 3-0.

June 1975
Facilities in the stand area were deemed to be sub standard and the Board Room was resited upstairs into what was formerly an office, thus better using the downstairs area by extending the existing Centenary
Club. The floodlighting system was enhanced with 2 lights on each tower being improved tenfold with the others being similarly improved when finds permit.

August 1975
Season Tickets are priced at; Centenary Stand £25; Juniors/OAP’s £12.50 Stand; £15; Juniors/OAP’s £7.50 Ground; £8; Juniors/OAP’s £5

New signings are Brian Lannon (Ayr United), Billy Thomas (Falkirk), John McQuade (St Johnstone) and Raymond Edgar (Drumchapel Amateurs).
It was announced that a Spring Cup competition would commence the first week in April for non Premier League clubs.

6th September 1975
Due to the lack of parking the club announced that they had hired the County Buildings car park at great expense and as a result a charge of 10p would be made for parking on match days.

20th September 1975
As a result of press reports about Eric Smith’s future with the club  the following was stated in the match programme “The Directors of the club would like to make the position clear. Mr Smith joined us in December 1972 on a three year contract”. It goes on. “Although the new contract is not yet signed, Eric has assured us that his future lies at Douglas Park”.

21st September 1975
Willie McInnes took over the role of Groundsman. He has been associated with the club for 25 years and is also the announcer.

November 1975
Joe Baker becomes Reserve team coach.
   
29th January 1976
The first year where turnover has exceeded £50,000.

March 1976
For a fee of £25,000, Phil Bonnyman is transferred to Carlisle United.

The proposed trip to Poland was called off as it would be difficult to arrange due to the number of Part Time players on the pay roll.


27th March 1976
The Queen’s Park v Accies Spring Cup tie was played at Lesser Hampden.

 It was believed that this was the first time that Accies first team had appeared there.

14th April 1976
Allan Hughes made history when he came on as a substitute and scored a hat trick against Montrose at Douglas Park in the Spring Cup. The visitors won the first leg 3-1 and were 5-2 ahead in the second with half an hour to go. 5 goals were netted to give Accies a remarkable 7-6 win on aggregate. There were 30 seconds remaining when the winner was scored.


August 1976
The club take over the production of the match programme, a task previously undertaken by the Supporters Club. Drew Young the club representative with the Scottish Professional Players Association.
7th August 1976
A successful Open Day held.

18th August 1976
The team reverts to red and white hoops after a few years with red and white vertical stripes. The change meets with the approval of the fans.

September 1976
The scouting system was reorganised. Bill Davidson remained as Chief Scout with the Glasgow area his remit, particularly Drumchapel and Clydebank. John Dempsey, a former player and father of Jim, to cover Castlemilk and Easterhouse. He was formerly a scout for Celtic and Ipswich Town. Jim Collins to cover the Lanark and Carluke district while ex referee, Andy Paterson would be responsible for East Kilbride. Coaches Pat Barkey and Jim Adam would continue to concentrate on Schools and Youth football.

9th October 1976
The home match against Clydebank was broadcast live during the second half on BBC.

November 1976
Three Accies players were chosen to play in the Scottish Professional Youth Trial at Kilbowie Park, Clydebank. They were Gary McDowall, who captained one the sides, Jim Grant and Gerry Canning.

December 1976
Former Linfield, Dundee and Motherwell player, Billy Campbell was signed. While at Dens Park he was capped six times by Northern Ireland.

30th March 1977
For the match against Switzerland Under 21’s at the Wankdorf Stadium in Berne, Rikki Ferguson was named in the squad.

27th April 1977
Rikki Ferguson turned out for the Scotland Under 21 side at Sheffield against England. The hosts won 1-0.

30th July 1977
When Bobby Graham was signed from Motherwell it was for a club record fee of £15,000.

19th May 1978
Reserve team to be in place for new season.
Manager, Mr J.E.Smith left the club.
Mr Stepek thanked everyone for their help.
August 1978
Drew Young wins the club golf title held at Moffat. Among his rivals were new Manager Davie McParland and Trainer, Bobby Reid.

September 1978
For the forthcoming Third Round League Cup tie versus Aberdeen, prices were set as follows; Centre Stand £2, while it was £1.50 for the Wing Stand. The enclosure was £1.20 and youths 60p. These areas were ticket only. The remainder of the ground was by cash payment.
Danny Kellachan signed from Partick Thistle for a fee of £6,000.

4th October 1978
The match programme v. Aberdeen had an article stating that the Supporters Quiz team were seeking new members. They were British Champions in 1976 and have held the Scottish title for the past five years.

18th November 1978
Half an hour before kick off v. Clydebank, the referee decides that the strips clash, so Accies wear an all red shirt with no numbers.

November 1978
It was hoped to acquire ground behind the stand which would be for all weather training and as a car park when required.

9th December 1978
Frank Calder, the Supporters Club President travelled to Dundee to present an engraved tankard to former Accie, Paul Hegarty as a mark of the service he had given to the club and also for him being capped for Scotland.

27th January 1979
Due to the weather very few Scottish Cup matches were played, Douglas Park was playable and Accies match versus Aberdeen was televised with 10,000 present. The visitors won 2-0.
Following the game the next round of the Cup was drawn in the club boardroom.

April 1979
It was decided to increase the authorised share capital from 20,000 Ordinary Shares of £1 each to 100,000 at £1 each. The Directors decided against a rights issue to the existing shareholders not only because 80% of the issued share capital is already held by Directors, but also because many of the Shareholders go back to the formation of the Company at the turn of the century and are no longer around. Applications have been received from a large number of supporters and shares have been set aside to accommodate them. Applications to the value of £50,000 were received.

June 1979
Jim Frew and Jamie Fairlie were in the Scotland “B” squad which won the Four Nations Tournament held in Holland. The other contestants were Italy, England and the host nation. Both played in all three games and were later presented with engraved shields by Chairman Jan Stepek on behalf of the SFA.

27th April 1979
Manager, Mr Davie McParland, advised the Board of his efforts in involving local youth. He was pleased with the reserve team, it was the only way for Accies to succeed.

August 4th and 5th 1979.
For the first time the Lanarkshire Cup was played as a tournament over two days at Fir Park. Accies beat Albion Rovers in the Semi Final only to lose to Airdrieonians the following day in the Final.

It was decided to enter a team in the newly formed Scottish Professional Youth League.
October 22nd 1979.
Accies won the Reserve League Championship with a 5-3  aggregate over Stirling Albion. The latter having won the East Section and Accies the West. In the first leg at Stirling the match ended 3-3. In front of 500  spectators at Douglas Park goals from Joe McGrogan and Jim O’Donnell clinched the title for Accies.

The following players were given medals, Drew Young, captain, Jim Muir, Andy McQuade, Jim Grant, John Brown, Jim Gormley, Jim O’Donnell, Davie Carr, John Deeney, Steve Howe, Joe McGrogan, Gary Marshall and Peter McAdams.

October 1979.
The club are to be allowed to purchase Douglas Park from Hamilton District Council. There is currently a 51 year lease in place.

November 24th 1979.
The club reached the Semi Final of the Scottish League Cup for the fourth time when they met Dundee United at Dunfermline.
They lost 6-2 to the eventual Cup Winners in front of 8,000 fans.

December 18th 1979.
A presentation was made to Thomas Rankin (80), the Treasurer of the Supporters Club, a Shareholder and one of the men who helped to thwart Clyde in the proposed merger in 1971.

March 1980.
Manager, Davie McParland was elected Chairman of the newly formed Scottish Managers and Coaches Association. The other Committee members were Alex Ferguson, John Greig, Bill Munro, John Hagart, Willie McLean and Archie Knox.

April 1980
The reserves retain the Reserve League Championship defeating Falkirk 1-0 on aggregate.

August 1980
For the new season referees would be paid £25 and linesman £12 per match no matter which of Leagues they were officiating in.

September 1980
The covered enclosure was extended to give protection for a further 2,000. This brought the total under cover to 6,000.

October 1980
The scoreboard at the Clydesdale Street end of the ground was demolished, it had been erected in 1949.

14th October 1980
Jim Dempsey having returned from Australia, signed for the club for a third time and turned out against Dundee at Dens Park.

December 1980
One of the clubs “S” signings, Charlie Speirs from Holyrood Secondary was in the 24 strong Scottish Under 15 squad in training at Largs under ‘National coach, Andy Roxburgh and his latest recruit to the coaching staff, from Germany, Karl Heinz Heddergott.

21st February 1981
In the match against Hibernian at Easter Road, substitute Gerry Colgan came on after 8 minutes to replace Mick McManus.  After 65 minutes Colgan was also substituted with Peter McAdams taking over. Therefore Gerry watched the start of the game and the end of it from the touchline.
12th March 1981
The club paid just under £10,000 for the transfer of former Internationalist Joe Craig from Blackburn Rovers.

29th July 1981
Almost 500 fans turn up for the Open Day at Douglas Park.

August 1981
It was agreed that in future for League fixtures the home side would retain all of the gate money.

This was the first change in almost 100 years.
25th August 1981
Dan Sullivan who had been doorman almost continuously from 1949 retired at the age of 74. He was a member of the Corps of Commissionaires.

12th September 1981
To mark his 400th first team appearance for Accies, full back Jim Frew was presented with a Carriage Clock by Jan Stepek.

October 1981
A proposal by Hibernian that the Scottish League should revert to the two League again was turned down.

22nd October 1981
John Blackley, a former Scottish International player, joined the club from Preston North End.

November 1981
Former Manager, Tommy Ewing took up a similar post at Stranraer.

His  predecessors had been Gordon Hamilton and Neil Hood, both ex Accies players.

24th January 1982
At their meeting at Dunblane the Managers and Coaches Association agreed to support calls for a winter shutdown after a severe disruption to fixtures due to the adverse weather. It was proposed that there be no games for six weeks from the middle of December.

8th May 1982
One of the Scottish Junior Cup Semi Finals was played at Douglas Park between Blantyre Victoria and Kirkintilloch Rob Roy. This was the first time that such a tie had been played at Douglas Park. In the Blantyre squad were three former Accies, Tommy Coghill, Jim Grant and Andy McQuade. Vics won 2-0 before a crowd of 7,000.

May 1982
Five players were released by the club, Joe McGrogan, Peter McAdams, George Dailly, Alex Hutcheon and Jim Campbell.

June 1982
Two Accies, Jamie Fairlie and John Brown were in the Scottish squad for the Four Nations Tournament held at Pittodrie.

August 1982
For the start of the new campaign, Season Tickets were priced as follows;
STAND; Adult £28; Child/Senior £20; Parent and Child £44; Parent and Two Children £56; GROUND; Adult £20; Child/Senior £12 (All prices included VAT).

New faces introduced were Alex Hamill, John McNaught, Paul Hackett and Charlie Speirs.

September 1982
The Supporters Club 12-15 Club had a membership of 120.

This month brought news of the death of two prominent former players albeit from different eras, Alex Herd and Willie Forsyth.

16th October 1982
The local police considered it necessary to have segregation in place for the visit of Heart of Midlothian.

30th October 1982
Manager Davie McParland resigned, with John Blackley taking over.

December 1982
Directors Joseph Friel and Robert Gibb resigned.

New Board consisted of; Jan Stepek (Chairman); Dr Sandy Wilson (Vice Chairman); Jim Watson; Bill Davidson; Andrew Dick; George Fulston; David Morrison (Managing Director); and George McLachlan.

Alan Dick was appointed as Secretary on a Part-Time basis.

John Blackley took over as Player/ Manager with George Miller as First Team Coach.

January 1983
Seven players were freed; Jim Frew; Neil Howie; Peter McAdams; Gary Marshall; Gerry Colgan; Greg Callan and Pat Barkey.

3rd February 1983
Bertie Auld joined the club as Managerial Consultant.

February 1983
The death was reported of Bobby Cunning at his home in Dunoon. He came to Hamilton from Sunderland and was later transferred to Rangers.

23rd February 1983
A record fee of £20,000 was paid to Motherwell when Brian McLaughlin was signed.

March 1983
The death was reported of Eddie Wright who kept goal during the 1930’s. He had been considered for the Irish national side while at Douglas Park.

May 1983
Bertie Auld takes over as Manager with John Lambie as First Team Coach and Joe Craig in charge of the Reserves.
Club Captain, Gary McDowall emigrates to Australia.

Physio, Bobby Reid, presented with the SPFA Merit Award for services to the game.

27th July 1983
John Heaps becomes a Board member.

15th October 1983
Record signing, Brian McLaughlin moves to Falkirk for less than half that which Accies had paid for him.

27th October 1983
Airdrieonians signed Jamie Fairlie for a fee said to be between £35,000 and £40,000. Motherwell also keen to sign him but didn’t match Airdrieonians figure.

10th January 1984
Bertie Auld is dismissed and John Lambie replaces him with Joe Craig moving up to be First Team Coach and Jim Dempsey returning yet again to look after the Reserves.

25th February 1984
Accies 1-0 win at Broomfield against Airdrieonians was their first Scottish League win there in 49 years.
15th May 1984
John Brown captains the Reserve side in defeating Dundee United in the Final of the Reserve League Cup at Douglas Park over two legs after extra time. The presentation was made by Scottish League President, David Letham and Secretary, Jim Ferry. Accies winning eleven at home was as follows; Rikki Ferguson; Brian Wright and Alex Hamill; John McNaught; Alan McDougall and John Brown; Arthur Grant and Stevie Clarke; Paul Hackett; Billy Paton and Pat McCurdy. Substitute; John McLaughlin for Billy Paton. The attendance was 774.
On their way to the Final, Accies defeated Kilmarnock 3-1 at home, Motherwell 1-0 away, Celtic 2-1 at home and Rangers 2-0 away.

29th May 1984
Dundee pay £50,000 for John Brown’s signature.
Freed are Doug Somner, Jim Kean, Billy Paton, Pat Barkey and Robert Lee.

June 1984
The AGM of the Lanarkshire Football Association took place and the following officials were elected;
Chairman James Watson (Accies);Secretary Alan Dick (Accies); Committee Members Jim Ferguson (Airdrieonians), George Peat (Airdrieonians), David Forrester (Albion Rovers), Bill Dickie (Motherwell) and George McLachlan (Accies).

August 1984
Season Tickets as follows; Stand Adult £30; Youth/OAP £18. Parent and Child £42; Parent and Two Children £52. Ground; Adult £22; Youth/OAP £12.
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September 1984
Former Motherwell and Scotland player, Pat Quinn takes over as Reserve Team Coach.

6th October 1984
Following the match at Firhill against Partick Thistle which Accies lost 1-0, the club made an official complaint against the referee, Alistair Huett.
December 1984
The Board decided that if the club finished in the top six of the League, the players would be taken on holiday to Majorca. (They finished 4th).

29th December 1984
John Brogan signed from Hibernian for a fee of £8,000.

31st December 1984
Bruce Clouston, Eddie Farrell, Alan McDonald and Rab Scott were freed.

