Norwich caretaker manager Bryan Hamilton
moved swiftly after his appointment to sign his namesake Des Hamilton
from Newcastle on loan until the end of the 1999/2000 season.
Arriving on 21st March along with Newcastle colleague Garry
Brady, Des, real name Derrick, had been transfer listed by
Newcastle boss Bobby Robson. Originally at Bradford, Des came
through the youth team at Valley Parade to establish himself as
one of the best defenders in the Nationwide League. After 88 games
for Bradford, he signed for Kenny Dalglish's Newcastle in March
1997 for £1.375million. However he failed to establish himself
in the Newcastle first team despite playing in a midfield role.
Loan spells at Sheffield United and Huddersfield followed before
his move to Carrow Road.
Des made his debut for Norwich in the 2-2 draw at QPR on 25th
March 2000. Des and Garry Brady returned to Newcastle at the end
of the 1999/2000 season with Norwich unlikely to sign them according
to comments made by manager Bryan Hamilton in the Eastern Daily
Press. This will upset fans who thought Des added bit and commitment
to the Norwich midfield / defence.
The Sunday People reported on 25th June 2000 that new Bradford
City manager Chris Hutchings wants to make the versatile Hamilton
his first signing for Bradford with a £200,000 move for the player
who was unwanted at Newcastle. Des was later named as a makeweight
in an exchange for Lee Clark of Fulham. Des eventually joined
Tranmere on loan during the last week of October 2000. This agreement
was renewed in January 2001 to last for three months but not before
Newcastle attempted to use Des as makeweight in an exchange deal
with Sheffield Wednesday for Giles de Bilde. Des returned to Newcastle
in mid March 2001 following John Aldridge's resignation as Tranmere
Des was linked with a transfer to Cardiff City on May 20th 2001
by The Sunday People which became even more likely two
days later when he was released by Newcastle. Although Tranmere
showed an interest, Des passed a medical on June 8th and signed
a four year contract with Cardiff on July 1st when his contract
with Newcastle expired.
On Transfer Deadline day 2003 (March 27th), it was reported that
Des had joined Grimsby on loan. However the Mariners had used
up their quota of loan signings and so Des had to return to Ninian
Park and compete for a first team place. Following Cardiff's promotion
to Division One in the Second Division play-offs, manager Lennie
Lawrance informed Des and colleague Leyton Maxwell that they were
free to leave Ninian Park. However they are both able to stay
on and claim a wage under their contract unlike the 10 players
released at the time, including Mark Walton,
Fan Zhiyi, Gareth Ainsworth and Leo Fortune-West. The following
month saw Des training with Grimsby and he signed for the Mariners
in July 2003.
Des made 24(7) appearances for the Mariners but his form was
poor - a match report of his final game, against Bournemouth,
described his misplaced passes, mistimed tackles and general lethargy.
New Grimsby manager Nicky Laws had enough and replaced Des with
Walsall's Jamie Lawrance. Des was released on a free transfer
and signed for Conference side Barnet on non-contract terms.
After leaving Barnet, Hamilton returned to his native Bradford
and is playing for Campion in the West Riding County Amateur League.
He also played in May 2007 at the new Wembley in the FA Umbro
Fives final for Bradford side NBK
He joined Eccleshill Town of the Northern Counties East League as Assistant Manager on July 28th 2017.