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Former West Brom stars Bob Taylor & Darren Bradley lead tributes to 'shining light' Ian Hamilton

Team-mates of Albion favourite Ian Hamilton have paid tribute after the death of the former midfielder was confirmed yesterday.

Hamilton alongside Albion team mates Paul Raven, Bob Taylor & Andy Hunt

Colleagues of ‘Hammy’ – “a great lad with a massive engine” spoke of their sadness as the 1990s Hawthorns star died, aged 55.

Hamilton was a stalwart of the much-loved Ossie Ardiles promotion-winners of 1992/93. Indeed his winning goal in the play-off semi-final second leg against Swansea is the stuff of folklore among Baggies.

Stevenage-born Hamilton played 282 times for Albion between 1992 and 1998, and scored 28 goals.

His former captain and team-mate Darren Bradley told the Express & Star: “It’s hurt me quite a lot, to be honest.

“I’m just gutted, it’s difficult to find words at the minute.

“Hammy was a good player, we had a good little team, it was a shame Ossie left after the success.

“He was a massive part of that time, not just a good player, he was a great lad, a really good lad.

“He had a massive engine, he was just a really good player for us. We had a great team for a very short time when we were an XI again, it was fantastic. Hammy was a massive integral part, he scored goals, had a massive engine, and off the pitch was just a great lad.”