January 1985
For the all ticket Scottish Cup tie against Celtic, prices were; Stand £3.50; Enclosure £2.50; Father and Son £4; Ground £2.

April 1985
Graham Mitchell picked to play in the Scotland squad in the Four Nations Tournament.

27th April 1985
In the match versus Motherwell there was a four minute stoppage when 2 smoke canisters and a large stone were thrown from the Motherwell end of the ground.

May 1985
The Reserve side won their Section of the Spring League. Lost in the play-off 1-2 to Clydebank.

Players released were Alan McDougall, John Anderson, Tony Gervaise, John Thompson and Gavin McTaggart.

August 1985
The Supporters Club officials are as follows; President; Frank Robertson; Vice President; John Ballantyne; Secretary; Willie McLachlan; Treasurer; Frank Calder; Committee; W.McNally, A.Beveridge, W.Cornwell. J.Cook, P. Duddy. W.Ballantine, R.Hogg and J.Law.

23rd August 1985
Dr Sandy Wilson retired as Vice Chairman of the Board, Jim Watson appointed to replace him.

September 1985
New toilets and turnstiles built at Douglas Street entrance.

4th September 1985
Accies match versus Rangers played at Fir Park drew an attendance of 12,392 and produced gate receipts of £26,000, a record for the club. This was a League Cup tie which Rangers won 2-1.

8th September 1985
Brian Wright transferred to Motherwell.

5th October 1985
Frank Welsh makes his second appearance in the first team almost ten years to the day when he made his debut at Arbroath on 11th October 1975.
2nd November 1985
Following the Scottish League match at Shawfield in which Clyde won 1-0, Accies full back, Alec Hamill was the target of abuse from some home fans. As he headed to confront them, he was shepherded away by team mate, Gerry Phillips.

14th December 1985
By defeating Alloa Athletic 5-4 at Recreation Park, Accies went top of the League, a position they held for the remainder of the season to finish as League Champions.

28th December 1985
A fire in the stand caused damage estimated at £3000.

30th December 1985
Chairman, Jan Stepek announced that the club were going full time.

January 1986
John Brogan, Rikki Ferguson, Alec Hamill, Willie Jamieson and Willie Watters join Steve Clarke, John McNaught and Joe Reid in turning full time.

Manager, John Lambie is named as Scottish Brewers Personality Manager of the Month for December.

He received a cheque for £250 and a replica firkin of ale.

3rd March 1986
The Scottish Cup tie versus Heart of Midlothian attracts an all ticket attendance of 10,000 and produces record receipts of £23,751 for Douglas Park. Accies lost 1-2.

22nd March 1986
Brazilian, Jorge Fernandes arrived to play trials.

He was a 21 year old from Rio de Janeiro who appeared with the Reserves before returning with his agent to Germany.

April 1986
The appointment was announced of Jim Dempsey moving up to Assistant Manager.

2nd April 1986
When he appeared against Alloa Athletic in a Scottish League fixture at Douglas Park, Rikki Ferguson became the only player to make 500 first team appearances for the club.

 A presentation was made to mark the occasion.

5th April 1986
A goal by John Brogan against Montrose at Hamilton made sure of Accies first ever promotion to the Premier League.

12th April 1986
Despite being defeated by Clyde at Shawfield, Accies were League Champions.






19th April 1986
The League Championship Trophy was presented at the final home game versus Morton. There were still 4 games to played, all away.

Championship Winners medals were presented to;
Rikki Ferguson, Jimmy Sinclair, Alex Hamill, Stevie Clarke, Willie Jamieson, Graham Mitchell, Charlie Speirs, John Pelosi, Tommy O’Neil, John McNaught, John Brogan, Joe Reid, Gerry Phillips, Adrian Sprott, Gerry Collins and Willie Watters.

The Championship winning squad of 1985-86 with the First Division Trophy and the Lanarkshire Cup. Players and officials are as follows; Back Row; Adrian Sprott; Willie Watters; Tommy O’Neil, Rikki Ferguson; Joe Reid; John Brogan and Gerry McGuigan. Middle Row; Bobby Reid (Physio); Gerry Phillips; Jimmy Sinclair; Charlie Speirs; Gerry Collins; Willie Jamieson and Jim Dempsey (Assistant Manager). Front Row; John Pelosi, Graham Mitchell; John Lambie (Manager); Stevie Clarke and Alex Hamill. John McNaught had been transferred to Chelsea the week previous. It should be pointed out that it was pouring with rain while the photo was being taken.

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May 1986
John McNaught moved to Chelsea for a fee of £82,000 a new record for the club.
Just under  half, £40,000 was spent by John Lambie in bringing Alex Taylor from Dundee United.

June 1986
The capacity of the main stand was reduced by the removal of 50 seats to make new and wider passages in case of emergencies.

August 1986
For the new season in the Premier League season tickets were priced at Stand-Adults £60, Youths/OAP £45 (Renewals £30); Ground-Adults £35 Youths/OAP £20.




9th August 1986
The side which met Clydebank at Douglas Park in the club’s baptism in the Premier League was;
Dave McKellar; Kevin McKee and Tommy O’Neil; Gerry Collins; Ally Brazil and Graham Mitchell; Bobby Barr and John McVeigh; Joe Reid; Alex Taylor and John Brogan. Substitute Jimmy Liddle replaced Kevin McKee.

In front of a disappointing attendance of 2,175 the visitors won 1-0.

30th August 1986
When Accies met Motherwell this was the first ever Lanarkshire derby in the Scottish Premier League. In front of 4,333 fans Motherwell won 3-0.

17th October 1986
The club hit a hitch in their plans to purchase Douglas Park from Hamilton District Council. The latter put a figure of £50,000 on the sale and this was agreed by Accies Board who wished to pay the sum in instalments over 10 years while the authority wanted the whole amount up front.

8th November 1986
The new South Stand, an extension to the main stand, was opened by Provost Sam Casserly of Hamilton District Council.

Celtic were the visitors.

The club tried to sign Sammy McIlroy from Manchester City on a short term deal. The 32 year old Irishman who had been capped 82 times did not come to Hamilton.

25th November 1986
Accies won their first trophy of the season when a four man team won the Drumpellier Cricket Club Sports Quiz when they overcame 23 other teams to win a Silver Shield. Members of the team were, Alan Dick, Tom Marchbank, Ian Grant and John Watson.

29th November 1986
The club recorded its first ever Premier League victory when Hibernian were defeated 3-1 at Easter Road.

31st December 1986
Graham Mitchell transferred to Hibernian for a fee of £60,000.

31st January 1987
Adrian Sprott scored the only goal in a memorable Scottish Cup win against Rangers at Ibrox.

The side was; Dave McKellar; Kevin McKee and Adrian Sprott; Ally Brazil; Mark Fulton and Gerry Collins; John Pelosi and Stevie Clarke; John Brogan; Albert Craig and John Mailer.

 Alec Taylor replaced John Mailer.

23rd April 1987
Icelandic club, IB Keflavik were the visitors when the new floodlighting system was switched on. The cost was £50,000.

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1987-88 Roll Call.
Back row; Willie Jamieson; Gerry McCabe; Kevin McKee; Alex Taylor; Mark Caughey; Bobby Barr and Derek Walsh.  Middle row; Jim Weir; Mark Fulton; Brian Martin; Dave McKellar; Ronnie Yule; Charlie Speirs and Adrian Sprott. Front row; John Lambie (Manager); Paul McDonald; Stevie Clarke; Gerry Collins; Willie Dunlop and Bobby Reid (Physio).

8th August 1987
Clothing company, Daks of Larkhall, were announced as the club’s new sponsors for the coming season.
Season Ticket’s were; Stand-Adults £50,Youths and OAP’s £35, Ground-Adults £35, Youths and OAP’s-£20. General admission prices; Stand-Adults £3, Youths and OAP’s £2. Ground-Adults £2, Youths and OAP’s £2.20p

1st September 1987
Chairman, Jan Stepek decided to stand down after over 17  years.

He was made an Honorary Life President of the club.

11th September 1987
Jim Watson appointed as his successor.

18th September 1987
By defeating Queen of the South 3-0 at Dumfries the players created a new club record of 8 consecutive Scottish League wins.

Accies lined up; Dave McKellar; Danny McGrain and Adrian Sprott; Gerry Collins; Willie Jamieson and Alex Taylor; Kevin McKee and Stevie Clarke; Stuart Gordon; Mark Caughey and Gerry McCabe. Scorers were; Sprott; Taylor and Caughey in front of 2,400 on a very wet Tuesday night at Palmerston.

12th October 1987
The first ever official game played by Accies on an artificial surface when the Reserve side met Motherwell “A” at West End Park, Bellshill in a Reserve League West fixture. The match ended 1-1.

16th November 1987
Physio and former player, Bobby Reid died at the age of 76.

20th November 1987
Manager, John Lambie, denied a report that the Heart of Midlothian striker, Sandy Clark, was coming to Douglas Park in exchange for Alex Taylor.

12th December 1987
At an auction in Glasgow to raise funds to repair the fountain in Kelvingrove Park a ball donated by Partick Thistle raised £50. Next to come under the hammer was one from Celtic which achieved £75, the third was from Rangers and the sum came to £110. The final ball was from Accies and this generated the remarkable sum of £300.

January 1988
Club Secretary, Alan C. Dick, joined the Board of Directors.
John Hart was appointed to take over the role following the recent death of Bobby Reid. John was a full time physio and had assisted Petershill, Pollok, Ayr United and Motherwell.

February 1988
Accies player and Youth Team Coach, Danny McGrain, was elected as Scottish representative by the Council of National Playing Fields Association.

20th February 1988
Striker Gordon Scott was fined £100 by the club following his ordering off in the Scottish Cup tie at home to Aberdeen. ?
Team photo taken prior to the Scottish Cup tie versus Aberdeen at Douglas Park on 20th February 1988 which was lost 2-0 in front 7,270, the highest attendance of the season. Gate Receipts were £15,943.
Back row; Alex Taylor; Brian Martin; Allan Ferguson; Willie Jamieson; Bobby Thomson and Jim Kerr.
Front row; Gerry McCabe; Gerry Collins; Adrian Sprott; Jamie Fairlie; Kevin McKee; Gordon Scott and Paul McDonald.
March 1988
Among the players chosen for the Scotland Schools Under 16 squad were Stephen McInulty and Stewart Mourning who were to play for Accies at a later date though only McInulty became a regular.
Mourning only appeared with the reserves.

 In the Under 15 squad, Russell McKeever was named, he too later was a reserve team regular.

30th March 1988
Former player, John McNaught, rejoins the club for a fee of £50,000 from Partick Thistle.

10th April 1988
Reserve player, Raymond McGuigan took part in a trial match for a Scottish Amateur X1.

30th April 1988
Despite losing 3-1 at Clydebank, Accies were assured of promotion to the Premier League once again as nearest rivals, Meadowbank Thistle were defeated 4-2 at home to Dumbarton.

Accies had led the Division from the beginning of the season and were never off the top slot.

4th May 1988
Local MP George Robertson tabled a motion in Parliament which was signed by 11 MP’s congratulating the club. It read;

“That this House congratulates Hamilton Academical Football Club on winning the Scottish First Division Championship for the second time in three years and their promotion to the Premier League and wishes the team, manager and the directors the best of good fortune in the coming football year”.

9th May 1988
The season closed with the Lanarkshire Cup Final at home to Airdrieonians which saw Adrian Sprott open the scoring after only 60 seconds, however the visitors went on to win 4-1.

This turned out to be Rikki Ferguson last appearance for the club.

1,328 witnessed the match.



7th May 1988
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Left to right standing are, Alex Taylor, Colin Harris, Jim Kerr, Bobby Thomson, Gerry Collins, Gordon Scott, Danny McGrain, Charlie Speirs, Rikki Ferguson and Willie Jamieson. Kneeling are, Kevin McKee, Stuart Gordon, Adrian Sprott and Jamie Fairlie. In addition to the above, Gerry McCabe also received a medal, he was on loan to Dumbarton that day, his son, in the middle of the picture collected it on his behalf.

Scottish League Secretary, Jim Farry presented Accies captain, Gerry Collins with the First Division trophy prior to the match against Meadowbank Thistle at Douglas Park.

Collins and Danny McGrain also made a presentation of a decanter and glasses inscribed with the club crest to Bobby Barr who had suffered a second leg break earlier in the season.
   
Five players were freed including Rikki Ferguson, the others being, Kevin Armstrong, David Laing, Derek Walsh and Gerry McEwan.

May 1988
Rikki Ferguson signed for Queen of the South.

30th May 1988
Season tickets were on sale as follows; Stand-Adults £70. Youths and OAP’s £45. Ground-Adults £45. Youths and OAP’s £30.

June 1988
Paul McDonald and Alec Taylor were disputing the terms offered by the club.
Manager John Lambie expressed an interest in former Celtic defender, Pierce O’Leary and an offer was made. The player never took it up.



5th August 1988
Accies await clearance to sign former Airdrieonians and Queen of the South goalkeeper, Alan Davidson who had been playing in Australia with Adelaide City.  The SFA delayed making a decision and it was to be discussed at their meeting on 5th September. The player never signed for Hamilton as a ruling was made that he was still a Queen of the South player.

Team line up 1988-89
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Back row from left; Adrian Sprott, Scott Archer, Charlie Speirs, Alan Henderson, Iain Ashcroft, Jim Weir, Colin Harris, Jim Kerr and Gordon Scott.
Middle row from left; John Hart (physio), Martin Nelson, Gary Andrews, Jim Frith, Ray McGuigan, Allan Ferguson, Kevin McKee, Chris Hillcoat, Jamie Fairlie, Paul McDonald and Danny McGrain (Coach). Seated; John Lambie (Manager), Gary Murray, Gerry McCabe, Alec Taylor, Gerry Collins, Stuart Gordon, Sandy Fraser and Jim Dempsey (Assistant Manager).

12th August 1988
Alec Taylor joined Walsall for a fee of £90,000.

13th August 1988
With Rangers as opponents, Accies return to the Premier League. The First Division Championship flag is unfurled before a capacity attendance of 10,500.

September 1988
It was announced that John McNaught had to give up the game due to ill health and that teenage goalkeeper, Allan Ferguson, was in the Scotland squad to face Norway.

17th September 1988
By defeating Dundee 1-0 at Douglas Park, Accies were in 5th place in the Premier League, above both Heart of Midlothian and Celtic. It was there highest spot for 50 years.

27th September 1988
Four players, two from either club were tested for drugs following the Accies versus Aberdeen match at Douglas Park. This was the first instance in Scotland of this procedure following a directive from the SFA.
The players were chosen at half-time, by drawing numbered balls from a bag. Club officials then informed the players, none of whom were named.
October 1988
The club failed in a bid to bring 28 year old Dusko Ajder, a central defenceman playing with the Yugoslav First Division leaders, Rad of Belgrade. He failed a medical due to a knee injury.

28th October 1988
Paul Martin was signed from Kilmarnock for a club record fee of £60,000.

