Player Profile: Colin Hampton
Full Name: Colin McKenzie Hampton
Born: Saturday, 1st September 1888
Place of Birth: Brechin, Scotland
Height: 5' 11"
Colin McKenzie Hampton, son of William Hampton, a slater, and Jane Hampton (nee Donaldson) was born at 135 River Street, Brechin, on 1st September 1888.
Colin Hampton became the first Motherwell player to win a cap for the Scottish Football League. He was selected to play in goals against the Irish League in 1912 at Windsor Park in Belfast. Reputedly he had a very good game and losing only a single goal in the game in which Scotland ran out 3-1 winners. While with Motherwell he won a Lanarkshire Cup Winner’s Medal.
He was also twice rewarded with the Daily Mail Weekly Merit Award, one for his part in the Motherwell v. Raith Rovers game of 13th September 1913, which Motherwell won 3-2, and one for his part in the Motherwell v. Celtic game of 20th December 1913. The prize on both occasions was an engraved cigarette case.
While with Motherwell FC however, Colin Hampton had another claim to fame. In 1912 the laws of football were changed to confine the goal-keeper’s handling of the ball to the penalty area. Prior to that, the keeper could handle the ball anywhere in his own half. In a game between Third Lanark and Motherwell in 1910, both Jimmy Brownlie, the Third Lanark keeper, later to serve as manager of Dundee United, and Colin Hampton, scored goals for their respective teams from kick-outs. It has been suggested that it was this coincidental pair of goals in the same game, which led to the 1912 change in the laws.
Colin was transferred to Chelsea on 20 April 1914 for £600, a considerable fee in those days. His debut at Stamford Bridge in front of 30,000 against Everton on 25 April 1914, Chelsea’s last game of the last peace-time season. Chelsea won 2-0. At that point Colin Hampton was noted as 5’ 11” tall, weighing 11 stone 4 pounds.
His playing days were interrupted by the War. He enlisted in August 1915. By November 1915 he was a Corporal when he won a medal for the Motor Machine Gun Service Battery Football Cup. He was noted at that point as serving with the 28th Battery MMGS. He eventually served as a machine gunner in Mesopotamia. His service number in the Motor Machine Gun Corps was 2338. In 1918, by which time he was a sergeant, his armoured car was shattered by shellfire and Colin was taken prisoner by the Turks, only to be released with his comrades when the armistice was declared while being marched to Constantinople. Colin was awarded the Military Medal, the citation for which was gazetted in 1919.
After the war he returned to playing for Chelsea for which his best years were from 1922 to 1924 when he played 28 and 22 games in consecutive seasons. While playing with Chelsea he won a London FA Cup Winners medal. Most of his years at Stamford Bridge were spent understudying goalkeepers such as Jim Molyneux and Benjamin Howard, yet he was “an extremely sound and reliable keeper”. All in all Colin Hampton played 82 games for Chelsea, 79 in the League and 3 in the FA Cup . Chelsea rewarded him with two benefit matches. He was also however rewarded by Chelsea’s aristocratic President, the Earl of Cadogan, who evidently had the Chelsea team spend some time at his stately home, Culford Hall, in Suffolk, at which a photograph was taken of the Chelsea team (in civvies), a signed copy of which was sent by Cadogan to Colin Hampton.
In the years immediately before the 1939-45 War Colin Hampton ran a small confectionery shop. He had married Eliza Watson, originally from Kirriemuir. During World War II he worked at the Coventry Gauge and Tool Company while his wife maintained the confectionery business. During World War II he also served as Special Constable. He died of emphysema at Stracathro Hospital, near Brechin in January 1968.
Information courtesy of http://www.brechincity.com/
Chelsea (Apr 1914 to Jun 1924) - cost: £600
Debut: Saturday, 25th April 1914, Chelsea 2 - 0 Everton
Last Appearance: Saturday, 16th February 1924, Everton 2 - 0 Chelsea
* oth = other competitive matches such as Full Members Cup, Charity/Community Shield, Fifa World Club Cup.
Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Colin Hampton made 82 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.
