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.