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Finding Chico
« on: July 11, 2019, 08:12:44 PM »
"Hi hoping you may be able to help me??  I am trying to locate the former Villa player from the late 60's/early 70's Ian "Chico" Hamilton. I am working on behalf of SUEPA Southend United Ex-Players Association.  (See us on Facebook & Twitter).             We were formed back in January 2018 and our aim is to put former team-mates back in touch with each other, and as of today we have just under 200 former ex-players some of whom played for Southend United in the 1950's and 60's. Chico only played at Roots Hall for just under a season signing in Sept.'68 from Chelsea for about £5,000? playing in a total of 40 league & F.A.Cup matches scoring 12 goals before signing for Villa in 1969 for about £40,000?, we currently have 8 players who were team mates of Chico including Billy Best who was the goalscorer for Southend when Villa were beaten 1-0 in the F.A.Cup match back in Nov. 1971. I have been looking over the last few months at various Villa social media sites and I did see a photo of Chico at Villa Park in the last few years & did try to make contact with someone but so far not had any luck so was wondering if there was anyone on this site could/would be able to point me in the right direction.        Any help on this matter would be gratefully    received in our quest for former players.      Many Thanks, David Brabbing."

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Re: Finding Chico
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2019, 08:20:03 PM »
Maybe suggest they contact Rob Bishop or whatever the former Villa players association is?

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Re: Finding Chico
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2019, 08:49:24 PM »
Not that it helps any but I went to school with his son Paul Hamilton though lost contact after  I left in 1991. Another King Edwards Aston grad.

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Re: Finding Chico
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2019, 10:07:12 PM »
He still posts on here sometimes.







;)

Offline robbo1874

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Re: Finding Chico
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2019, 10:56:43 PM »
He lives in Lewisham

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Re: Finding Chico
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Offline Pat McMahon

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Re: Finding Chico
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2019, 12:16:16 AM »




Blimey Rob, wasn’t that when you were back from Oz in 2006?

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Re: Finding Chico
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2019, 01:59:36 AM »
Last Villa match v Fulham before I moved here mate. Nicola Keye fixed up tickets in the Holte pub for us.

Offline darren woolley

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Re: Finding Chico
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2019, 09:47:44 AM »
I would also love to meet him.

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Re: Finding Chico
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2019, 10:52:22 AM »
Many years back, I worked with his lad at Kalamazoo in Northfield. 

One or two tales of Chico's time in USA playing with George Best. You can guess the rest.


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Re: Finding Chico
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2019, 04:55:55 PM »
One of my all time favourite Villa players, alongside Pat McMahon
Had the pleasure of meeting him in the Holte pub a few years back
I was looking at some old black and white framed photos on the wall when a hand stretched across my face - a finger pointing to a  particular photo of muddied players taking a communal bath - a voice from behind me said " that's me "
I turned around and was face to face with one of my heroes from the 1970`s - Ian "Chico" Hamilton
I was starstruck and uttered something like  "  olroight mate, how you doin?"
always picture him in the yellow and blue kit

Offline richl

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Re: Finding Chico
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2019, 05:21:48 PM »
He lives near my parents in a town in Spain called pilar de la horadada. I watched the second semi final and then the final with him. Lovely bloke

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Re: Finding Chico
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2019, 07:05:45 PM »
I remember my dad telling me about a goal he scored from an impossible angle, I think it was an FA cup match.

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Re: Finding Chico
« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2019, 08:08:51 PM »
One that sticks in the memory is an approximate hundred yards run-up to take a penalty at Wrexham in the old third division days.  I was stood right in front.  He was so far back when he started his run you needed a telescope to see him.

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Re: Finding Chico
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2019, 08:18:41 PM »
And if my memory serves me right a winner at Anfield where they hadn't lost for 18 months