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Ian Hamilton: Former Scunthorpe, West Brom & Sheff Utd midfielder dies, aged 55

Former West Bromwich Albion midfielder Ian Hamilton has died at the age of 55.

Stevenage-born Hamilton, who began his career on Southampton's books, played for Cambridge United and Scunthorpe United before joining the Baggies for £150,000 in 1992.

He was the first Albion signing made by Ossie Ardiles after he took over that summer.

He played in every match that season to help the club win promotion via the Division Two play-offs, scoring the key goal in the semi-final second leg comeback win against Swansea City.

Hamilton went on to make a total of 282 appearances in all competitions over six seasons, scoring 28 times, before moving on to be signed by Steve Thompson for £325,000 to join Sheffield United in March 1998.

He also played league football for Grimsby Town (on loan), Notts County and Lincoln City before finishing his playing career at non-league Woking in 2003, after which he became a business development manager in IT.

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