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

Bradford 2, Notts Co 0

Local hero Des Hamilton 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 that was brilliantly tipped over the bar by keeper Jonathan Gould 20 minutes from time. Hamilton hobbled out of the game a minute later but it brought on striker Ian Ormondroyd who had an immediate impact.

His first touch was a flick-on for striker Mark Stallard to hammer the ball into the roof of the net.

Bradford's novice boss Chris Kamara 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 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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