Hamilton Accies have enjoyed some brilliant success in the top flight of Scottish football.
Former secretary and one of the club’s two historians, Scott Struthers, takes a look back at some highlights from the 1930s.
Hamilton Accies are currently in their fourth successive season in the top flight, an achievement unparalleled since the club’s golden era of the inter-war years.
Indeed, from being promoted to the top division in 1906, it would be the season after World War Two, in 1947, before the club were relegated.
Those years saw the club reach two Scottish Cup finals (1911 and 1935) and we remain to this day the only team to have reached two or more Scottish Cup finals and never won it.
But we made it to semi-finals and had regular top-ten (and higher) finishes in the then 20-team Division 1.
In the 1930s – easily the club’s best ever on-field period – we finished 10th, 10th, 8th, 11th, 4th, 6th, 8th, 13th
Records were set in terms of goals scored, helped by one of the country’s most prolific ever scorers, English striker Davy Wilson, who played with us at that time.
Our record league victory was also achieved then – in 1932 we beat Cowdenbeath 10-2, a record equalled in 2014 against Morton.
Manager Willie McAndrew had the team playing great attacking football, our players were being capped for both Scotland and the Scottish League (inter-league…