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Consett AFC pay tribute to former long-serving secretary Ian Hamilton

Consett AFC are deeply saddened to learn today of the sudden passing of former secretary Ian Hamilton, who found dead at home yesterday. He was 66.

Hammy, as he was universally known, was initially first-team physio during the Colin Carr era at our old Belle Vue Park ground, before serving for 12 years as club secretary.

A larger than life character, he was a diligent administrator and dedicated clubman, and well-liked by players, officials and fans alike.

Consett AFC President John Hurst, who became chairman when Ian was secretary, said: “The football club was Hammy’s life for many years.

“I remember going up to the ground one Christmas Day to exercise my dog and he was there, preparing for a game the next day.

“He was an easy-going character most of the time, though he wasn’t afraid to let you know when he didn’t agree with something. He’ll be missed by a lot of people.”

Away from football, Hammy was a butcher for many years at Thackeray’s in Consett, though in recent years he worked at Rosemount care home in the town.

He had suffered from ill health himself for a few years, but maintained his unique sense of humour, and, as a former bandsman, still loved playing the trumpet.

Everyone at Consett AFC would like to pass on their sincere condolences to Ian’s family and friends. R.I.P. Steelman Ham.

UPDATE: Ian’s family have chosen a direct cremation, so there will be no funeral service or other commemoration of his life.

Gary Welford