10th November 1988
Manager, John Lambie, resigns and moves to Partick Thistle.

Assistant Manager, Jim Dempsey took over with Gerry Collins as Player/Coach while Billy McLaren came in as Reserve Team Coach.

John Lambie in an interview felt that he had taken the club as far as he could without the necessary cash to bring in new players.

14th November 1988
Andrew Dick left the Board of Directors and was replaced by Robert Wilson.

Robert Gibb, one of the club’s largest shareholders rejoined the Board.

9th December 1988
Former Hibernian and Celtic wing half, Jacky McNamara was appointed as Assistant Manager.

28th February 1989
Jamie Fairlie leaves the club for a second time and joins Clyde.

1st March 1989
Alan Dick resigned to become General Manager/ Secretary at Motherwell.

David Morrison took over as Club Secretary, while Scott Struthers became Programme Editor at Douglas Park.

24th March 1989
Press reports stated that the club intended building a new stand costing half a million pounds at the Clydesdale Road end of the ground. The plans were for dressing rooms, offices and possibly executive boxes.
Architects had presented designs for the new structure and these were being considered.

April 1989
Reserve team player, Paddy Donaghy, played for a Scottish Amateur Select who defeated the North Wales Coast FA 5-1 at Rhyl.

3rd May 1989
Club Physiotherapist, Gerry McElhill, was on duty with the Scotland Under 18 side who played in Frankfurt against Germany.

19th May 1989
Manager Jim Dempsey announced the signing of Dougie Robertson from Morton. Within a few days the player then signed for Falkirk.

Players freed were; Alan Rough, Iain Ashcroft, Gary Andrews, Alan Henderson, Jim Firth, Sandy Fraser, Murray Black, Gary Murray and Cammy Fraser.

16th June 1989
At a meeting of the Board of Directors the following changes took place; Jim Watson stood down as Chairman with Robert Gibb taking his place. Three Directors resigned, William Davidson, John Heeps and George McLachlan.

The Board was now as follows; Robert Gibb, Chairman, George Fulston, Vice Chairman, David Morrison, Jim Watson and Robert Wilson.

 July 1989
Physio, Gerry McElhill, left the club as did Billy McLaren who took over as Manager with Queen of the South. As a result Colin Miller became Player/Coach and Andy Ritchie was appointed as Reserve Team Coach.

22nd July 1989
Tommy Rankin died at the age of 89. He had been a ball boy in the early part of the century. One of his fondest memories was of Accies 3-2 win in the Semi Final of the Scottish Cup over the Cup Holders, Dundee in 1911. He was one of the founders of the present Supporter Club and was Treasurer of the for many years. When the club were due to be taken over in 1970 by Clyde, he was one of the saviours.

11th August 1989
Admission prices for the coming season’s Reserve matches would be £1 for adults and 60p for youths and OAP’s. Only the stand will be open.

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Back row; Gary Anderson; Martin Scott; Jim Weir; Stephen Morrison; Paul Martin; Colin Harris; Alan Prentice; Scott Archer; Stephen Carr; Raymond McGuigan and Stuart Mourning.
Middle Row; Colin Stark; Jason Cairney; Paddy Donaghy; Chris Hillcoat; Ian Macfarlane; Stuart McLean; Allan Ferguson; Justin Crowe; David Reid; Ian Bottley and Thomas Connelly.
Front row; Frank Ness (physio); Kevin McKee; Craig Napier; Colin Miller (Player/Coach); Jim Dempsey (Manager); Willie Jamieson; Stuart Gordon; Paul McDonald and Andy Ritchie (Coach).

18th August 1989
A newspaper report stated that Accies had failed in bid to sign former Rangers and Scotland striker, Andy Gray. The club were not prepared to meet his demands when Manager, Jim Dempsey spoke to him.

24th August 1989
George Whitelaw appointed to the Board of Directors.
31st August 1989
The Scottish League turned down a request by Accies to have the match versus St Johnstone at Perth on Tuesday 5th September to be re-arranged to allow Allan Ferguson, Accie’s goalkeeper to travel to Brod in Yugoslavia where the Scotland Under 21 side were playing that same night.
Accies are to receive £7600 from Skol as a reward for their Skol Cup exploits, they reached the Quarter Final in which they were beaten 3-0 by Rangers at Douglas Park, including a bonus of £2,00 for being the First Division club who advanced furthest in the competition.

8th September 1989
George McCluskey and Mark Smith join he club, the latter on a month’s loan from Dunfermline Athletic while George was signed for a fee of £35,000 from Hibernian.

23rd September 1989
A transfer request was received from Paul Martin and it was agreed to. He went on loan to Stranraer.

October 1989
Chairman, Robert Gibb, unveiled plans to sell Douglas Park for housing and use the proceeds to build a £5m “super stadium” on the outskirts of Hamilton.
However when Hamilton District Council had sold the ground to the club for £50,000 two years earlier they stipulated that the land could only be used for leisure purposes.

2nd October 1989
For the visit of Celtic in the Reserve League-West, an 8 page programme was produced.

16th October 1989
Jim Dempsey was sacked after just under a year in the Manager’s position. George Miller who is Commercial Manager, took over as Caretaker/Manager in the meantime.

21st October 1989
For Accies visit, the management of the Royal Hotel in Forfar prepared a special mention with the club’s name on it.

31st October 1989
John Lambie returns to manage the club for a second spell. He was also expected to join the Board of Directors.

2nd December 1989
Accies won the Landsec 5 a side Tournament at East Kilbride. The group was won after victories over Dunfermline Athletic and Queen’s Park and a defeat against St Mirren. In the Semi Final Clyde were defeated by 4-1 and a similar score against Airdrieonians gave Accies the title. The players who took part were, Ian Macfarlane, Jim Weir, Craig Napier, Colin Harris, Steve Moore and Paul McDonald.

9th December 1989
The club were considering going part-time once again.

30th December 1989
The programme issued for that day stated that the club were going to purchase the ball used in the 1911 Scottish Cup Final for £200, with the money going to a charity.

January 1990
Hamilton based LAW Holdings, linked to Fairholm Builders, produced a £40m plan to build a new 10,000 all seater stadium for Accies and four retail warehouses and parking at Douglas Park. The plans included a replacement swimming pool for the town. The council, who owned the baths, backed the scheme but due to a downturn in the building industry nothing came of it.
2nd January 1990
Accies Hotline was introduced, with all the latest information about the club.

12th January 1990
Willie Jamieson was transferred to Dundee for £110,00, a record fee for both clubs.

20th January 1990
For the Scottish Cup tie at Dunfermline there were 5 bus load of fans and many also travelled by car. Accies best away support for some time. The match ended 1-1.

2nd February 1990
Top scorer, Steve Morrison was transferred to Dumbarton for a £20,000 fee.

3rd February 1990
Prior to the Scottish League match at home to Clydebank, Manager John Lambie accepted the ball which had been used in the 1911 Scottish Cup Final Replay against Celtic. Man of the match was Celtic’s goalkeeper, David Adams and his grand daughter, Mrs Anne Gemmell from Prestonpans had offered it to Accies in return for a £200 donation to a charity of her choice. She and her sister, Mrs Mary Herkes were guests of the club and the money will go to the neo-natal unit at Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. The ball will be enclosed in a glass case and will go on display in the Boardroom at Douglas Park.

9th February 1990
Following his arrest in Shrewsbury along with others after an alleged breach of the peace, Vic Kasule was indefinitely suspended and fined £4000 by John Lambie. The ban was later lifted and the fine reduced to two weeks wages, the maximum allowed, after Accies contacted the Scottish League.

14th February 1990
For the match against Forfar Athletic the two mascots were Barry John McCluskey, son of George and Darren Miller. The latter later signed for the club as a player.

March 1990
Director, Jim Watson, visited the stadium of FC Utrecht in Holland as Accies proposed new stadium was to be similar to that in Holland.

5th March 1990
A bombshell was dropped by John Lambie when he announced he was leaving the club again to return to Partick Thistle. Once again George Miller took over temporarily.

3rd April 1990
It was announced that Billy McLaren was Accies new Manager. He had been reserve team coach at Hamilton prior to going to manage Queen of the South.

4th April 1990
The first ever cup tie between the youth sides of Accies and Motherwell took place when they met in the Semi Finals of the Scottish Under 18 Cup at Fir Park.

May 1990
Four players were freed, Richard McCusker, Colin Reid, Jim Allan and Gary Anderson.
Alistair Duguid joins the Board of Directors.

July 1990
Accies Under 18 side won the BP International Youth Tournament at Grangemouth and as a result were presented with the Thistle Cup. Coaches to the side were John Park and newly appointed Alan Robertson.
August 1990
Season Ticket prices were as follows; Stand £70 (Adults); £50 (Child/OAP); Ground £50 (Adults) £30 (Child/OAP). Match day admissions were Stand £5 (Adult) £3 (Child/OAP) Ground £3.50 (Adult) £2 (Child/OAP).
The cost of a programme was 50p.
Willie McLean took over as Assistant Manager.

4th August 1990
For a fee of £25,000, Andy Millen joined the club in a two year deal from Alloa Athletic.

8th August 1990
Corinthian Casuals became the first English Non League side to visit Hamilton as part of the pre season build up.
Graham MacLean, a former goalkeeper, joins as a part-time coach.

25th August 1990
New signing, John Horne, scored the only goal in Accies opening Scottish League match at Falkirk. He was later ordered off.

1st September 1990
Chairman, Robert Gibb, in his statement in the match programme stated that this would be Accies last season at Douglas Park and it was hoped to move into the new stadium thereafter.   

17th September 1990
Former player and Manager, Jackie Cox, died at his home in Darvel. He was 80 years old. He joined the club from Darvel Juniors and was at right half in the Scottish Cup Final in 1935. He moved to Preston North End. He also appeared with Ayr United, Partick Thistle, Rangers and Stranraer. As well as Accies, he also was Manager with Ayr United and St Mirren.

16th October 1990
The decision by the Court of Session to over-rule the appeal by Strathclyde Regional Council over who had the decision making authority, as determined by the Secretary of State for Scotland, on the Hamilton Park West development proposals delighted all concerned with the club. This meant that Hamilton District Council’s Planning Committee could then decide on the proposals for Accies new all seated stadium, the construction of a new swimming pool on the present Douglas Park site, plus retail units. The Committee gave outline planning permission in favour of the proposals, submitted by developers L.A.W. Estates, on 24th October.

31st October 1990
Joe Murray, “Joker” as he was better known died at his home in Uddingston aged 76. He was another member of the team who lost 2-1 to Rangers in the Scottish Cup Final in 1935. When he left Hamilton he joined Bobby Reid at Brentford.

20th November 1990
The Ayr United officials presented an engraved tankard to the club as a mark of the 3000th Scottish League game played by Accies who fielded the following players in a 2-2 draw in front of 1,737 Tuesday night fans. Allan Ferguson; Kevin McKee and Ray McGuigan; Andy Millen; Jim Weir and Alex O’Hara; Colin Harris and Hugh Burns; George McCluskey; Craig Napier and Paul McDonald. Scorers were “Bomber” Harris and “Toby” McCluskey. Substituted was Alec O’Hara with Chris Hillcoat replacing him.

November 1990
It was announced in the press that Clyde F.C., would groundshare with Accies during season 1991-92 while their new ground at Cumbernauld was under construction.

February 1991
16 year old Colin Cramb was chosen to play in the Scottish Amateur Under 18 select and he scored in the trial match versus St Johnstone.

9th March 1991 and 13th March 1991
Accies met Meadowbank Thistle in a Scottish League match at Douglas Park.

March 1991
An Accies fan and programme seller, Roddy McKenzie, has been chosen for Scotland Schools Under 15 squad. He is an “S” signing with Heart of Midlothian.

20th April 1991
The Supporters team won the Scottish Supporters Football League Cup at Kirkcaldy, winning on penalties after a 1-1 draw. The side was managed by former player, John “Worzel” McNaught.

May 1991
Players freed were Gerry McCabe, Alex O’Hara and Nigel McNeil.

June 1991
At the AGM, Robert Gibb retired by rotation having spent his two years as Chairman. He remained on the Board of Directors. George Fulston stepped up and George Whitelaw became Vice Chairman. The remaining Directors were David Morrison, Managing Director and Secretary, Jim Watson and Alistair Duguid. George Fulston was elected onto the Scottish League Management Committee as one of the three First Division representative. He was the first post war official of the club so to do.
Former Manager, Eric Smith died, aged 56.

June 12th 1991
A combined fee of £60,000 brought Billy Reid and Gary Clark from Clyde.

July 1991
Willie McLean left the club to take up a post with the SFA.. George Miller became Assistant Manager as well as Commercial Manager.

Accies squad August 1991.
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Back row; Paul McDonald, Ray McGuigan, Chris Hillcoat, Paul McKenzie, George McCluskey, Hugh Burns, Scott Archer, Andy Millen, Stuart McLean and Kevin McKee. Middle row; Jamie Murphy, Jim
Weir, Colin Cramb, Allan Ferguson, Colin Harris, Michael Monaghan, Scott Jackson, Gary Clark and Kevin Bell. Seated; Billy McLaren (Manager), Graham MacLean (Coach), Craig Napier, Steve Moore, Colin Miller (Player/Coach), John Horne, Billy Reid, Frank Ness (Physio) and George Miller (Assistant Manager)
August 1991
An additional Director was appointed, Robert M. Borland.

November 1991
25 year old Scott Struthers appointed as Club Secretary. He has been programme Editor for the past three years.

5th November 1991
Michael Monaghan made his debut in goal for the club in the Semi Final of the B & Q Cup at home to Raith Rovers following a serious injury to regular netminder, Allan Ferguson four days previously at Firhill.

7th November 1991
Manager and players spent the day at Troon as a break from the normal training routine.

 B & Q Cup Final
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Standing are, Colin Harris, Jim Weir, Paul McKenzie, Chris Hillcoat, hidden by George McCluskey, Andy Millen, Rab McCulloch, behind Colin Miller and Billy Stark. Kneeling at the front are, Paul McDonald, Billy Reid, Kevin McKee, Gary Clark and Frank Ness.


9th December 1991
In the above match Accies defeated Ayr United by 1-0. Colin Harris scoring in the 13th minute from a free kick. This was Accies first appearance in a national Cup Final since 1935.
The men who played were; Rab McCulloch; Kevin McKee and Colin Miller; Andy Millen; Jim Weir and Paul McKenzie; Colin Harris and Billy Reid; George McCluskey; Gary Clark and Paul McDonald. The substitutes were Billy Stark and Chris Hillcoat, neither of whom played. The attendance was 9,633.

21st December 1991
At a civic reception to mark the winning of the B & Q Cup, hosted by Provost Dick Gibb of Hamilton District Council, the club were presented with a decanter.

6th February 1992
The B & Q Cup was stolen during a break in at the club in the early hours of the morning. No other item was taken.

21st February 1992
For a fee of £40,000, Kenny Ward joined the club from St Johnstone.
22nd February 1992
The death took place of David Wilson at his home in Partick. He was without doubt the best player ever to play for the club. He died of a heart attack at the age of 83.

