England junior international, Herbert Hamilton (or "Duke," as he was
known since being a small boy) was a great servant to Chesterfield. A fine
hitter of a dead ball, he was the club's penalty-taker for two seasons, and was
an absolutely fearless back, never happier, it seemed, than when in the thick
of the action.
Born on the Wirral in 1906, Duke's early clubs were all from that Cheshire district and included the same Harroby team that produced Harold Roberts. After a spell on amateur forms at New Brighton he joined Everton in 1924 and made one League appearance for them. Preston North End took him on in 1927 but only 22 League games came in a four-year association with the Deepdale side, and it wasn't until The Spireites paid £250 for him in 1931 that his football career really took off.
Reliable and good-humoured, he became the idol of the crowd, and was granted a testimonial (against Leicester City) in 1937.Having helped the Spireites pip Tranmere to the Third (North) title in 1936,he returned to the Wirral to help Rovers to their own promotion in 1938.In June 1948 he became coach to a Dutch team, Zaandan FC, before emigrating to Canada in 1949. He was reported to have died in Ontario in 1951, at the age of 45.
For Chesterfield: 192 League appearances, 6 goals.