Mickey Hamill (Co. Antrim)

Born in Leeson Street just off the Falls Road, Mickey Hamill, "cool, finesse. A class defender," was one of the most instinctive footballers ever to grace the green and white: "He could do as he liked with the ball...clever trapping, accurate passing, back-heeling...wonderful headwork...fantastic display."

Celtic wanted him in 1910, but he had already pledged himself to Manchester United. At Old Trafford, trainer Geordie Livingston warned him he was yards to slow for the English game and set him doing 25-yards
Sprints and only 25-yard sprints in training until he was sick and tired of speeding-up.

In his second season, Mickey played right half behind Billy Meredith.

He won his first cap against England in 1912, the first of five and developed into the fast moving with long, accurate passes to his wingmen.

Celtic fans were crazy about him in his short spells at Celtic Park and unable to comprehend a certain coolness in the Scottish Press: Och! Michael avick/You have many a trick/As a half back you rank with the best/And we call you our own/Though your only on loan/From dear little isle of the West./You get praise now and then/From the knights of the pen/But often in mood circumspective/You may wonder with me/Why the scribes all agree/Your play is just 'quietly effective.'

Mickey led Belfast Celtic (with Willie McStay) to their first Irish Cup triumph in the third game against Linfield at Grosvenor Park on April 4th 1918.

From Glasgow, Mickey took a Charity Cup medal away with him on 25th May 1918 to go with his 1916 Championship medal as mementos of his time with Celtic.

He played for Ireland against Scotland in Victory International at Ibrox on March 22nd 1919 (when he toyed with Jimmy Gordon) and amused the crowd with his cry of (Belfast) "Celtic's ball!" at throw-ins.

He played for the English League in another of the Victory Internationals. His last appearances at Parkhead were in Jimmy McMenemy's testimonial on January 6th 1920.

The mystery of his death by apparent drowning in the Lagan Canal at Lisburn is still unsolved.

Mickey lived at 116, Falls Road.

Scottish League: 7 appearances. 0 goals.
Total: 7 appearances. 0 goals.

Hardinge St School/St Paul's Swifts/Belfast Rangers/Red Hand FC/Belfast Celtic 1908
Celtic (loan (Dublin) 28th December 1910
Manchester United 31st December 1910
Belfast Celtic (loan) 1913
Celtic loan 19th October 1916
Manchester United loan 2nd December 1916
Celtic loan 9th December 1916
Distillery 1916
Celtic loan 18th & 25th May 1918
Manchester City 1st October 1920
Belfast Celtic 1924
Fall River FC USA June 1924
Belfast Celtic 1926
Retired 1930
Distillery manager August 1934.



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