March 1992
The young players at the club are doing well, Lee McCafferty, Jim Sherry and Jimmy Hyslop are in the Scotland Under 18 Amateur squad, while Gavin Boyd is in the Scottish Schoolboy Under 18 squad.

27th April 1992
Jamie Bulloch who was Accies captain in the 1935 Scottish Cup Final died in Germany at the age of 83.

2nd May 1992
Accies went into the final match of the season at home to Meadowbank Thistle knowing that if they were to win by four goals and Partick Thistle dropped at least a point at home to Forfar Athletic they would be promoted along with Dundee to the Premier League. Sadly, although Forfar did indeed draw 0-0, only two goals were scored by Accies. Promotion was missed by two goals.

3rd May 1992
Jim Weir guested for Everton against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Norman Whiteside Testimonial match. He was one of only two players who played the full 90 minutes, Everton won 4-2 after trailing 2-0.

12th May 1992
Billy McLaren sacked as Accies boss. 

Just before that he had announced that Jamie Murphy and Kevin Bell were being freed. It was also announced that George McCluskey and Billy Stark were also freed.

13th May 1992
The Under 18 side defeat Clyde, 3-1 to win the Scottish Amateur Under 18 Cup. Team captain, Jim Sherry, signs professional forms for the club.

14th May 1992
The Board of Directors invite applications for the Manager’s post.

20th May 1992
Colin Miller gains his 20th cap for Canada when he played versus Scotland in Toronto.

27th May 1992
Reserve team player, John Paul Curran, leaves for Switzerland, having been asked to guest for Celtic in an International Youth  tournament in Geneva.

3rd June 1992
Applications for the Manger’s job are considered and a short leet chosen.

5th June 1992
The Under 18 side win another trophy, the League Cup after beating St Mungo’s BC (Airdrieonians youth team), 3-2 at Larkhall.

11th June 1992
Iain Munro took over as Accies Manager with Phil Bonnyman as his Assistant.

20th June 1992
A fire in the upstairs lounge at Douglas Park causes considerable damage.
2nd and 3rd September 1992
Accies players, Lee McCafferty, John Paul Curran and Steven Renicks took part in trials at the National Sports Centre at Largs for the Scottish Youth team. McCafferty on the 2nd for Under 18 and the others on the 3rd at Under 17 level.

30th September 1992
Director Alistair Duguid, presented Alex Beverage with a tankard as a mark of his service to the Supporters Club.

October 1992
With the Final of the Lanarkshire Cup not being played last season, the SFA  declared Accies and Motherwell as joint winners with each club holding the trophy for six months.

22nd October 1992
Former player Wilson Humphries died at the age of 64 after a short illness.

25th October 1992
Club captain, Colin Miller scored a late equaliser for Canada versus El Salvador in San Salvador. This was his 25th cap for Canada.

8th November 1992
Two former Accies, Jamie Fairlie and Willie Pettigrew were in the Avon Villa side which met Avonbridge at the Jock Stein pitch at Hillhouse in the Over-35 Senior Association Cup Final.

In the Avonbridge side was Jim O’Donnell who also wore the hoops.

11th November 1992
The Semi Final of the B and Q Cup brought Meadowbank Thistle to Hamilton and on a night of torrential rain, Accies went through 2-1 on penalties after the match finished 1-1 after extra time.

Paul McDonald had scored with a penalty in normal time and he and Billy Reid were Accies successes in the shoot out in which Allan Ferguson saved 5 penalties.

18th November 1992
Coach, Graham MacLean left to join former Manager, Billy McLaren, at Albion Rovers.

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Team photo from 1992; Back row; Ray McGuigan; Paul McKenzie; Colin Cramb; Colin Harris; Jim Weir; Sean McEntegart; Chris Hillcoat and Kevin McKee. Middle row; Frank Ness (Physio); Kenny Ward; David McDonald; Allan Ferguson; Andy Millen; Mike Monaghan; Mick McAnenay; Jim Sherry and Phil Bonnyman (Coach). Front row; Craig Napier; Trevor Smith; Colin Miller; Iain Munro (Manager); Billy Reid; Paul McDonald and Gary Clark.

13th December 1992
Accies again win the B & Q Cup with a 3-1 win over Morton at Love Street, Paisley in front of a crowd of 7,391.
Accies lined up; Allan Ferguson; Chris Hillcoat and Colin Miller; Andy Millen; Jim Weir and Craig Napier; Michael Waters and Colin Harris; Colin Cramb; Gary Clark and Paul McDonald. Substitutes were Kenny Ward for Colin Cramb and Paul McKenzie for Michael Waters. Accies scorers were Gary Clark 2, and Chris Hillcoat.
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15th January 1993
Iain Munro received the Tartan Special award for Manager of the Month for December. This consisted of a cheque for £250 and an inscribed statuette.

28th January 1993
Turf specialists were called in to give advise on the condition of the playing surface at Douglas Park.

14th March 1993
Director, Alistair Duguid and Secretary, Scott Struthers represented the club at the SFA Safety and Security seminar at Dunblane.


29th March 1993
Craig Napier returned from Cyprus where he had played trials for Apoel.

31st March 1993
Colin Harris was transferred to Cowdenbeath where he will be Player/Assistant Manager.
Alan Whitelaw and Steven Renicks appeared with the Scottish Amateur Under 18 side.

13th May 1993
Accies Reserves lost 3-1 after extra time, to Rangers Reserves at Douglas Park in the Final of the Reserve League Cup.
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Team Group in April 1993.
Back row; Iain Munro (Manager); Chris Hillcoat; Stephen McInulty; Rab McCulloch; Jim Weir; Michael Waters; Charlie McLean; Colin Cramb and Phil  Bonnyman (Coach). Front row; Kenny Ward; Andy Millen; Billy Reid; Paul McDonald; Gary Clark and Kevin McKee.

May 1993
Players allowed to leave the club were, Trevor Smith, Kevin McKee, Rab McCulloch, Mark Dunn, Richie McBrearty and John Halpin.

5th June 1993
Chairman, George Fulston vowed that the club would spend big for the coming season, following the transfer of Paul McDonald and Colin Cramb to Southampton for a joint fee of £300,000.
He added that the new stadium at Whitehill would be ready by 1994.

July 1993
Season Tickets; Adults £125 Youths/OAP £65. Ground Adult £90 Youth/OAP £45.

Sponsors for the new season were George Wilson Ltd., the Stonehouse building firm.
Chairman, George Fulston was elected as Treasurer of the Scottish Football League and Alistair Duguid is now President of the Lanarkshire Football Association and as such represents that body on the SFA Council.
9th July 1993
New signings were Paul Chalmers and Crawford Baptie.

4th August 1993
Andy Millen left the club under Freedom of Contract to join Kilmarnock.

Frank Ness who had been the club physiotherapist for the last five years left and was replaced by David Henderson who had been with Clydebank and was employed at Stirling Infirmary.

16th August 1993
Jim Weir transferred to Heart of Midlothian for a club record fee, for Accies, of £225,000.

18th August 1993
For a fee of £10,000 defender Davie Moyes signs from Dunfermline Athletic despite offers from Kilmarnock and Preston North End, he was named as Player/ Coach.

20th August 1993
Dundee and Accies were fined £100 by the Scottish League as both clubs had listed a goalkeeper who had not been signed, in League Cup ties.

22nd August 1993
A report in the Sunday Mail said that an American, Lyle York, was to begin a four week trial at Hamilton. He had played in the Olympic Games and had been a member of the American national squad at Under 20 level.

He was not allowed to play by the Home Office as they don’t issue work permits unless players can prove that they are of full international standard.

George Fulston, Accies Chairman elected as Scottish League Treasurer. Alistair Duguid replaced Airdrieonians David Smith as Chairman of the Lanarkshire Football Association thus allowing him to represent the Association on the SFA Council.

28th August 1993
New joint record signing, John McQuade joined the club from Dumbarton for a fee of £60,000.

3rd September 1993
At a Tribunal at which the price of £75,000 was determined by High Court Judge Lord McCluskey, Scottish League President, Yule Craig and Tony Higgins of the Players Association, as a proper fee for the transfer of Andy Millen to Kilmarnock.

Accies figure was a more realistic £180,000. The Ayrshire club had offered £30,000.

17th September 1993
Blantyre based, Aberdeen Boys Club, became affiliated to Accies. It was anticipated that when the new season came along they would be renamed Accies Boys Club. Their coach, Jim Hendry felt that this would be a good move which would be beneficial to both organisations.
Iain Ferguson the former Rangers, Heart of Midlothian and Motherwell striker was a target for the club, however they could not meet his financial requirements.

21st September 1993
After only five matches in Accies colours, Davie Moyes left to join Preston North End whom he later managed with great success before taking over Premiership side Everton in 2002. Peter Duffield was signed from Sheffield United.

30th October 1993
In an explosive derby fixture, Accies defeated Airdrieonians 3-2 at Douglas Park where four players were sent off by Referee, Martin Clark, of Edinburgh. Kenny Ward opened the scoring after a brilliant run which took him past 3 defenders after 17 minutes. He was then booked for persistent fouling. 4 minutes before the interval Ferguson of the visitors was sent off for swinging his boot at Accie’s Paul McKenzie. Stephen McInulty was then sent off and Airdrieonians equalised from the resultant penalty in 56 minutes. A minute later Gary Clark scored with an exquisite lob from 30 yards. 2-1. He than added his second from a penalty. The Lawrence reduced the deficit. Accies finished the match with 8 men as Gary Clark and Kenny Ward were next to be ordered off. Accies hung on for a well deserved 2 points before 2,459 spectators.

14th November 1993
Dundee and Heart of Midlothian were said to be interested in Allan Ferguson.

1st December 1993
Phil Bonnyman commenced his new job as a Community Officer he therefore gave up his role as Assistant Manager. His role will be to become involved with schools and youth organisations.

8th December 1993
According to a report in the Evening Times, Celtic Manager, Lou Macari was poised to make a bid for  Allan Ferguson. He was rated at £150,000

17th December 1993
Strathclyde Regional Council gave the club a month to come up with proposals aimed at meeting stringent safety regulations and reducing the risk of fire in the main stand. The capacity of the main stand has been reduced in the meantime by the Council.

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The above players defeated Morton 4-1 at Douglas Park. Duffield and Campbell each scoring twice. The players are, back row; Sean McEntegart, Kenny Ward, Paul Fitzpatrick, Paul McKenzie, John McQuade and Stephen McInulty. Front row; Duncan Campbell, Peter Duffield, Allan Ferguson, Craig Napier and Billy Reid. The young lady is former player, Arthur McMillan’s daughter, Kirsty.

31st December 1993
It was  reported that Stephen McInulty and David Lorimer had spent a day training with Newcastle United.

7th January 1994
The Hamilton Advertiser stated that Chris Hillcoat was to have his cruciate ligament replacement operation in California. Yet another report in another newspaper said he was going to have treatment in Cambridge. I wonder which one he would prefer.

9th January 1994
Following a break in, a full set of strips were taken as well as £500 worth of cash and drink. Also taken was a police truncheon which was presented to the club after they hosted a Scottish Police Cup Final in 1990.

22nd January 1994
For the match versus St Mirren, the main stand was closed as vital fire safety work had not been completed. It would be almost a month before it would be reopened. According to Director, George Fulston the estimated cost to the club was in the region of £1500 per game.

1st February 1994
Craig Napier was transferred to Kilmarnock. The fee was in the region of £60,000. Accies then signed Martin McIntosh from Clydebank for half that figure.

5th February 1994
Accies were the first visitors to Clyde’s new stadium in Cumbernauld at Broadwood. It was all ticket with 6,300 in attendance. Accies were allocated 1,000 priced at £6. Accies won 2-0. Duncan Campbell and Peter Duffield being the scorers.

14th February 1994
In an eventful Reserve League match at home to East Stirlingshire, Charlie McLean who was unwell before the start of the game so he was listed as a substitute. He came off the bench in the second half, scored two goals and was the sent off for retaliation. Accies won 6-1.

25th February 1994
The death was announced of Pat Barkey, a former player and coach of the club, at the age of 50 at his home in Cambuslang. His son, also Pat, played for the club as well. Both appeared on the left wing.

11th March 1994
Club Chairman, George Fulston advised newspapers reporters that Accies new stadium was “just round the corner”. He described the developers as a “blue chip” company. He also advised that he had set aside offices at his company, Ful-Ton Fork Lift, for Accies manager, Iain Munro, Secretary Scott Struthers and commercial staff so that they could move there when Douglas Park is vacated.

19th March 1994
Billy Reid, “Badger”, leaves the club in a £20,000 move to John Brogan’s Stirling Albion.
Four days later, Colin Miller is signed by St Johnstone, the fee was £35,000. He has 40 Canadian caps to his name 29 of them since coming to Douglas Park in September 1988.

26th March 1994
Brechin City were defeated 9-1 by Accies at Douglas Park by the following side;
Allan Ferguson; Paul McKenzie and Stephen McInulty; Sean McEntegart; Crawford Baptie and Martin McIntosh; Kenny Ward and Charlie McLean; Paul Chalmers; Peter Duffield and Gary Clark.
Substitute was David Lorimer for Gary Clark.

Goalscorers were Clark, Ward, Baptie, McLean, Duffield 4 (1 penalty) and McIntosh.
29th March 1994
Welsh “B” and Under 21 Internationalist, Lee Powell was signed by Manager Iain Munro on the recommendation of former player, Colin Cramb who had played alongside Powell with Southampton. Prior to joining Accies he had spent a period on trial with Sheffield United.   

Canadian Under 21 player, Stephen Gibb, of Toronto Blizzard, on trial with the club.

9th April 1993
3 Accies signings, Steven Renicks, Steven McCormick and Gary Tennant were all in the Scotland Under 18 squad to face Wales at Kilbowie Park, Clydebank.

11th April 1994
“S” signing, Jamie Bruce, was included in the Scotland Under 18 side to face The Army at McDiarmid Park, Perth.

4th May 1994
At a meeting of Hamilton District Council agreement was reached regarding the construction of a new stadium. The site is on mainly derelict land north of Douglas Park and bounded by the railway line, Auchinraith Avenue and Kenmar Road, Whitehill.

The name of the proposed developer was not disclosed. Council Leader, Tom McCabe was said to be “delighted”.

7th May 1994
Hours after watching Accies lose 3-0 at Brockville, George Fulston announced that he was taking over the Falkirk club. As a result he resigned as Scottish League Treasurer as well as other committee posts he held. His actual resignation from Accies Board was made on Wednesday 11th May.

11th May 1994
Manager, Iain Munro met with fans prior to the reserve match at home to Stirling Albion to answer any questions put to him.

