Focus On; Bob Hatton

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Hatton signed a new contract in the summer of 1970. What no-one had realised, though, was that it had a release clause included. After just 15 games of the 1971–72 season, Birmingham City made a successful bid of £80,000, a Carlisle club-record fee. He scored 9 more goals for Carlisle before his move, and notched a goal in the 2–0 away win in his final game for the club, at Luton Town on 23 October 1971.

Hatton played a major part in Birmingham City’s promotion to the top flight in the 1971–72 season partnering Trevor Francis and Bob Latchford. Hatton scored the only goal in the 1975 F.A Cup Quarter Final win over Middlesbrough in front of over 53,000 fans and played in Division One till 1976.


  • Full Name: Robert James Hatton
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of Birth: 10.04.1947
  • Birthplace: Hull
  • Nation: England
  • Club Career: Birmingham City
    • Period: 1971-1976
    • League Games, 175
    • League Goals, 58
    • Previous Club: Carlisle United
      • Transfer Fee: £80.000
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