|League||25th Apr 1914||Chelsea||2||0||Everton||30,000|
|League||17th Oct 1914||Bradford Park Avenue||3||0||Chelsea||20,000|
|League||4th Oct 1919||Burnley||2||3||Chelsea||25,000|
|League||11th Oct 1919||Chelsea||1||0||Liverpool||35,000|
|League||18th Oct 1919||Liverpool||0||1||Chelsea||25,000|
|League||25th Oct 1919||Bradford Park Avenue||1||0||Chelsea||18,000|
|League||1st Nov 1919||Chelsea||4||0||Bradford Park Avenue||36,000|
|League||8th Nov 1919||Preston North End||3||1||Chelsea||20,000|
|League||15th Nov 1919||Chelsea||4||0||Preston North End||34,000|
|League||22nd Nov 1919||Middlesbrough||0||0||Chelsea||20,000|
|League||29th Nov 1919||Chelsea||3||1||Middlesbrough||50,000|
|League||6th Dec 1919||Arsenal||1||1||Chelsea||50,000|
|League||13th Dec 1919||Chelsea||3||1||Arsenal||60,000|
|League||20th Dec 1919||Sheffield United||3||1||Chelsea||25,000|
|League||25th Dec 1919||Aston Villa||5||2||Chelsea||30,000|
|League||17th Mar 1920||Chelsea||2||0||Notts County||25,000|
|League||17th Apr 1920||Chelsea||0||0||Derby County||40,000|
|League||2nd Oct 1920||Chelsea||1||1||Burnley||45,000|
|League||27th Nov 1920||Sheffield United||0||1||Chelsea||15,000|
|League||4th Dec 1920||Chelsea||1||2||Arsenal||60,000|
|League||11th Dec 1920||Arsenal||1||1||Chelsea||50,000|
|League||14th Mar 1921||West Bromwich Albion||1||1||Chelsea||15,000|
|League||9th Apr 1921||Huddersfield Town||2||0||Chelsea||14,200|
|League||3rd Dec 1921||Chelsea||0||0||Preston North End||30,000|
|League||4th Feb 1922||Oldham Athletic||0||3||Chelsea||10,000|
|League||8th Feb 1922||Cardiff City||2||0||Chelsea||25,000|
|League||10th Apr 1922||Chelsea||1||0||Huddersfield Town||18,000|
|League||14th Apr 1922||Chelsea||1||0||Aston Villa||59,557|
|League||15th Apr 1922||Chelsea||1||0||Sunderland||40,000|
|League||17th Apr 1922||Aston Villa||1||4||Chelsea||20,000|
|League||22nd Apr 1922||Sunderland||1||2||Chelsea||10,000|
|League||6th May 1922||Huddersfield Town||2||0||Chelsea||15,000|
|League||11th Nov 1922||Chelsea||0||1||Preston North End||25,000|
|League||16th Dec 1922||Chelsea||0||0||Tottenham Hotspur||50,000|
|League||23rd Dec 1922||Tottenham Hotspur||3||1||Chelsea||40,000|
|League||25th Dec 1922||Chelsea||2||2||Nottingham Forest||35,000|
|League||26th Dec 1922||Nottingham Forest||0||4||Chelsea||20,000|
|League||30th Dec 1922||Chelsea||0||0||Liverpool||40,000|
|League||6th Jan 1923||Liverpool||1||0||Chelsea||30,000|
|F.A. Cup||13th Jan 1923||Chelsea||1||0||Rotherham County||30,500|
|League||20th Jan 1923||Chelsea||3||0||Newcastle United||27,000|
|League||27th Jan 1923||Newcastle United||0||0||Chelsea||20,000|
|F.A. Cup||3rd Feb 1923||Chelsea||0||0||Southampton||67,105|
|F.A. Cup||7th Feb 1923||Southampton||1||0||Chelsea||15,781|
|League||10th Feb 1923||Everton||3||1||Chelsea||30,000|
|League||14th Feb 1923||Chelsea||3||1||Everton||20,000|
|League||17th Feb 1923||Chelsea||0||0||Arsenal||45,000|
|League||24th Feb 1923||Arsenal||3||1||Chelsea||40,000|
|League||3rd Mar 1923||Chelsea||1||1||Cardiff City||32,000|
|League||10th Mar 1923||Cardiff City||6||1||Chelsea||26,000|
|League||17th Mar 1923||West Bromwich Albion||0||0||Chelsea||12,242|
|League||30th Mar 1923||Aston Villa||1||0||Chelsea||30,000|
|League||31st Mar 1923||Manchester City||3||0||Chelsea||30,000|
|League||2nd Apr 1923||Chelsea||1||1||Aston Villa||30,000|
|League||7th Apr 1923||Chelsea||1||1||Manchester City||30,000|
|League||14th Apr 1923||Bolton Wanderers||1||1||Chelsea||15,000|
|League||21st Apr 1923||Chelsea||3||0||Bolton Wanderers||20,000|
|League||25th Apr 1923||Chelsea||2||2||West Bromwich Albion||25,000|
|League||28th Apr 1923||Blackburn Rovers||0||0||Chelsea||10,000|
|League||5th May 1923||Chelsea||1||1||Blackburn Rovers||12,000|
|League||25th Aug 1923||Blackburn Rovers||3||0||Chelsea||15,000|
|League||27th Aug 1923||Chelsea||0||1||Tottenham Hotspur||35,000|
|League||1st Sep 1923||Chelsea||2||0||Blackburn Rovers||31,000|
|League||3rd Sep 1923||Tottenham Hotspur||0||1||Chelsea||40,000|
|League||8th Sep 1923||Chelsea||0||0||Aston Villa||46,000|
|League||15th Sep 1923||Aston Villa||0||0||Chelsea||20,000|
|League||22nd Sep 1923||Chelsea||1||1||Sheffield United||26,000|
|League||29th Sep 1923||Sheffield United||1||0||Chelsea||20,000|
|League||6th Oct 1923||Chelsea||1||2||Cardiff City||47,000|
|League||13th Oct 1923||Cardiff City||1||1||Chelsea||37,000|
|League||17th Oct 1923||Sunderland||2||0||Chelsea||20,000|
|League||20th Oct 1923||Chelsea||0||0||West Ham United||50,000|
|League||27th Oct 1923||West Ham United||2||0||Chelsea||26,000|
|League||3rd Nov 1923||Chelsea||0||0||Bolton Wanderers||26,500|
|League||10th Nov 1923||Bolton Wanderers||4||0||Chelsea||20,000|
|League||17th Nov 1923||Middlesbrough||2||0||Chelsea||10,000|
|League||24th Nov 1923||Chelsea||2||0||Middlesbrough||18,000|
|League||1st Dec 1923||Preston North End||1||1||Chelsea||16,000|
|League||8th Dec 1923||Chelsea||1||2||Preston North End||36,000|
|League||15th Dec 1923||Burnley||2||0||Chelsea||15,000|
|League||22nd Dec 1923||Chelsea||3||2||Burnley||17,500|
|League||16th Feb 1924||Everton||2||0||Chelsea||25,000|
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