14th May 1994
The last ever Scottish League First Division match was played at Douglas Park when Dumbarton were the visitors. Accies won with the following players; Dave Cormack; Paul McKenzie and Stephen McInulty; Sean McEntegart; Crawford Baptie and Dave Nicolls; John McQuade and Derek McGill; Duncan Campbell; Peter Duffield and Kenny Ward. Substitutes were Paul Chalmers for Campbell and Pat Clark
for Ward. Peter Duffield scored both Accies goals in a 2-1 win. Dumbarton’s counter came from Eddie Cunnington who later joined Accies. The crowd was 1,451.

May 1994
Players freed were, Kenny Ward, Lee Powell and David Ward.

27th May 1994
It was announced that Accies would be moving to Firhill until the new stadium was completed.

A third choice strip was being registered for the new season, it will consist of an all yellow shirt, red shorts and red and white hooped socks.

31st May 1994
At the AGM of the Scottish Football League it was agreed that 3 points would be awarded for a win and that three substitutes could be used in a match.


June 1994
With Accies now playing their matches at Firhill following the move from Douglas Park it was decided that season ticket holders would be taken there by bus. The cost of which would be paid when the ticket was purchased.

The new season’s tickets were set at; Adult £120 plus £20 for transport. OAP and fans under 16 would have to pay £70 plus £15.

July 1994
English developers, Sunnycliff Properties Ltd., lodged plans for a supermarket, retail units and leisure facilities, including a multi screen cinema on the Douglas Park site.

4th August 1994
Accies entertained Hereford United in a Friendly at Douglas Park. Scottish League matches however, would be played at Firhill in Glasgow.
It was intimated that during the close season, Vice-Chairman, George Whitelaw had resigned. Jim Watson took over as Chairman for a second spell. George Miller, Commercial Manager left the club to do a similar job at Falkirk.. Physio, David Henderson departed for a full-time post with St Johnstone, while Gerry McCabe returned to Accies as a full-time coach.

17th August 1994
Accies played their first match at Firhill, it was a League Cup fixture versus Clyde which was won 5-0. The team was; Allan Ferguson, Paul McKenzie and Stephen McInulty, Sean McEntegart; Crawford Baptie and Martin McIntosh, John McQuade and Jim Sherry, Paul Chalmers, Peter Duffield and David Lorimer. The scorers were McEntegart, Baptie, McLean, Campbell and Sherry. Substitutes were, Duncan Campbell for Lorimer and Charlie McLean for Chalmers. The attendance was 942.

27th August 1994
David Campbell, owner of a Rutherglen building company joined the Board of Directors, a Lanarkshire man, he resides in Strathaven.

1st September 1994
Alistair Duguid took over the role of Chief Executive of the club.

5th September 1994
Frank Layton appointed as Commercial Manager. He had been in a similar position with Carlisle United for the past 6 years.

September 1994
The proposed deal with Sunnycliff collapsed when the developers did not come up with the money for the site.
Following a Boardroom re-shuffle, Glasgow building company owner, David Campbell, took over as Club Chairman.

October 1994
An agreement is reached by the Board of Directors with another development company, Retail Parks (Scotland) Ltd. for the sale of Douglas Park and adjoining pieces of land for a new Sainsbury’s supermarket and shopping units. Part of the agreement is that the club will receive an additional £1.1m from Retail Parks when the shopping units are let.

1st October 1994
Paul Hartley in the Scotland Under 18 squad which travelled to Norway to participate in a mini-tournament involving Scotland, Norway and Israel. He came on as a substitute in the match against Norway.
25th November 1994
Chief Executive, Alistair Duguid, in an interview with Chief Reporter John Rowbotham of the Advertiser said, “contrary to rumours, there is no danger of the stadium deal collapsing”.

David Campbell took over as Club Chairman with Robert Gibb as Vice Chairman.
Community coach, Phil Bonnyman left the club.

25th January 1995
The last official match, a Scottish Reserve League fixture versus Queen of the South was played at Douglas Park with Steven McCormick scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win for Accies.

27th January 1995
Cranes and lorries moved into Douglas Park to dismantle the floodlights which were expected to used at Accies new stadium.

4th February 1995
Former Albion Rovers and Dumbarton player, Jim Chapman, joined the club as the SFA Community Coach.
The new premises for the club office staff was at the Tudor Lodge, Burnbank Road, Hamilton.

6th February 1995
The Scottish Cup tie at home to Rangers produced the biggest home attendance, 18,379, for Accies for over 40 years and record gate receipts. The visitors won 3-1.

24th March 1995
19 year old Scott McCulloch was signed from Rangers, no fee was involved. A left sided midfielder who had been capped as a schoolboy.

29th April 1995
Vice-Chairman, Robert Gibb, died. He had suffered severe injuries after a road accident in December 1994 whilst on his way to a Board meeting in Hamilton. He had been a Board member for 25 years except for a short spell in the 1980’s.

May 1995
Players released were, Gerry McCabe, Crawford Baptie, Pat Clark, Charlie McLean, Michael Waters and Ian McCall.

6th July 1995
Peter Duffield’s contract expired and he was the target for a few clubs as in less than two years with Accies he scored 43 goals in 79 appearances. He was valued at around £300,000 by the club.

31st July 1995
Derek McGill and Martin Tighe left the club.

18th August 1995
Manager Iain Munro and Chief Executive, Alistair Duguid represented the club at the Tribunal to argue the club’s case for a reasonable fee for Peter Duffield. The Tribunal’s decision was £135,000.

22nd August 1995
There was no programme issued for the Scottish League match at home to Airdrieonians.

30th August 1995
Former player and Manager, John Lowe, died at his home in Arran.

7th September 1995
It was reported that the previous week three companies, Bishopbriggs Holdings, who were owed £45,000, Cadzow Distributors, £12,500 and Greystone, £450,00, had asked the Court of Session to impose an administration order on the club. The Chairman, David Campbell stated that funds to cover these amounts had been lodged with the court.

The club recently had their assets frozen and have yet to receive the £70,000 from the previous season’s Scottish Cup tie against Rangers and the £135,000 set by a Tribunal for the transfer of Peter Duffield to Airdrieonians.
Crawford Baptie was resigned until the end of the season.

9th September 1995
In an article in the club programme, Chairman, David Campbell reiterated the above re the club having financial difficulties. he concludes his statement thus, “It is ironic that the petition for administration which the promoters say will save the club, appears to have been masterminded by the man who is largely responsible for the difficulties which the club has encountered”.

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Back row; Sean McEntegart; Scott McCulloch; Allan Ferguson; Dave Cormack; Gary Clark and Chris Hillcoat. Middle row; Douglas Lauchlan (Physio); Stephen McInulty; Steven Thomson; Crawford Baptie; Craig Paterson; Martin McIntosh and John McQuade; Front row; Iain Munro (Manager);  Steven Renicks; Ian McParland; Paul Hartley; Jim Sherry; Dugald McCarrison; Steven McCormick; Raymond McStay; David Lorimer and Sandy Clark (Assistant Manager).

13th September 1995
At the Court of Session a Judge rejected an application to have an administrator appointed to control the affairs of the club. The petition was made by three companies owed money by Accies. Club Chairman, David Campbell, slammed the move as an attempt by former Chairman, Jim Watson to regain control of the club. Steps are being made to remove Mr Watson and fellow Director, Bill Donnelly from the club’s Board, as their names appeared on the petition. A third Director, Bill Davidson, whose name was also on the petition has already resigned. Both Mr Donnelly and Mr Davidson said they were not aware that their names were on the petition. The latter owns shares in the club to the value of £100, while Mr Donnelly’s company, REC Engineering of Bellshill own £50,000 worth of shares in Accies holding company entitling them to a seat on the Board of the football club. The club estimated that the appointment of an administrator would have cost them £100,000. He would have had the power to control the club’s financial affairs and remove and appoint Directors.

28th September 1995
Accies were said to interested in signing former players, Colin Cramb and Colin Miller.

11th November 1995
The death occurred at his home in Larkhall, of Willie Telfer. He spent a season with the club in 1961 after being with St Mirren, Rangers and Queen of the South. A centre half, he was a Scottish Internationalist.

13th November 1995
Angolan born winger, Jose Quitongo played as a trialist against Queen’s Park in a Reserve League West match and was outstanding in a 5-2 win and was signed by Manager Iain Munro.

26th December 1995
David Cormack became the first goalkeeper to come on as a substitute for Accies in a Scottish League match when he replaced the injured Allan Ferguson at Tannadice versus Dundee United in a First Division match which finished 1-1.

Accies first team squad in 1995.
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Back row; Sean McEntegart, Scott McCulloch, Alan Ferguson, Dave Cormack, Gary Clark and Chris Hillcoat. Middle row; Dougie Lauchlan (Physiotherapist), Stephen McInulty, Steven Thomson, Crawford Baptie, Craig Paterson, Martin McIntosh, John McQuade and Mick McBride (Physiotherapist), Front row; Iain Munro (Manager), Steven Renicks, Ian McParland, Paul Hartley, Jim Sherry, Dugald McCarrison, Steven McCormick, Raymond McStay, David Lorimer and Sandy Clark (Assistant Manager).

28th December 1995
26 year old defender, David Craig, is signed from Dundee United on a free transfer.

20th January 1996
The match programme included a couple of lines to say that the club was now selling its own brand of whisky at a cost of £14 per bottle.

24th January 1996
The club were told to pay Ian Jay, the chartered surveyor appointed to set up the new stadium deal, £378,000, as a result of legal action undertaken by Mr Jay.

 It was expected that the costs of the case would add a further £100,000 to the figure.

8th February 1996
It was announced that Accies plan to use a £1.2m bank loan to kick-start their new stadium bid. A company controlled by Chairman David Campbell are to apply for the loan, using as security the 14 acres of land earmarked for the new ground. Two extraordinary general meetings will be held on Monday 12th February 1996 at which shareholders will be asked to approve plans to switch ownership of the 14 acre site to Newco, the company set up by Mr Campbell. This meant that if the move was successful a funding package of about £3m would be in place consisting of the £1.2m loan, £1m grant from the Football Trust and £150,000 proceeds of the sale of Douglas Park and grants, yet to be approved, from public agencies.

12th February 1996
At an Extraordinary General Meeting, the shareholders voted unanimously in favour of a funding plan for the new ground.

22nd February 1996
Council Leader, Tom McCabe, said that South Lanarkshire Council were looking at ways in which they could support the club. He hoped to make an announcement soon. There was speculation that as the Council were short of office space they might be in a position to lease office space in the new stand.

18th March 1996
Community coach, Jim Chapman was delegated to look after the England Under 18 squad who were playing at Fir Park, Motherwell.

22nd April 1996
By losing 2-0 at home to Dundee United, Accies were doomed to relegation to the Second Division.

28th April 1996
Director, Jim Watson intimated his resignation from the Board of Directors prior to the Annual General Meeting of the shareholders. Bill Donnelly was also said to be resigning.

May 1996
Four players, Stephen McInulty, Raymond McStay, Martin Tighe and Brian Burns were freed by Iain Munro. David Craig moved to Premier League football with Raith Rovers.
Paul Hartley was invited by Coach, Craig Brown, to join the Scotland squad in England for the European Championships to help with training routines and other duties.

June 1996
Discounted season tickets went on sale. Adults £110; Youths and OAP’s £65; Under 14’s £25. Young fans had to be born on or after 1st August 1982.
Paul Hartley was transferred to Millwall for a club record fee of £380,000.
It was anticipated that Manager Iain Munro would be given around £60,000 to sign players and the balance of the transfer fee would go to-wards the construction of the proposed ground.

8th August 1996
Accies commenced the new season in another “home”, Albion Rovers Cliftonhill. St Mirren were the first visitors and the match, a Scottish League Challenge Cup tie was won 2-0 by Accies thanks to 2 goals from Jose Quitongo. The line up was; Allan Ferguson; Chris Hillcoat and Steven Renicks; Steven Thomson; Paul McKenzie and Martin McIntosh; Jose Quitongo and Jim Sherry; Crawford Baptie; Paul Ritchie and Gary Clark. No substitutes were used. Attendance was 898.
10th September 1996
Iain Munro resigned as Manager to take up a similar position with St Mirren. Sandy Clark who had been his assistant was appointed in his place.

13th October 1996
17 year old David McFarlane leaves with the Scotland Under 18 squad for the Qualifying Tournament in Holland for the European Under 18 Championship Finals. Scotland’s games are against Wales, Lithuania and Holland. David played against the first two countries.

7th November 1996
John McGuinness, the £10m Lottery winner was being asked to join Accies Board, however a consortium headed by former Directors, Jan Stepek and Jim Watson have made a bid to take-over the club and have gone to court to prevent dealings in the club shares. Mr McGuinness had expressed an interest in joining the Board but only if the take-over failed.

20th November 1996
Chairman, David Campbell was pessimistic about his chances of retaining control of the club as the shares which were held by the late Robert Gibb are now held by the other parties interested in taking over.
Jim Fallon joined the club as Physiotherapist.

December 1996
The consortium headed by Jim Watson were granted an interim interdict in the Court of Session, this effectively means that there can be no further dealings regarding Deeka therefore there could be no additions to its Board.

19th December 1996
The Sports Editor of the Hamilton Advertiser in an editorial called on Jim Watson to admit defeat in his bid to take over the club following the failure of the group of businessmen to gain control of Deeka, Accies holding company.

January 1997
In a press statement issued by the group who were trying to take over the club, Jan Stepek claimed he owned the £50,000 shares which had previously been Robert Gibb’s. Had the bid been successful to oust David Campbell, Mr Stepek would have become a Director of Deeka. However he says he has no intention of again becoming involved in the running of the club.

25th January 1997
When Accies defeated Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3-1 in the Scottish Cup at Caledonian Stadium they made history as the first visiting team to win at the ground.

30th January 1997
The club advised the local press that they were in negotiation with a South Lanarkshire company with a view to securing a substantial cash injection for their stadium proposals.

15th February 1997
For the Scottish Cup tie at Motherwell it was estimated that Accies fans numbered 1,800 in the crowd of 8,050

17th February 1997
The Scottish Football League’s Compensation Tribunal decided that Accies should receive £2,500 from Raith Rovers as an appropriate fee for the transfer of Derek McGill. This was well below Accies valuation of £60,000. The Fife club had offered nothing at all.


18th February 1997
David McFarlane was in the Scotland Under 18 squad which met England at Bury.

Director William Whitelaw resigned for personal reasons.

19th February 1997
Chairman David Campbell denied that was about to quit the club despite rumours to the contrary. It was announced that Director George Whitelaw whose bus company hold £50,000 shares in Accies had resigned. Alistair Duguid, Chief Executive felt he had done so for personal reasons. Mr Whitelaw could not be contacted for comment.

26th February 1997
The Replay of the Scottish Cup tie versus Motherwell was played at Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld in front of 4,285 fans which the visitors won 2-0.

March 1997
Sandy Clark was named as Second Division Manager of the Month for February.

2nd March 1997
Former Director, Bill Davidson died. He was also Chief Scout in the 1970’s.

24th March 1997
In a Reserve League fixture played at Loch Park, Carluke, Accies defeated Airdrieonians 5-4 with Gary Clark scoring all of Accies goals.

