Tributes paid to former Seasider Paul Hampshire

Dunbar United FC are devastated to learn of the death of former Seasiders player Paul Hampshire on Sunday.

Dunbar born and bred, Paul was an incredibly talented player with his left foot described, by those who played with him, as a “wand”.

Prior to joining Dunbar United in July 2007 he played with Raith Rovers, Berwick Rangers and East Fife. He made 56 appearances and scored 7 goals for United, before leaving us in August 2008 and relocating to Cornwall where he joined Newquay.

Jock Landells was the Manager when he signed at the start of Season 2007/08, and he made his debut in a Friendly fixture against Preston Athletic on the 24th of July 2007.

Paul is seen in the above photo standing in the back row to the right of the goalkeeper beside Dunbar United legends, Adam Cheetham and Geoff Jones.

His last game was on the 30th of August 2008, when Davie Lees was appointed as Manager against West Calder United at home.

He made 56 appearances in that short time, scoring 7 goals,  including a hat trick against Pentcaitland.

Current Dunbar United Manager,  Kevin Haynes said,  “Paul was a great guy, and having spoken with him recently, he was so supportive in what the club were doing. RIP Paul.”

Former team mate and current Assistant Manager, Andy Donlevy said, “Horrendous news, I knew Hammy for years, and having played together in the East & Midlothian county team, and then in my last season at Dunbar.”

“Paul had a wand of a left peg. A great guy that will be sadly missed. RIP Hammy.”

Paul is a friend to many of us at the club and we extend our full support, sympathies and condolences to Paul’s family.