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DES-TROYER; Home-grown Hammy is toast of Bradford.



Bradford 2, Notts Co 0

Local hero Des Hamilton Derrick Vivian 'Des' Hamilton (born 15 August 1976 in Bradford, West Yorkshire) was an English professional football player. Playing career
Bradford City
Hamilton came through the youth ranks at Bradford City as a promising youngster.
 put his injury hell behind him to send Bradford soaring into the First Division.

The highly-rated 19-year-old missed three months with a ruptured thigh muscle but popped up yesterday with the goal of his life at Wembley. He jinked past four defenders before slamming the ball in off the bar. Hamilton beamed: "This is the best feeling ever. Who'd have thought it, a Bradford- born lad scoring for his home team at Wembley.

"I never thought that while I was out injured that the season could possibly end like this - it is a dream come true."

Hamilton scored only three league goals last season but as well as his eighth minute strike yesterday he also netted a crucial one in the semi- final against Blackpool.

County struggled to get going until well into the second half even though the club have a Wembley track record in recent years.

Their best effort was a 25-yarder from striker Tony Battersby Tony Battersby is a footballer who plays as a striker with Stamford. Battersby is one of football's journeymen and has played for many clubs both league and non-league.  that was brilliantly tipped over the bar by keeper Jonathan Gould This article is about the Scottish goalkeeper. For the television presenter, see Jonathan Gould (television presenter).

Jonathan Gould (born July 18, 1968 in Paddington, London, England) is a former Scotland goalkeeper.
 20 minutes from time. Hamilton hobbled out of the game a minute later but it brought on striker Ian Ormondroyd Ian Ormondroyd (born 22 September 1964 in Bradford) is a retired English footballer. A 6'4" striker, Ormondroyd was most commonly associated with teams who adopted long ball tactics, such as Graham Taylor's Aston Villa.  who had an immediate impact.

His first touch was a flick-on for striker Mark Stallard Mark Stallard (born 24 October 1974 in Derby) is an English footballer who currently plays for English League Two club Lincoln City. He is a striker.

Stallard began his career at his hometown club Derby County, turning professional in 1991.
 to hammer the ball into the roof of the net.

Bradford's novice boss Chris Kamara Chris Kamara (born 25 December 1957 in Middlesbrough) is a former professional footballer in England. He retired from playing in 1995 but since he last managed a club in 1998 he is best known for his work at Sky Sports as a football analyst.  could not quite believe what was happening to him as he sprinted like a kid onto the Wembley turf at the final whistle.

Kamara, who played for nine clubs, only took over as manager in November after Lennie Lawrence Lennie Lawrence, (born December 12 1947), is a British football manager. He has managed Charlton Athletic, Middlesbrough, Luton Town, Grimsby Town, Plymouth Argyle and Bradford City. Most recently he managed Cardiff City, and is now Director of Football at Bristol Rovers.  was sacked but has worked miracles. He said: "This is absolute-ly the highlight of my career but I hope it's just the beginning. I was lucky enough to play at Wembley but it didn't compare to this.

"I'm very, very proud of the players because they looked a little nervous before the start but once we got under way they showed character and ability. Hamilton has got to be worth at least pounds 1million. I'm amazed he didn't even get an invite for England Under 21s."

County boss Colin Murphy said: "We never settled but then Bradford are a very experienced side whereas we have had 23 transfers in and out this season.

"But we've got players who can only enhance the quality of this football club and I think we'll be an interesting prospect next year."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 27, 1996
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