16th April 1997
Talks took place between David Campbell and Jim Watson in an endeavour to clear the way for the construction of the new ground. No details were given about the meeting.
Sandy Clark was named as Second Division Manager of the Month for March.

19th April 1997
By defeating Berwick Rangers 5-0 at Sheilfield, Accies were assured of promotion from the Second Division.

26th April 1997
Accies met Ayr United in a Scottish League fixture at Fir Park, Motherwell before 5,156 spectators as both teams were seeking to win the League title. The match ended 1-1 which suited the visitors.

10th May 1997
By drawing at home to Livingston, Accies finished as runners up to Ayr United.

14th May 1997
Sandy Clark was named as Bells Second Division Manager of the Year.
   
19th May 1997
Sandy Clark announced his list of free transfers. It was, Crawford Baptie, Kevin Fotheringham, Ricky Donachie, Steven Paris and Billy Lamont.

Paul Ritchie won the Second Division Player of the Year Award from the Scottish Professional Footballer’s Association. He had scored 34 League and cup goals.

1st June 1997
South Lanarkshire Council hosted a reception for the club to celebrate their return to the First Division. Around 120 attended.
7th June 1997
Steven Renicks was in the Scotland Under 21 side which lost 1-0 to Belarus Under 21’s in Minsk.
The death occurred of John “Worzel” McNaught, just a few days short of his 33rd birthday.

30th July 1997
Three Directors, Chairman David Campbell, Chief Executive, Alistair Duguid and David Campbell Junior, resign. David Campbell, senior, was offered a seat on the new Board as well as a place on the Board of Deeka but he declined.

2nd August 1997
When Steven McCormick opened the scoring in 3 minutes against Partick Thistle at Cliftonhill it was the first Scottish League goal of the new season.

3rd August 1997
The Sunday Post carried an article about John McGuiness the £10m Lottery winner who had been asked to join Accies Board by former Chairman, David Campbell. He said it was no longer possible that this would happen due to the recent Boardroom wrangles.

7th August 1997
Drawn against the holders, Rangers, in the Second Round of the Coca Cola Cup, the match was played at Fir Park, Motherwell as Cliftonhill, Accies home for the season, was unsuitable. A crowd of 8,866 saw the visitors win 1-0.

13th August 1997
Left sided central defender, Martin McIntosh, was transferred to Stockport County for a fee of £80,000.

18th August 1997
A new Board of Directors, of which there were only 2 members was announced. William Sherry, aged 54, was Chief Executive while David Gebbie who was 57 would be Chairman. Mr Sherry explained that he had no involvement with the recent take over by the club by a consortium headed by two former Chairmen, Jan Stepek and Jim Watson nor had either he nor David Gebbie any connection with the holding company, Deeka. He stated that Deeka’s aim was to provide a new stadium and it was hoped that it would be time for next season.

16th September 1997
David Craig joins the club for the second time when he was signed from Raith Rovers for around £30,000.

20th September 1997
Accies defeated Dundee 2-0 at Dens Park, only the second time it had been done since 1936.

1st October 1997
His contract with club having expired, Jose Quitongo started training with Heart of Midlothian despite Manager Sandy Clark making him the biggest offer in the club’s history.

He was later transferred on 11th October, to the Tynecastle club for a fee of £80,000.

October 1997
David McFarlane scored 2 goals for Scotland Under 18’s in a 5-0 win in Denmark.

1st November 1997
Club ties were advertised in the match programme at £8 each.

Gary Wales joined the club from Links United Boys Club based in Livingston.

5th November 1997
Lawyers acting for former Chairman, David Campbell, have placed a mandate on proceeds arising from a land deal vital to the new stadium scheme. This action was taken as Mr Campbell is due £1m from the new Board as this was loaned to Accies when he was Chairman. When asked for his comments on the matter, Jim Watson replied, “I never speak to the press.”

8th November 1997
A Race Night and Dance was held in Hillhouse Civic Centre as part of the Benefit Year celebrations for Allan Ferguson and Chris Hillcoat.

17th November 1997
A rumour that Accies grant of £1m from The Football Trust to-wards the cost of building the new stadium would be lost unless the end of year planning deadline was met was quashed by the Trust vice chairman Tom “Tiny” Wharton.

29th November 1997
The club’s new sponsor was announced as MJ Gleeson, civil engineers and builders with an annual turnover of £200m.

December 1997
A programme produced in 1913 to commemorate the opening of Accies new stand when Rangers were the visitors came up for auction at Christie’s in Glasgow. It was expected to sell for between £120 and £150 but the bidding went beyond that to an incredible £600. The purchaser wished to remain anonymous.

2nd December 1997
Defender Scott McCulloch left the club in the belief that he was a free agent and agreed terms with Dunfermline Athletic. Earlier in the season the Fife club had made an offer of £50,000 for the player which Accies rejected.

4th December 1997
The club finally managed to find a sponsor, the M.J.Gleeson Group, the company behind the development of  the retail sit adjacent to Accies proposed new stadium. The deal was worth £20,000 would cover the remainder of the season with an option to renew it in the new season.

13th December 1997
The game which should have gone ahead was postponed the day before due to problems with the electrical system at Cliftonhill. Airdrieonians were the visitors.

24th January 1998
A last minute goal by captain, Richard Gough, took Rangers into the Fourth Round of the Scottish Cup with a 2-1 win over Accies at Fir Park, Motherwell.

It was estimated that had the match finished in a draw, the replay at Ibrox would have been worth £150,000 to Accies. It wasn’t to be however.

28th February 1998
Office staff moved to new premises, Enable Building, Prospect House, New Park Street, Hamilton from Tudor Lodge, Burnbank Road.

24th March 1998
Former Accie, Martin McIntosh in the Scotland “B” squad to meet Wales at Cumbernauld.

He scored the first goal in a 4-0 victory.
   
May 1998
Season Ticket prices were announced as; Adults £165 Youth and OAP £85 Adult and Child £190 Child under 14 £35. These prices to apply from July 1st prior to that discounts are available.

David Craig left to join Ayr United, Jim Sherry moved to Livingston, while Paul Ritchie was said to be going to Hong Kong. Frees were given to these players; Andy Neilson, Alan Holmes and Brian Low. Sean McEntegart left to take up an opportunity as an accountant. Allan Ferguson moved to St Johnstone on Freedom of Contract.

7th May 1998
By their 4-0 win over Alloa, the reserve side won the Reserve League West title on goal difference from St Mirren. This was the first Reserve League title won since 1980.

8th August 1998
The new season opened with the club back at Firhill in a Scottish League Cup tie against Hibernian.
South Lanarkshire Council approved a planning application from the club for a new stadium consisting of four stands with an all seated capacity of 10,700 between the site of Douglas Park and Whitehill. Following the meeting a special meeting of the Council’s Home and Property Committee was convened at which it was agreed to rent 18,000 sq. ft., of office space in the planned North Stand. This will provide revenue for the club.
Permission was also granted to the Surrey based M.J.Gleeson Group, to build six retail units on ground formerly owned by Accies next to the proposed stadium. The proceeds from this sale will also go to-wards the funding of the new ground.
About 30 supporters attended a special meeting of the planning committee at which the stadium scheme and a linked retail development were considered. The plans included a £6.5m stadium which will include the club headquarters, more than 4000 sq. metres of letable floor space, hospitality suites, a restaurant, fast food shop and other accommodation. The Council also agreed to let the club use their car park for away support, it would provide space for 350 cars and 60 buses. A further 400 spaces for home supporters, players and officials is planned at the site.

5th September 1998
Sandy Clark left the club to become Manager of St Johnstone.

Jim Fallon was asked to take over on a temporary basis.

18th September 1998
Former player, Colin Miller was appointed as Manager.

15th October 1998
It was reported that Walter Elder, Chairman in the 1960’s had died at the age of 95.

16th November 1998
Willie McInnes, the club groundsman and announcer died at the age of 77. He was one of the founder members of the Supporters Club which was recommenced after the Second World War.

17th November 1998
Gary Wales was called into the Scotland Under 21 squad but had to withdraw due to injury.

20th November 1998
Community Coach, Jim Chapman left the club to take up a similar position in America.

23rd December 1998
Preston North End had Steven Renicks on trial. The Deepdale club were also interested in David McFarlane.
January 1999
Ally Dawson appointed as Assistant Manager, he was previously coach with Ayr United.

21st January 1999
Chief Executive, Bill Sherry, advised that the agreement with developers, Gleeson, had been restructured. Under the terms of the new agreement, Gleeson had agreed in principle to pay up front the £1.3m owed to former Chairman, David Campbell. Gleeson has already paid £600,000 to fund preparatory work at the stadium site near Whitehill.

6th February 1999
For the home match against Airdrieonians it was announced that the price of admission would be reduced to £5.

17th February 1999
Major shareholder, Jim Watson admits that the club have been given until the end of the month to pay the £1.3m owed to former Director, David Campbell. News of the deadline came after a third public meeting was arranged by Council Leader, Tom McCabe. Chief Executive, Bill Sherry and Jim Watson were expected to be present to set out the terms for the funding package for the stadium.

10th March 1999
An initiative was unveiled aimed at restoring the reputation of the county as a source of promising young players. South Lanarkshire Council are to spend £100,000 on establishing a soccer academy at Accies new stadium.

24th March 1999
Finnish Internationalist, Marko Rajamaki came on loan from Livingston until the end of the season.
Tommy Tait and Paul McKenzie were told that they could leave Accies as soon as they find another club, in the meantime they may still be required.

April 1999
As Accies struggled to attract a financial backer for the proposed new stadium, developers, Gleeson, extended their deadline for the conclusion of the deal to 24th May. Chief Executive, Bill Sherry told the press that a loan offer from Barclays Bank “was still on the table”, but added, “that there might be a better alternative”.

8th May 1999
A 1-0 defeat by Airdrieonians at their Shyberry Excelsior Stadium meant Accies were relegated to the Second Division.

20th May 1999
Players freed by Manager Colin Miller were, John Hillcoat, Neil Berry, Alan Kerr, John Murphy and Michael Geraghty. The departure of Paul McKenzie and Tommy Tait had been announced earlier in the season. Marko Rajamaki’s loan period over, he returned to Livingston who freed him and he returned to Finland.

Ross Maclaren was called into the Scotland Under 17 squad who were due to leave on Monday 24th May for Portugal where they would meet the host country as well as Spain and the Czech Republic.

He played in all 3 games.

7th June 1999
Danny Stillie, a former player died at the age of 72 after a short illness.


July 1999
Chief Executive, Bill Sherry,  apologised to the players after their monthly pay cheques failed to arrive. “it was just a hiccup”, he said. “There was temporary shortage of funds because we needed to move money from one account to another and we required a signature. Its all been explained to the players, who were very pragmatic about it. They are in the process of being paid and any surcharges they incur will be met by the club”.

24th July 1999
Heart of Midlothian signed Gary Wales for a £50,000 fee and he turned out for them that day against Tottenham Hotspur.

23rd August 1999
Colin Miller resigned as Manager.

7th September 1999
Former Swedish Internationalist, Robert Prytz joins the club as a Coach.

11th September 1999
Ally Dawson was confirmed as Accies new Manager.

24th September 1999
Accies fan, Stephen Mungall stood as a candidate for Parliament under the banner, “Accies Home, Watson Away”, and polled 1,075 votes to retain his deposit.

November 1999
Ross Maclaren came on as a substitute in the Scotland Under 18 side in a match in France against Armenia which was won 2-1.

10th November 1999
The Hamilton Advertiser carried a report to the effect that a supporters group had drawn up plans to take over the club. Led by Steve Mungall, the people involved had had talks with Director Jim Watson, who had said that he was “prepared to listen to offers for the club”. This idea had come about following the new Government proposals aimed at giving supporters the opportunity to create “community clubs”. It is understood that under the scheme, a trust would fund the start-up and running costs of non-profit-making trusts which would either manage existing blocks of supporters shares or underwrite the management costs in a take-over bid. The funding for would be met by The Co-operative Bank.


3rd January 2000
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The above players formed the side which appeared against Partick Thistle in the first match of the 2000 on January 3rd which was an away fixture which ended 2-2. They are; Standing, Gordon Hunter, Steven Thomson, Eddie Cunnington, Martin Bonnar, Paul Gaughan, Ian Macfarlane and Ryan Kelly. Kneeling; Darren Henderson, Ian McAulay, Steven McCormick and Michael Martin.

15th January 2000
Jose Quitongo returns to the club on a one month contract.

4th February 2000
Quitongo signs till the end of the season.

26th February 2000
Only a team sheet was issued for the Scottish League match at home to Queen of the South, there was no programme.

14th March 2000
No programme versus Stenhousemuir.

16th March 2000
Strike action by the players due to non payment of wages was averted as part of the wages had been paid on Monday 13th with the balance to be paid on either of the two following days.

Controlling shareholder, Jim Watson described the delay as regrettable and said it was caused due to the recent legal wrangle with former Chairman, George Whitelaw who had sought payment for storage of the floodlights from Douglas Park at £1 per metre per week.
As a result £34,000 of the club’s money was frozen. He said that Mr Whitelaw had been awarded £9,500. The balance has yet to be repaid after expenses are dealt with.

18th March 2000
No programme for the Scottish League match versus Partick Thistle.

25th March 2000
No programme issued against Alloa Athletic.

29th March 2000
It was reported that Hamilton would be the last club to receive major financial help to-wards a new stadium from the now defunct Football Trust.

1st April 2000
Accies players fail to turn up for the match versus Stenhousemuir at Ochilview as they had not been paid. Terry Bulloch, the Chairman of the home club stated that Accies should be automatically relegated for bringing the game into disrepute. he players had threatened to strike on previous occasions due to non payment of wages.
 A spokesman for the Scottish League said in the national press that Stenhousemuir would not be awarded the points. Hamilton will be deducted 3 points and the game arranged for a later date.

2nd April 2000
A statement was issued by Chief Executive, Bill Sherry following the postponement of the match at Stenhousemuir. It read as follows, ”Hamilton Accies deeply regret that certain players decided not to play at Stenhousemuir, even though this was a breach of contract. The problem apparently arose on Friday afternoon when the players received their salary. Those who bank with the club’s bankers, the Clydesdale Bank, received immediate payment. The others declined to accept their cheques notwithstanding that funds were in place. We deeply regret the outcome of events and apologise to our good friends at Stenhousemuir and to our supporters”.

4th April 2000
Supporters staged a protest at Alloa before the Scottish League match which Accies lost 2-0.

