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was at this club where he was spotted by QPR and they paid
£25,000 to bring him to the mainland UK.

In 1979 new Burnley manager Brian
Miller paid £38,000 to bring him to Turf
Moor. When he arrived he already had
one Northern Ireland International cap
to his name, but during his stay he would
gain cult status, and play for Northern
Ireland during their greatest hour.

The burly Irish man, scored his first
Burnley goal in front of the Bee Hole
end against Newcastle United, in a
game that will always be remembered
at Turf Moor, as it is sung about at most
games.

His first season at Turf Moor, saw the Clarets relegated to the Third
Division, but he managed to score 7 goals, and carried that good
form into the new season, where he linked up well with new signing
Steven Taylor.

The season after and he top scored as Burnley won the third Division
title, and he was rewarded for his hard work with a call up to the
Northern Ireland squad that had qualified for the 1982 World Cup.

He was one of the undisputed heroes of Northern Ireland's World
Cup, setting up Gerry Armstrong's winner against Spain, and scoring
twice in a 2-2 draw against Austria in the Quarter Finals.

The following season saw Billy Hamilton top score again, with 13
League goals, and 6 in two cup runs, including a brace against
League One side Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the
Quarter Final of the League Cup (or Milk Cup as it was named at the
time), but Burnley did not fair well in League Two and were swiftly
relegated.

John Bond came onto the scene, and partnered Billy Hamilton with
Kevin Reeves, he set the Third Division alight and bagged 18 goals,
in a middling season for the Clarets. Soon ambiguous Oxford United
came sniffing around and took him off the Clarets hands, for £95,000.

He continued to score goals for Oxford, helping them win promotion
to the First Division, and was selected to played for Northern Ireland
during the 1986 World Cup. He left Oxford United, when his injury
plagued season prevented him many games in the top flight, and he
return to Northern Ireland, where he became player manager at
Limerick, and then player manager at Distillery in 1989.

A knee injury then forced him to hand up his boots in 1992, but he
continued to manage the team until 1995, and even won th Gold Cup
in 1994.
Name:
William Robert Hamilton
Born:
09 May 1957 @ Belfast
Burnley Appearances:
252 (200 League)
Burnley Goals:
77 (58 League)
International Caps:
41 Northern Ireland (5 Goals)
Other Teams:
Slingo Rovers