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Thanks for the memories

With the sale of Hamilton Academical Football Club just about complete, I would like to take this
opportunity to thank my Board of Directors that have made this amazing journey possible. Without
question the achievements of Ronald McDonald, Les Gray, Allan Maitland, to name but three, has
been nothing short of spectacular.
They, together with a board of unpaid directors all played their part in helping us climb up through
the divisions, helped us survive the horrendous cyber fraud of 2017, helped hold things together
during the pandemic years and have miraculously protected our Elite Youth Academy whilst our first
team faced back-to-back relegations.
Their many achievements include our first trophy in 30 years. They brought 10 years of Premiership
football to New Douglas Park whilst developing a top tier Elite Youth Academy that have just
successfully won both the Under16’s and Under18’s Elite Youth Leagues.
Our Elite Youth Academy gave players such as McArthur, McCarthy, Easton, Lewis Ferguson and
many more their opportunities to kick on and play at higher levels. Not forgetting Alex Neil, Billy Reid
and a score of other backroom staff that now work at higher levels across the country.
For me personally, my true passion has been my work in the field of addiction as well as building a
social conscience our community football club could be proud of. Hamilton Academical Football Club
gave me the platform to achieve this and I genuinely don’t regret one moment of it.
A special thank you to my small group of loyal staff. I’d also like to thank the vast majority of our
supporters, my personal friends and of course our absolutely, unbelievably generous sponsors.
There is no doubt in my mind, without them survival would have been difficult.
So, that leaves me just to say, good luck to the new owners going forward and I wish them and
Hamilton Academical Football Club all the success in the world.
Colin McGowan, Director, Edencrest Ltd


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