Killie Trust

Ronnie Hamilton

Join Opt Out
Join Renew

Join Opt Out
Join Renew

Only one player in Kilmarnock FC's 150-year history has been the top scorer for the league champions...Ronnie Hamilton.

Still the club's youngest-ever player, Ronnie talks about the special night in 1964 when Killie were five goals ahead against Celtic. The 5-2 victory set a marker for the Ayrshire men, on route to the club's sole league title.

As player, European goalscorer, title-winner, coach, board member, Chairman, Hall of Fame inductee and supporter, Ronnie Hamilton's service to Kilmarnock can be counted in decades.

 

 

Ronnie Hamilton's Kilmarnock appearance record

League: 60 games (38 goals)

Scottish Cup: 5 games (1 goal)

League Cup: 9 games (4 goals)

Europe: 6 games (2 goals)

Total: 80 games (45 goals)

 

Other games

Summer Cup: 7 games (9 goals)

New York Tournament: 5 games (1 goal)

Friendlies: 1

Total: 13 games (10 goals)

Capped at Amateur level with Scotland on 17th February 1962 v. Ireland (0-0 at Brockville Park, Falkirk)

Capped at U 23 level with Scotland on 2nd December 1964 v. Wales (3-0 at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock)                                                                       


Ronnie Hamilton was signed in 1961 from Saxone Y.C., whilst still a pupil at Kilmarnock Academy. He played his first trial game for the reserves in a Scottish Reserve League Cup Sectional tie on Wednesday 30th August 1961 against Hearts and another game as a trialist in the Reserve League Cup on Saturday 2nd September versus Raith Rovers. He was signed (as an amateur) in the week after this second game.

Ronnie’s first reserve league appearance as a signed player was on Saturday 9th September against Airdrieonians, scoring both goals in a 2-0 victory.   

A week later, on Saturday, 16th September 1961, Ronnie made his first team debut at the age of 16 years, 50 days – the youngest ever player for the club in a League game, and the youngest known in any of the major domestic competitions. The game against St. Mirren at Rugby Park was played on a sunny but very furiously windy day, and watched by a crowd of 11,492. The strong gale acted to Killie’s advantage in the first half, and they led 3-0. However, it was to Saints advantage after the interval, but Kilmarnock managed to get a goal against the wind in between Saints second and third goals, and they hung on to win 4-3, with Ronnie scoring twice (first and last) and Brien McIlroy and Ian Davidson also scoring. Ronnie went on to play in just another three first team League games that season, scoring once, which meant he made a total of 4 League appearances, scoring 3 goals.

Ronnie made 11 League appearances and scored 6 goals in 1962-63; made 4 League appearances and scored 5 goals (1 a penalty) in 1963-64, before his best ever season: top scorer when Kilmarnock won the title in 1964-65, making 28 appearances and scoring 15 goals. He was on course for an even better season in 1965-66, as he had made 13 League appearances and scored 9 goals. His last appearance and goal came against St. Johnstone on Christmas Day 1965 in a 3-1 home win.

Ronnie's only league hat-trick was against St. Johnstone in a 4-1 home win on 18th April 1964, Jackie McInally being the other scorer, and one of Ronnie’s 3 goals being a penalty.

His 2 goals in European ties were in the Fairs Cup against Eintracht Frankfurt at Rugby Park in September 1964, scoring the first and last in the famous 5-1 win. He did not play in the first leg as he was sitting accountancy exams, but he played in both games against Everton in the next round. In the European Cup in 1965-66 season, he missed the first leg against Nandori ’17, but played in the 1-0 win at home and also played in both legs against Real Madrid. 

Ronnie also played in 2 of the 10 games played by the Kilmarnock Reserves when they won the Reserve League Cup in 1964-65, and he received a winning medal for that as well as the first team League winners medal. He played in the Semi-Final 2nd leg against Hibernian at Rugby Park on 12th April 1965, which Kilmarnock won 2-1 to go through on a 3-2 aggregate, and he also played in the 2nd leg of the Final against Dundee United at Rugby Park on 29th April 1965. Kilmarnock were 1-0 down from the 1st leg played 2 days earlier, but before a crowd of 3,653, Tommy McLean levelled the aggregate in the 11th minute, and Ronnie scored the winner in the 77th minute to earn Killie a 2-0 win on the night. They lifted the Cup on a 2-1 aggregate.                                                                                                                                            

He made all his 5 appearances in the New York Tournament in 1965, scoring in a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion (Bertie Black got the other goal).

The only friendly he played in was the famous 4-3 win at Rugby Park against Russian club Moscow Torpedo on Tuesday, 4th December 1962. 

