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Full Name: Colin McKenzie Hampton

Born: Saturday, 1st September 1888
Place of Birth: Brechin, Scotland
Height: 5' 11"
Died: 1968

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/

Career:
Brechin City
Motherwell
Chelsea (Apr 1914 to Jun 1924) - cost: £600
Brechin City
Crystal Palace

Chelsea Career Summary

Debut: Saturday, 25th April 1914, Chelsea 2 - 0 Everton

Age on debut: 25 years 7 months 24 days

Last Appearance: Saturday, 16th February 1924, Everton 2 - 0 Chelsea

Appearances

Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1913 / 14 100001
1914 / 15 100001
1919 / 20 15000015
1920 / 21 600006
1921 / 22 900009
1922 / 23 25300028
1923 / 24 22000022
Total79300082

Goals

Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
Total000000


* 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.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League25th Apr 1914Chelsea20Everton30,000 match won
League17th Oct 1914Bradford Park Avenue30Chelsea20,000 match lost
League4th Oct 1919Burnley23Chelsea25,000 match won
League11th Oct 1919Chelsea10Liverpool35,000 match won
League18th Oct 1919Liverpool01Chelsea25,000 match won
League25th Oct 1919Bradford Park Avenue10Chelsea18,000 match lost
League1st Nov 1919Chelsea40Bradford Park Avenue36,000 match won
League8th Nov 1919Preston North End31Chelsea20,000 match lost
League15th Nov 1919Chelsea40Preston North End34,000 match won
League22nd Nov 1919Middlesbrough00Chelsea20,000 match drawn
League29th Nov 1919Chelsea31Middlesbrough50,000 match won
League6th Dec 1919Arsenal11Chelsea50,000 match drawn
League13th Dec 1919Chelsea31Arsenal60,000 match won
League20th Dec 1919Sheffield United31Chelsea25,000 match lost
League25th Dec 1919Aston Villa52Chelsea30,000 match lost
League17th Mar 1920Chelsea20Notts County25,000 match won
League17th Apr 1920Chelsea00Derby County40,000 match drawn
League2nd Oct 1920Chelsea11Burnley45,000 match drawn
League27th Nov 1920Sheffield United01Chelsea15,000 match won
League4th Dec 1920Chelsea12Arsenal60,000 match lost
League11th Dec 1920Arsenal11Chelsea50,000 match drawn
League14th Mar 1921West Bromwich Albion11Chelsea15,000 match drawn
League9th Apr 1921Huddersfield Town20Chelsea14,200 match lost
League3rd Dec 1921Chelsea00Preston North End30,000 match drawn
League4th Feb 1922Oldham Athletic03Chelsea10,000 match won
League8th Feb 1922Cardiff City20Chelsea25,000 match lost
League10th Apr 1922Chelsea10Huddersfield Town18,000 match won
League14th Apr 1922Chelsea10Aston Villa59,557 match won
League15th Apr 1922Chelsea10Sunderland40,000 match won
League17th Apr 1922Aston Villa14Chelsea20,000 match won
League22nd Apr 1922Sunderland12Chelsea10,000 match won
League6th May 1922Huddersfield Town20Chelsea15,000 match lost
League11th Nov 1922Chelsea01Preston North End25,000 match lost
League16th Dec 1922Chelsea00Tottenham Hotspur50,000 match drawn
League23rd Dec 1922Tottenham Hotspur31Chelsea40,000 match lost
League25th Dec 1922Chelsea22Nottingham Forest35,000 match drawn
League26th Dec 1922Nottingham Forest04Chelsea20,000 match won
League30th Dec 1922Chelsea00Liverpool40,000 match drawn
League6th Jan 1923Liverpool10Chelsea30,000 match lost
F.A. Cup13th Jan 1923Chelsea10Rotherham County30,500 match won
League20th Jan 1923Chelsea30Newcastle United27,000 match won
League27th Jan 1923Newcastle United00Chelsea20,000 match drawn
F.A. Cup3rd Feb 1923Chelsea00Southampton67,105 match drawn
F.A. Cup7th Feb 1923Southampton10Chelsea15,781 match lost
League10th Feb 1923Everton31Chelsea30,000 match lost
League14th Feb 1923Chelsea31Everton20,000 match won
League17th Feb 1923Chelsea00Arsenal45,000 match drawn
League24th Feb 1923Arsenal31Chelsea40,000 match lost
League3rd Mar 1923Chelsea11Cardiff City32,000 match drawn
League10th Mar 1923Cardiff City61Chelsea26,000 match lost
League17th Mar 1923West Bromwich Albion00Chelsea12,242 match drawn
League30th Mar 1923Aston Villa10Chelsea30,000 match lost
League31st Mar 1923Manchester City30Chelsea30,000 match lost
League2nd Apr 1923Chelsea11Aston Villa30,000 match drawn
League7th Apr 1923Chelsea11Manchester City30,000 match drawn
League14th Apr 1923Bolton Wanderers11Chelsea15,000 match drawn
League21st Apr 1923Chelsea30Bolton Wanderers20,000 match won
League25th Apr 1923Chelsea22West Bromwich Albion25,000 match drawn
League28th Apr 1923Blackburn Rovers00Chelsea10,000 match drawn
League5th May 1923Chelsea11Blackburn Rovers12,000 match drawn
League25th Aug 1923Blackburn Rovers30Chelsea15,000 match lost
League27th Aug 1923Chelsea01Tottenham Hotspur35,000 match lost
League1st Sep 1923Chelsea20Blackburn Rovers31,000 match won
League3rd Sep 1923Tottenham Hotspur01Chelsea40,000 match won
League8th Sep 1923Chelsea00Aston Villa46,000 match drawn
League15th Sep 1923Aston Villa00Chelsea20,000 match drawn
League22nd Sep 1923Chelsea11Sheffield United26,000 match drawn
League29th Sep 1923Sheffield United10Chelsea20,000 match lost
League6th Oct 1923Chelsea12Cardiff City47,000 match lost
League13th Oct 1923Cardiff City11Chelsea37,000 match drawn
League17th Oct 1923Sunderland20Chelsea20,000 match lost
League20th Oct 1923Chelsea00West Ham United50,000 match drawn
League27th Oct 1923West Ham United20Chelsea26,000 match lost
League3rd Nov 1923Chelsea00Bolton Wanderers26,500 match drawn
League10th Nov 1923Bolton Wanderers40Chelsea20,000 match lost
League17th Nov 1923Middlesbrough20Chelsea10,000 match lost
League24th Nov 1923Chelsea20Middlesbrough18,000 match won
League1st Dec 1923Preston North End11Chelsea16,000 match drawn
League8th Dec 1923Chelsea12Preston North End36,000 match lost
League15th Dec 1923Burnley20Chelsea15,000 match lost
League22nd Dec 1923Chelsea32Burnley17,500 match won
League16th Feb 1924Everton20Chelsea25,000 match lost
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Chelsea Player Colin Hampton