6th April 2000
The Hamilton Advertiser carried a report regarding the players strike. A statement was issued by Scottish Professional Players Association in which the players reasons for not turning up were outlined. The statement said that following late payment of wages in February, they were assured that their wages for March “plus a special compensation payment” would be paid by 31st March. “This did not happen,” the statement said, “and this was the fifth time in six months when wages were not paid on time. On the Friday prior to the Stenhousemuir game, the players indicated that unless cleared funds were available as normal they were not prepared to play. Players refused cheques as some had bounced the previous month and they had therefore no trust in their ability to be honoured.”
Chief Executive, Bill Sherry admitted on 5th April that players had been paid late on several occasions. He blamed it on having been relegated to the Second Division. He said, “On Friday, there was sufficient money to cover all the players who bank at the same bank as the club. The rest of the cheques would not be cleared until the Tuesday. I explained this to the players and told them to take their cheques and put them in their banks. They refused because of the position they had been put in previously. The players who refused the cheques on the Friday were later given amended cheques which they could cash on the Monday.” He added,” I sincerely hope this situation doesn’t arise again. By the time we get round to the next pay cheques, we should have planning permission for the stadium deal which will generate extra income.”
In the same edition an article also revealed that senior South Lanarkshire Council officials were furious about the turn of events. The previous week they had met with club officials to discuss the stadium planning application but were not aware of the players action until they had read about in the papers. One source had commented, “The capital seems to be there to build the new ground, but the estimates for income seem to be extremely ambitious. There is a worry that the club will not survive the 12 months following the construction of the stadium.”
8th April 2000
An unofficial programme produced by Accies Supporters Association for the game against Clyde.

20th April 2000
The Scottish Football League Management Committee to decide Accies fate following the players non appearance at Stenhousemuir.

The club had 15 points deducted by the members who were appointed to adjudicate. From having 40 points, Accies were then reduced to 25, leaving them at the foot of the table 3 points adrift of Queen of the South with 3 games left to play. They were also instructed to pay Stenhousemuir’s expenses.
Chairman of the appeal committee, Alan McRae of Cove Rangers had suggested a fine of £25,000 and the deduction of only 3 points. He was supported by Tom Johnstone of the Scottish Junior FA. The other 3 members, Brown McMaster of Partick Thistle, Jack Bryson of the Scottish Welfare FA and Willie McKee of Alloa Athletic agreed with the original decision and the appeal was lost.

22nd April 2000
An appeal was submitted by the club to the SFA regarding the deduction of points. Until the appeal is heard, the points were reinstated.
Another unofficial programme was issued versus Ross County by the ASA.

25th April 2000
Don Givens, the Republic of Ireland Under 21 coach listed Gerry Crossley in his squad to meet Greece.

4th May 2000
South Lanarkshire Council finally gave the club permission to go ahead with the building of a new ground after 6 years away from Hamilton.

5th May 2000
The club lost their appeal against the deduction of 15 points because of the match against Stenhousemuir not going ahead on 1st April, by 3 votes to 2.

Although about to leave the club as his contract is up, Jose Quitongo was called into the Angolan national squad.

6th May 2000
Another unofficial production by the ASA. The club produced an official programme, albeit greatly reduced in content for the final home game of the season versus Stirling Albion.

10th May 2000
Plans were unveiled at a ceremony to launch the proposed new stadium.

Manager Ally Dawson gave out his list of free transfers, Darren Henderson, Chris Reid, Ian McAulay, Steven McCormick, Dean Muir, Jose Quitongo, Ian Ferguson and Gerry Crossley.

Eddie Cunnington left the club as his contract allowed him to move if the club were relegated and James Coubrough returned to Sheffield Wednesday.

30th May 2000
Motherwell borrowed an Accies player, David Grant, to make up their numbers for a Under 18 tournament in Holland.

8th June 2000
Alloa Athletic sign Steven Thomson from Accies.

15th June 2000
Bill Sherry lost his £20,000 a year job as Chief Executive as cut backs were announced.
Also leaving the club was Margaret Montgomery who was the office secretary, this only weeks after receiving an award from South Lanarkshire Council as a mark of her service during the past 30 years with Accies.

27th June 2000
Work finally commenced on the construction of the new ground. Kilmarnock based civil engineers, Digit Site Services laid roads and sewers and are creating car parks at the site.

July 2000
New season signings were; Alex Eadie, Robert Downs and Robert Prytz from Pollok, the latter also acted as Assistant Manager, Brian Vaugh former Celtic and a Northern Ireland Under 21 player, Mark Nelson and Gary Clark from Alloa Athletic.

Off the field Bobby Jenks came in to set up the Youth Development Programme.

2nd August 2000
The players wages were once again not paid when due.
This was for the month of July. The fourth time that this has happened this year.

10th August 2000
Mark Carlin, a Director of the Stadium Company, following discussions with members of the Accies Supporters Association made a recommendation to the 4 man Board of the Football Club that the fans should be represented on the Board.

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Accies squad at the commencement of season 2000-01.
Back row; Andy McFarlane, Brian Vaugh, Gary Clark, David Grant, Ross Maclaren, Paul Gaughan, Ryan Kelly, Michael Moore, Mark Nelson and Allan Russell.
Middle row; Bill Davidson, Iain McCreadie, Chris Hillcoat, Ian Macfarlane, Alan Frame, Graham Potter, David McFarlane, Gary Lynn and Alex Eadie.
Front row; Robert Downs, Martin Bonnar, John McShane, Steven Renicks, Keith Hogg, Ally Dawson (Manager), Alex Lurinsky, Michael Martin, Derek Potter, Gerry Boyle and Gary Johnstone.
19th August 2000
Accies met Montrose in a Scottish League match at Firhill. There was no scoring in the first half. David McFarlane came on in the second half and scored a hat trick in a 6-0 win.

14th September 2000
Construction work is 8 weeks ahead of schedule at the new ground. However, Ian Jay, Managing Director of HAFC Stadium Ltd, the company behind the construction, ruled out the possibility of an earlier than planned return to Hamilton.

October 2000
2 supporters, John Neilson, Treasurer of the Central Branch of the Supporters Club and Ian Kelly, representing the Accies Supporters Association were invited to attend Board meetings.

18th November 2000
The match programme carried a note that Manager, Ally Dawson had won the Bell’s Third Division Manager of the Month Award for October.

15th December 2000
Jim Sherry signed for the club for a third time as he had been freed by Livingston. He had originally played from 1991 to 1998 then moved to Almondvale, returning on loan for 2 months at the start of the current season.

Freed in October he commenced training with Accies at that time and played for the reserves as well as Portadown in the Irish League.

January 2001
A young player, Lennie Walker came to the club under the Skillseeker scheme. He was capped by the Republic of Ireland at youth level.

16th January 2001
Long serving player, Chris Hillcoat, announced his retirement as a player due to injury. He will now become involved in the youth set up.

8th February 2001
Ally Dawson was named as Bells Manager of the Month in the Third Division, while David McFarlane picked up the Young Player of the Month Award.

15th February 2001
Work was progressing on the new ground. The projects contracts manager, Joe McFarlane advised that the North Stand was due for completion by May 26th. He said he expects the cladding and concrete work on the West Stand to be completed within a week, with first floor windows and hospitality boxes fitted in a further two weeks. Both turnstiles and seating are set for delivery, but will not be installed until March or April for security reasons. Floodlights are scheduled to be on site in 5 weeks and will be erected in early April. The builders, Ballast, estimated that when completed the stadium will have used 480 tons of steel, 330 tons of concrete and 195 metres of 11-metre roof and wall cladding.

10th March 2001
A Commercial Manager was appointed, he is Chris Norris who had previously held a similar post with Morton.

15th March 2001
The Youth eleven met Celtic in the Semi Final of the Scottish Youth Cup at Parkhead and lost 4-0 in front of a noisy 1,800 crowd. This was the furthest the Youth side had ever reached in the competition.

27th March 2001
Goalkeeper, Ian Macfarlane made club history when he became the first player wearing the number jersey to score for the club in an official fixture when he scored the third goal with a wind assisted clearance, a distance of 92 yards,  against East Fife at New Bayview in a 4-1 win.

17th April 2001
Once again the Reserves reached the Final of the Reserve League Cup. It was played at Firhill against Livingston. The visitors had out a very strong side including Scottish Internationalist, Darren Jackson, Scott Crabbe, Gerry Britton and David Hagen and they won by 4-1 in front of a respectable attendance of 308.

5th May 2001
By defeating Montrose 4-1 at Links Park, Accies won the Third Division Championship on goal difference from Cowdenbeath. The winning team was; Graham Potter, Steven Renicks and Dylan Kerr, Ross Maclaren, Paul Gaughan and Martin Bonnar, Ryan Kelly and Jim Sherry, Alex Eadie, David McFarlane and Stuart Callaghan. Substitutes were, Michael Moore for Alex Eadie and Michael Martin for Ryan Kelly. Scorers, McFarlane 3 and Moore. The attendance was 951, with about two thirds of them coming to support Accies.

17th May 2001
The following players were freed, Alex Eadie, Ryan Kelly, Gary Clark, Ross Jeffrey, Alan Frame, Derek Potter, Andy McFarlane, Chris Queen, Colin Steele, Stewart Peutherer, Brian Cowan and Scott McGeachie.

28th July 2001
Sunderland are the visitors as Accies new stadium is officially opened in front of 4,280 fans. The visitors were victors by 4-2. The men who turned out for Accies on this historic occasion were; Ian Macfarlane; Steven Renicks and Eddie Cunnington; Ross Maclaren; Paul Gaughan and Martin Bonnar; Ally Graham and Johnny Walker; Michael Moore; David McFarlane and Stuart Callaghan.  Substitute; Graham Potter for Macfarlane. Scorers were; Callaghan with a penalty and Maclaren.

4th August 2001
The first ever Scottish League match was played at the new stadium. The visitors were Queen of the South and Accies lined up as; Andy Goram, Steven Renicks and Eddie Cunnington, Ross Maclaren, Paul Gaughan and Martin Bonner, Allan Russell and Jim Sherry, Michael Moore, David McFarlane and Stuart Callaghan. Substitutes were; Kris O’Neil for Moore and Ally Graham for Russell. The game ended 1-1 with Paul Gaughan as scorer. The attendance was 3,192.
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16th August 2001
Having made Gordon Durie an offer of a 1 year deal with the club, Manager, Ally Dawson was awaiting the former Scotland player’s decision. The deal was eventually declined.

21st August 2001
The donation of a new minibus was made to the club by James Mortimer, Managing Director of the Hamilton Palace Entertainments Complex.

23rd August 2001
It was announced that Colin Stewart, a goalkeeper currently on loan to Accies for 3 months from Kilmarnock was included in the Scotland Under 21 squad to face Croatia at home and Belgium away.

Also named was former Accie, Gary Wales.

26th October 2001
Due to financial restraints, Assistant Manager, Robert Prytz left the club. Chris Hillcoat continued to assist as Coach.

14th November 2001
Club captain, Stuart Callaghan, was placed on the transfer list by Ally Dawson following a dispute after the player was substituted the previous week.

26th January 2002
Physio, Jim Fallon, left the club.

4th February 2002
George Hannah joins the club as a replacement for Jim Fallon.

George had previously been with Morton and comes to Accies on the recommendation of Ally Maxwell.

23rd February 2002
The attendance at the home match versus Cowdenbeath was 1,284, the lowest of the season. Part of the reason was that Teletext had advised that the match was off due to the weather. It was estimated that the club had lost somewhere in the region of £2,000 as a result as a crowd of 1,700 or 1,800 was anticipated.

24th February 2002
The first “Accies Hall of Fame” Dinner took place in the Function Suite.

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Back row; Ron Harris (Guest Speaker), George McLachlan (Director), Gerry Collins (Former Club Captain), Jock Brown (Dinner Chairman), Charlie Ferguson (Guest Speaker) and John Lambie (Former Manager). Front row; Peter McLeish (Club Historian), Ally Dawson (Manager), Adrian Sprott, Bobby Shearer (Former Players), Craig Brown (Scotland Manager) and Jim Hannah (Guest Speaker).

7th March 2002
SPFA Secretary, Tony Higgins advised the press that an assurance had been given by the club that wages due to the players would be paid to the players in 2 instalments, on Friday 8th March and Friday 15th March. This was also stated by Vice Chairman, George McLachlan.

24th March 2002
The club hosts the Scottish Women’s League Final between Ayr United and Kilmarnock.
28th March 2002
Queen of the South were reported as being poised to make a bid of £10,000 for Stuart Callaghan to boost their promotion prospects. The transfer never materialised.

30th March 2001
No programmes issued, only a team sheet with apologies from Programme Editor, Scott Struthers.

4th April 2002
The Scotland versus England Police International takes place at the stadium.

6th April 2002
Nightclub owner, Jim Mortimer was reported as having made a donation of £10,000 to the club to allow the players to be paid, thus averting a repetition of the events of April 2000. It was also stated that he had ploughed £40,000 of his own money into the club but was not prepared to do so again unless there were major changes in the boardroom.

13th April 2002
An Amateur International Match, Scotland against the Republic of Ireland  goes ahead at the ground.
While on loan to Blantyre Victoria, reserve goalkeeper, Stewart Thomson, was hit in a shooting incident  during the match against Shotts Bon Accord at Castle Park, Blantyre.

27th April 2001
Accies finished the season with a 2-1 defeat at Cowdenbeath. 5th place was achieved in the Second Division. A poor run in the last 2 weeks in February, which resulted in 3 consecutive defeats did not help the cause.
   
1st May 2002
It was announced that Airdrieonians Football Club which had been founded in 1878 had gone into liquidation and was up for sale.

2nd May 2002
It was reported by the BBC that Jock Brown the former Chief Executive of Celtic, was leading a group which was about to make a bid to control Accies.
The British Fire Brigade Cup Final at Ballast Stadium. Strathclyde versus Greater Manchester.

7th May 2002
Fourteen players are released, Sean Sweeney, David McNiven, Steven Renicks, David McFarlane, Stewart Thomson, Gary Johnstone, John McIntyre, Gerry Boyle, Darren Miller, Stewart Peacock, Alan Laidlaw, Steven Cornwell, John McShane and Alec Lurinsky. Gary Johnstone remains at the club in an administrative role. Contracts offered to Scott Davidson, Ian Dobbins, Iain McCreadie, Mark Nelson and Nicky Sullivan.

8th May 2002
Jock Brown appointed as interim Chief Executive as he seeks to take ownership of the club. His long term goal is to make the club “available to the community as a whole” and make club decisions as transparent as possible.

13th May 2002
It is reported that the new Board will consist of, Jock Brown, Robbie Glen, an unnamed financial whizz kid, a member of the business community and a representative from the supporters.

15th May 2002
German club, Bayer Leverkusen, use the stadium for training purposes prior to the of the Champions League Final tie at Hampden versus Real Madrid.
13th June 2002
Manager, Ally Dawson,  was quoted in the Hamilton Advertiser as having said that as the wages situation had still not been resolved with the players and that he had not been paid for five months he was thinking of walking away from the club. He was going on holiday and would give the matter serious thought.

20th June 2002
The Daily Record carried an article in which it was alleged that the club were owing some players as much as £2,000 in unpaid wages, while Manager Ally Dawson was said to be due £6,500.