In mid-January 1966, Ronnie was transferred by Malcolm MacDonald as part of a deal that included £4,000 as well as Ronnie going to St. Mirren and Gerry Queen coming to Kilmarnock. He remained with St. Mirren until during the 1970-71 season, when he moved to Queen of the South, where he stayed until the summer of 1975. He returned to Kilmarnock as a player-coach, playing mainly in the reserves. He was an unused substitute for the first team in a Scottish Cup Quarter-Final tie on 6th March 1976 at Dumbarton.

In the mid-1980’s, Ronnie eventually became a member of the Kilmarnock board of directors, but resigned, before returning to the board in 1990 as part of the new directorate formed by the Fleeting take-over. He went on to become chairman, a position he held when the Scottish Cup was won in 1997.

(Statistics and profile courtesy of John Livingston, Kilmarnock FC Historian)

Killie Trust

Website Privacy Statement

Our policy relating to data collection and privacy has fairness at its heart and is never intended to cause objection or complaint and to that end if there is any dubiety we will not store your information. As a business we wish to stay in communication with your and keep you up to date with news, offers and updates on our product which you may find of interest, but we will only do this with your clear and specific consent.

Standard Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how KILLIE TRUST uses and protects any information that you give KILLIE TRUST when you use this website.

KILLIE TRUST is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

KILLIE TRUST may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 13th Jun 2018 

Security

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. To prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online and offline.

Where we collect this information

As a business we collect data for a number of sources, but our data policy applies to all of the following including personal data collected at reception, check in, exhibitions, on and off-line competitions, guest questionnaires, online bookings, online communications, digital newsletter sign ups from websites and social media, shared promotions with partners and others not listed.

We confirm that unless specific consent is given by the user the information shared will not be stored beyond the purpose intended. If specific consent is given to use the information collected it will be stored securely and digitally encrypted and password protected. 

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data, using Google Analytics normally but on occasion other aggregation tools that advise us about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:
●    whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes
●    if you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us or by clicking unsubscribe where available.

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting only if you specifically consent to us that you wish this to happen.
We undertake that third parties will only include businesses that support our business and your stay such as travel providers, visitor attractions, event providers and others directly related to our business offering.

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us [email protected] as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

Our Website and In House Data Collection Policy

Our email collection policy is fully consent based and in entering your details clear consent is given by the user to receive future marketing materials from ourselves. The following information makes clear our policy on use of consent based email marketing and communications.

What we collect

We may collect the following information on a consent only basis:
●    name and job title
●    contact information including email address
●    demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests
●    other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers

What we do with the information we gather

The majority of the information we gather is required for contractual and legal purposes and to allow us to offer products and services as purchased. 
When consent is given to use the information for marketing and communication purposes it is used for the following reasons:
●    We may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.
●    From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you using your provided email address for market research purposes. 

Your information will never be shared with any third parties and at all times you have the right to unsubscribe permanently from our database with a simple click of the unsubscribe information at which time your details will be deleted from the mailing lists and removed from the database permanently with no archived records retained.
 

Killie Trust

Website Terms and Conditions

Your use of the Killie Trust Web Site is subject to these terms and by using the Site you show your agreement to such terms. If you do not accept our terms, please do not use the Web Site.

Ownership of Web Site

This Web Site belongs to Killie Trust.

Headings

Headings used in these terms and conditions are for convenience only and shall not affect their interpretation.

Trademarks

The images, logos and names on this Web Site which identify Killie Trust or third parties and their products and services are proprietary marks of Killie Trust and/or the relevant third parties. Nothing contained in this Web Site shall be deemed to confer on any person any license or right on the part of Killie Trust or any third party with respect to any such image, logo or name.

Alterations

Killie Trust reserves the right, at any time and without prior notice, to remove or cease to supply any product or service contained on this Web Site. In the event that such removal takes place we shall not be liable to you in any way whatsoever for such removal.

Phone Calls and Emails

Telephone calls using the telephone numbers provided on this Web Site and email correspondence with Killie Trust at the email addresses accessible through, or discernible from, this Web Site may be recorded or monitored. By using such communication methods you are consenting to the recording or monitoring of the same.

Telephone charges

The price of calls may vary depending on your telecoms supplier. Please check with your operator for exact charges.

WEBSITE POLICIES

Commercial use

This Web Site is for non-commercial, personal use only. The services contained on this Web Site may be supplied on a commercial basis on payment to Killie Trust or its service or product suppliers of its charges from time to time.

In the event that you use any of the services contained on this Web Site for commercial use, Killie Trust shall be entitled to charge you at its applicable rates in respect of such commercial use.

Copyright

The copyright in the material contained in this Web Site belongs to Killie Trust or its licensed source. Any person may copy any part of this material, subject to the following conditions:

the material may not be used for commercial purposes;

the copies must retain any copyrights or other intellectual property notices contained in the original material;

the products and technology or processes described in this Web Site may be subject to other intellectual property rights reserved by Killie Trust or by other third parties with no license granted in respect of those intellectual property rights); images on this Web Site are protected by copyright as its text by IPR and may not be reproduced or appropriated in any manner without the written permission of their respective owner(s).