Games Won: 25
Win Percentage: 30.49%
Total Bookings: 0
Times Sent Off: 0

Teammates

During his Chelsea career of 82 appearances, Colin Hampton played alongside the following 47 players (number of appearances together in brackets)

Laurence Abrams (7)
Jimmy Armstrong (21)
James Ashford (2)
Fred Barrett (6)
Dr John Barr Bell (15)
Walter Bennett (2)
Wally Bettridge (19)
Billy Bridgeman (1)
Harold Brittan (6)
David Cameron (24)
Sid Castle (18)
Jack Cock (26)
Jackie Crawford (7)
Jimmy Croal (21)
George Dale (16)
William Dickie (9)
Bernard Duffy (1)
Willie Ferguson (21)
Jim Ferris (5)
William Finlayson (4)
Harry Ford (53)
James Frew (16)
Harold Halse (17)
Jack Harrow (78)
William Haywood (9)
Frank Hoddinott (2)
John Lee (2)
Fred Linfoot (16)
Tommy Logan (11)
Owen Marshall (2)
Ken McKenzie (2)
Bobby McNeil (68)
Tommy Meehan (55)
Nils Middelboe (11)
Harold Miller (22)
John Priestley (43)
Buchanan Sharp (23)
George Smith (57)
Stephen Smith (4)
Frederick Taylor (2)
Albert Thain (10)
Bob Thomson (3)
Joseph Ward (3)
William Whitton (15)
Harry Wilding (59)
Andy Wilson (5)
Vivian Woodward (1)