30th June 2002
The AGM of the Supporters Club was held in the Social Club. Walter Cornwell stood down as President and Willie McInally was elected in his place. Walter took over the post of Treasurer as John Neilson relinquished that role after 12 years. Secretary, Jim Galloway was re-elected.
That same evening in the function suite a Public Meeting, chaired by Charlie Bent, was held. The outcome was the election of 10 members to form Hamilton Accies Trust which has been set up to provide funds to enable the players to receive an income during the present financial crisis. It was announced that almost
£2,000 had been donated that evening. Bankers Order forms and Gift Aid declaration forms were available for anyone who wished to contribute by either of these methods. Several fund raising events are planned. A spokesman for the players advised that they would be prepared to be present as required at any of the forthcoming events.

8th July 2002
A meeting was reported to have been held at which Jock Brown resigned as Interim Chief Executive as he was part of a group bidding to take over the club. An offer was made to the current Board of Directors to take over the holding company, Deeka, Hamilton Academical Stadium Company and Hamilton Academical Football Club. The meeting broke up without a decision being made and it is said that the offer would be on the table for 72 hours.

9th July 2002.
Secretary, Scott Struthers, announced that the club had closed down as all members of staff, players and office staff, totally around 50 altogether, were withdrawing their labour due to the non payment of wages.
Jock Brown was reported in the press as saying that his concern was for the well-being of the club and if another bidder has indeed entered the race to get the club he has no objection to that. His consortium is prepared to clear the £750,000 debt that has been incurred and give the players and staff their back dated wages.
The present Board have asked for a few days to consider the proposal and a decision is expected by Tuesday 16th July.
South Lanarkshire Council Planning Committee granted permission for a Sunday Market to operate in the club car park. It was hoped that with 44 stalls, the sum of £50,000 could be raised. The proposed operators are Kirkcaldy Indoor Market who operate a similar facility at East Fife’s ground in Methil.

18th July 2002
At a Press Conference at 11am, Deeka Director, Jim Watson announced that the offer, worth £4.5m, from the consortium fronted by Jock Brown, had been turned down by the parent company and that 3 Deeka Directors, Watson included, had made available £300,000 to the club in order that the players could now be paid and this sum would also allow the club to continue throughout the new season.
In a television interview for STV, Jim Watson said the reason the offer was turned down was because the figure wasn’t enough to please the clubs creditors and that the stadium was worth £7m alone and that ground adjacent to the stadium was worth another £1m to £2m.
On the same news item Manager Ally Dawson said that he doubted whether the players would return to the club until their outstanding wages had been paid.

19th July 2002
Manager, Ally Dawson was sacked by the Board. He had been critical of the holding company, Deeka and of the way the matter over the unpaid wages to himself and the players had been handled.
Bobby Jenks also left the club. It was reported that Chris Hillcoat would take over in charge of the team.
   
21st July 2002
Vice Chairman, George McLachlan, was present at a public meeting in the Stand Club to answer questions relating to the decision to reject the offer recently received by the Board of Deeka.
He also introduced, Kirk Maxwell, a local businessman who has been invited to join the Board of the Football Club as Financial Director. His appointment was expected to take place at a Board Meeting scheduled for 22nd July.
Mr McLachlan also advised that other changes were taking place within the club and that an announcement concerning these would be made on Tuesday 23rd July.

23rd July 2002
The players receive a further cheque from the supporters. It was to the value of £8,000.

29th July 2002
Training commenced for the new season, only a week away, following the players receiving some of the money due to them by the club in unpaid wages. It was anticipated that the balance would be paid within the next few days.
Paul McDonald takes over as Reserve Team Coach.

3rd August 2002
The 2002-2003 season opened with an away win at Cowdenbeath by 3 goals to 1.
There were now 2 Ally Grahams with the club, Alisdair Graham and Alistair Graham.

2002-03 Squad.
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Back row; Allan Russell, Bill Davidson, Sean Sweeney, Graham Potter, Ian Macfarlane, Alistair Graham, Mark Nelson and Brian McPhee.
Middle row; Paul McDonald (Player/Coach), Ian Dobbins, David Grant, Nicky Sullivan, Nicki Paterson, Mark Keegans, Mahdi Elfallah, Craig Smillie, Scott Davidson and Jim Sherry (Player/Coach).
Front row; Alisdair Graham, Iain McCreadie, Johnny Walker, Eddie Cunnington, Chris Hillcoat (Head Coach), Stuart Callaghan, Martin Bonnar, Michael Martin and Gareth Armstrong.


10th August 2002
A goal from Gareth Armstrong gave Accies a 1-0 win over Scottish League newcomers, Airdrie United, who had taken Clydebank’s place. This took Accies to the top of the League.

19th and 20th August 2002
The Scotland squad under Manager Bertie Voghts and his assistant, Tommy Burns trained at the ground prior to the match versus Denmark.

29th August 2002
Fraud Squad officers were reported to have been brought in to investigate the club’s financial affairs. Allegations having been made by Jim Watson, Chairman of Accies holding company, Deeka. It was alleged
that three club directors, George McLachlan, Bill Donnelly and Jan Stepek had been asked to resign by Jim Watson.

4th September 2002
Scotland Under 21 side met Israel Under 21 at New Douglas Park. The match was televised live by Sky. This was the most important International played so far in Hamilton.

28th December 2002
As the club were due to play three matches in eight days at New Douglas Park, a 3 in 1 programme was issued for Brechin City on 28th, Berwick Rangers on January 1st and a Scottish Cup tie versus East Fife. Only the first match went ahead as planned, the other two fell foul of the weather, though the Cup game was played on January 15th and resulted in a draw with Accies winning the replay 5-3 on penalties at Methil on January 20th.

9th January 2003
Three players, Alisdair Graham, Brian McPhee and Allan Russell ask to placed on the transfer list as they have yet to be paid their December wages. It was alleged that they had all accepted a cheque in good faith, however the cheques were not honoured and the three of them were very disillusioned by the whole financial set up at the club.

A club spokesman blamed the lack of cash on the postponement of the Scottish Cup tie with East Fife and the loss of revenue from the postponed match against Berwick Rangers.

13th and 15th January 2003
Darren Gribben, a sixteen year old, in Scotland’s Under 17 squad to meet Malta. He scored the final goal in a 5-0 win.  Another Accies youngster, Ciaran Donnelly on stand by for the same squad.

16th January 2003
Peter Donald, secretary of the Scottish Football League was quoted as follows “We have been responding to correspondence with players at Hamilton Accies in relation to delays in their wages.
“They are being paid, but not on time and not on the date that their contracts state should be the case.

20th January 2003
The aforementioned, Darren Gribben came on as a substitute on his debut against Stenhousemuir at Ochilview and scored Accies second goal in a 2-2 draw.

23rd January 2003
Yet again the club were making all the wrong headlines in the Hamilton Advertiser which stated that Jim Watson had used the team mini bus as security in a loan deal. The bus, valued at £20,000, was donated to the club in August 2001 by local businessman, Jim Mortimer and he was none too pleased with the situation.


17th February 2003
Jim Dempsey returns to the club yet again, as assistant to Chris Hillcoat. It was reported that the cost of his wages was being sponsored.
Darren Gribben signed a three and a half year contract.

26th February 2003
It was reported that Jim Watson, in an interview stated that the Social Club would have to close as it was not making enough money. A private gym was proposed to take over. Efforts would be made to get alternate accommodation for the 200 strong membership within the stadium. The Social Club lease the premises fro the Stadium Company which is run by Jim Watson. The report went on to say that the Social Club had paid out £32,000 to fit out the premises and were paying nearly £25,000 per year in rent.

4th March 2003
In defeating Cowdenbeath 1-0 at Central Park, Accies recorded their 1300th Scottish League win.

20th March 2003
At a meeting of the Scottish League, Accies were ordered to pay £1,200 each to former players, Michael Moore and Paul Gaughan.  This followed the players taking the case to an Appeals Committee. The matter was not disputed by the club and the money has to paid by 3rd April.

27th March 2003
Following an agreed settlement of £10,000 between both parties, Accies and former Manager, Ally Dawson, not being made within the 28 day period allowed, an order was made against the club by the Tribunal to settle the matter.

2nd April 2003
It was reported in the press that Johnny Walker who was an unused substitute for Accies on March 8th at Berwick had proved positive following a drug test which was randomly taken after the match. He admitted that he had taken cocaine at a party previously. The matter will be handled by the SFA Disciplinary Committe on 7th April. If found guilty he could be fined or censured. Secretary, Scott Struthers, is a member of the Committee, however he will take no part in this case.

7th April 2003
The SFA suspended Johnny Walker for three months following his positive drug test. The club have yet to decide what action shall be taken.

10th May 2003
A 2-2 draw against Brechin City at New Douglas Park combined with results elsewhere ensured Accies place in the Second Division for another season.

14th May 2003
Reports were circulating the former Clyde Chairman, Ronnie McDonald was interested in taking over Accies and that only 6 of the existing staff were being retained, players and officials.

17th May 2003
Ronnie McDonald is successful in his bid to take over the club.

21st May 2003
A Press Release is issued by the club in which it is stated that Chris Hillcoat and Paul McDonald have had their contract discontinued and that Alan Maitland will be taking over as Manager with Denis McDaid and Jim McQuade as his assistants. Ronnie McDonald also advised that George Fairley would be the new Chief Executive and that a new Board of Directors would be formed.

Derek Ferguson was the first signing of the new regime.
23rd May 2003
A further 6 signings were announced, Brian Carrigan, Steve Convery, both ex Clyde, 3 juniors from Neilston, Andy Waddell, Chris Aitken and  Andy Whiteford and  as well as Robert Walker from Knightswood Juveniles. These were in addition to the only 3 players retained from the previous staff, Jim Sherry, Brian McPhee and Darren Gribben.

17th July 2003
The new season opened with a Friendly Match at home to Heart of Midlothian which Accies won by 4 goals to 2, with new Club Captain, Stevie Convery netting twice. The other goals came from Mark Corcoran and an own goal.

Accies side was; Dave McEwan; Andy Whiteford and John Fitter; Steven Thomson; Todd Lumsden and Jim Sherry; Brian Carrigan and Chris Aitken; Stevie Convery; Brian McPhee and Mark Corcoran.
Of the eleven, only Jim Sherry and Brian McPhee remained from the previous season, while Steven Thomson, who was named as Team Captain, returned to the club after his spell with Alloa Athletic.

23rd August 2003
Accies first win of the new season came at home against Airdrie United when Brian Carrigan and Steve Convery scored in a 2-1 home win before 2,007 fans.

18th October 2003
Jose Quitongo joined the club for a third spell and played against Dumbarton and scored in a 3-0 away win for Accies.
29th October 2003
Following the Under 19 International match, Scotland v. Macedonia, the SFA presented the club with a silver salver and a pennant to mark the occasion.

13th December 2003
By defeating Alloa Athletic 3-1, a club record was made. It was the first time that the team had scored 3 or more goals away from home in 5 consecutive Scottish League fixtures.

January 2004
Club Secretary, Scott Struthers, was appointed a Director.

7th February 2004
For the Scottish Cup tie at Firhill versus Partick Thistle, the Cup sponsors, Tennent’s, laid on free buses for Accies fans.

10th February 2004
Stenhousemuir were the visitors in Accies 3500th Scottish League fixture in this rearranged game on a Tuesday evening. With a crowd of 1,111 looking on the home team, which was represented by; Dave McEwan; Robert Walker and Sandy Hodge; Steven Thomson; Todd Lumsden and Jim Sherry; Brian Carrigan and Derek Ferguson; Steve Convery; Brian McPhee and Mark Corcoran, lost 1-0. John Gemmell replaced Brian Carrigan, Ryan Blackadder for Derek Ferguson and Jose Quitongo for Mark Corcoran were the substitutes.

This was the first match of the season in which Accies had failed to score.

9th March 2004
An article in the club programme advised that a video expert was required to record home matches strictly for training and coaching purposes only.



22nd April 2004
In an interview reported in the Hamilton Advertiser, Ronnie McDonald, Accies Chairman outlined his plans for the future of the club and revealed that a £400,000 artificial turf surface will be installed at New Douglas Park in time for the new season. He wants to get into partnership with South Lanarkshire Council to produce a Centre of Football Excellence, which will see the New Douglas Park doors thrown open to a wider community than ever before.

He revealed that the club have formally applied to the Scottish Football League to install and artificial pitch for next season and it will be a UEFA “A” class pitch, said to be better than the one recently installed at Dunfermline. It is hoped that all the schools boys cup finals will be played here, with training for schools on a Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday morning. All of the clubs youth teams will train here during the week and play on the Sunday and their parents can come and sit in the stand and watch them play, which no other club allows.
There are no financial incentives for the club and that allows the club to choose the type of surface which is preferred, as already stated it is EUFA approved and will be EUFA tested prior to being laid. At the moment the club has five different teams training in Cambuslang, Anniesland and East Kilbride, everywhere except Hamilton. With the new surface the players can work on it regardless of the weather, it is hoped to commence laying the turf in June. Heart of Midlothian have an artificial surface at their new academy which the Chairman has been to see and it is superb, Their players enjoy playing on it.
At the moment due to the number of sides the clubs runs 27 training lets are required per week, so the need of a central venue is important.
Mr McDonald felt by setting up such a project it will encourage youngsters to use the facilities and assist their general health as well as keeping them away from street corners and give themselves self respect.

He admitted that he was pleased at the progress made at the club in his first year with a youth policy which runs from Under 7’s to Under 17’s as well as the number of young players who have featured during the season. He said the club would never be in a position again where the wages couldn’t be paid which made the club the laughing stock of Scottish football.

May 2004
It was confirmed that the supermarket group, William Morrison are to build a new 86,000 sq ft store on the land currently used for car parking in the rough land opposite the main stand. The project will provide 350 jobs and will include a petrol station and a car wash. Work is start very soon and the intention is to have the store ready for opening in a years time.

While the existing car parking will be lost, the plan will provide nearly 200 parking spaces for the exclusive use of the club on match days. The Chairman, Ronnie McDonald , confirmed to the local press that the proceeds of the sale would be used to clear some of the debt incurred by the stadium.

15th May 2004
The players achieved promotion to the First Division with a 4-0 win at Forfar. The side was; Dave McEwan; Robert Walker and Ricky Waddell; Steven Thomson; Sandy Hodge and Andy Arbuckle; Brian Carrigan and Chris Aitken; Ryan Blackadder; Brian McPhee and Mark Corcoran. Carrigan and McPhee both scored 2 goals, the substitutes were Andy Whiteford for Arbuckle, Jose Quitongo for Carrigan and Todd Lumsden for Corcoran. It was estimated that Accies had 1,200 fans there in an attendance of 1,496.

Brian McPhee finished the season as top goalscorer with 19 League goals while his tally of 2 goals in the Scottish Cup made him Accies highest scorer in the post war years with a total of 8. Brian Carrigan netted 14 League goals with Chris Aitken on 8 for the season with most of them of the spectacular variety. Dave McEwan and Steven Thomson were ever present all season.

19th May 2004
Accies won the Under 17 Youth League Cup when they defeated their Clyde counterparts 4-1 on penalties at New Douglas Park



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