Changes to Terms and Records of Agreements

We reserve the right to change these terms and conditions at any time by posting changes on the Web Site. It is your responsibility to review the Web Site terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the latest terms and conditions. Your use of this Web Site after a change has been posted will be deemed to signify your acceptance of the modified terms and conditions. We recommend that you print off and retain for your records a copy of these terms and conditions from time to time and a copy of any terms and conditions relating to any product or service which you apply for online, together with any related application form completed and submitted.

Any amendment to terms and conditions must be agreed in writing by us, or, if appropriate, by the relevant company or individual supplier with whom you contract.

Disclaimers

Whilst Killie Trust has taken due care and attention in the preparation of the contents of this Web Site, this Web Site and the information, names, images, pictures, logos, icons regarding or relating to Killie Trust or our products and services marketed on the site (or to third party products and services), are provided on an 'as is' basis without any representation or endorsement being made and without any warranty of any kind, whether express or implied, including but not limited to, any implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy.

To the extent permitted by law, all such terms and warranties are hereby excluded. In no event will Killie Trust be liable, whether in contract or tort (including negligence or breach of statutory duty) or otherwise for any losses sustained and arising out of or in connection with use of this Web Site including, without limitation, loss of profits, loss of data or loss of goodwill (in all these cases whether direct or indirect) nor any indirect, economic, consequential or special loss.

Killie Trust does not represent that the information contained in this Web Site is accurate, comprehensive, verified or complete, and shall accept no liability for the accuracy or completeness of the information contained in this Web Site or for any reliance placed by any person on the information.

Killie Trust does not warrant that the functions or materials accessible from or contained in this Web Site will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected or that this Web Site or the server that makes it available are virus or bug free or represent the full functionality, accuracy, reliability of the materials.

If any of these Terms and Conditions (or any terms and conditions relating to a product or service referred to in this Web Site) should be determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable by reason of the laws of any state or country in which such terms and conditions are intended to be effective, then to the extent of such illegality, invalidity or unenforceability, and in relation to such state or country only, such terms or condition shall be deleted and severed from the rest of the relevant terms and conditions and the remaining terms and conditions shall survive, remain in full force and effect and continue to be binding and enforceable. Nothing in these terms and conditions shall exclude Killie Trust's liability for death or personal injury resulting from negligence of Killie Trust.

Intellectual Property Rights

All Intellectual Property Rights (including, without limitation, all database rights, rights in designs, rights in know-how, patents and rights in inventions (in all cases whether registered or unregistered and including all rights to apply for registration) and all other intellectual or industrial property rights in any jurisdiction) in any information, content, materials, data or processes contained in or to this Web Site belong to Killie Trust or its licensed source. All rights of Killie Trust in such Intellectual Property Rights are hereby reserved.

Jurisdiction and Law

Killie Trust makes no representation that any product or service referred to on or through the Web Site is appropriate for use, or available in other locations. The information and other materials contained in this Web Site may not satisfy the laws of any other country and those who choose to access this Site from other locations are responsible for compliance with local laws if and to the extent local laws are applicable.

These Terms and Conditions and any terms and conditions relating to products or services described in this Web Site shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of Scotland. Disputes arising in relation to the same shall, unless otherwise expressly agreed, be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Scotland.

Links to other Web Sites

Certain (hypertext) links, advertisements or suppliers promotion will lead you to Web Sites that are not under the control of Killie Trust. When you activate any of these links, you will leave Killie Trust Web Site by opening a new window and we have no control over and will accept no responsibility or liability in respect of the material on any such other Web Site. By allowing links with third party Web Sites Killie Trust does not intend to solicit business or offer any security to any person in any country, directly or indirectly.

Force Majeure

Every effort will be made to carry out the contract but its due performance is subject to cancellation by Killie Trust or to such variation as we may find necessary as a result of inability to secure labour, materials or supplies or as a result of any act of God, War, Strike, Lockout or other labour dispute, Fire, Flood, Drought, Legislation, or other cause (whether of the foregoing class or not) beyond the sellers control.

Killie Trust

Website Accessibility

We have tried to make this website as accessible as possible and easy to use for everyone, regardless of circumstance or ability.

All our page templates comply with the WCAG Priority 2 checkpoints as a minimum requirement. And we make every effort to ensure that all the content on our site meets this standard too. We are making every effort to ensure that we don't exclude any users. For example:

  • We try to use clear and simple language.
  • We use alternative text for all our images 
  • Were possible the HTML we produce conforms to the standard: XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • We have tested the colours we use in the design for contrast.

We try to publish all our text content as accessible HTML rather than in other formats such as PDF. Where we do publish PDFs or other formats our policy is to make them as accessible as we can.