In a new feature for the blog, we take take an in-depth look at the club we are about to face. Tomorrow's regular Friday match preview will cover the game itself from another angle.
Commonly referred to as Accies, Hamilton were formed in 1874 and play at the SuperSeal Stadium, previously known as New Douglas Park, which has been their home since 2001. With a capacity of 5510, it is the smallest stadium in the Premiership. Accies' original home, Douglas Park, was less than a hundred yards from their current stadium. They played there from 1888 to 1994. After selling the ground, they spent the next 7 seasons ground sharing with Albion Rovers and Partick Thistle.
Last 3 seasons
2013/14: 2nd, Championship: promoted via play-offs
2014/15: 7th, Premiership
2015/16: 10th, Premiership
Head to head record: last 10 meetings
Pars wins: 2 Accies wins: 6 Draws: 2
Last five outings
4 February - Premiership - Drew 1-1 v Kilmarnock (h)
31 January - Premiership - Won 3-0 v Inverness (h)
28 January - Premiership - Lost 3-0 v St Johnstone (a)
21 January - Scottish Cup - Won 1-0 v Kilmarnock (a)
31 December - Premiership - Drew 1-1 v Motherwell (h)
Hamilton have failed to win any of their 11 away games in the Premiership this season.
The 3-0 home win over Inverness on January 31 was Accies' first Premiership win in 13 games.
Accies have conceded 63% of their League goals in the second half.
Despite winning only 3 League games out of 24 matches this season (12% win percentage), Hamilton have spent more time on average ahead in matches than behind: scoring more first half goals than their opponents, but conceding more than the opposition in the second half, the majority of which have come in the last half hour. Accies average 23 minutes per game in the lead (26%), 47 minutes level (53%), and 19 minutes behind (21%): an early lead, an equaliser, and often late opposition goals.
They played for both
Of the current Pars and Accies squads, 3 current Pars players have played for both clubs. None of the Accies squad have played for Dunfermline. Pars forward David Hopkirk made 9 appearances for Accies as a teenager from 2010 to 2011. Sean Murdoch, currently in his second spell at East End Park, started his professional career at Dunfermline in 2005. Sean left East End Park in 2008 for a 3 year period at Hamilton, having also played on loan at Hamilton a year earlier while under contract with Dunfermline. The third player who has played for both teams is David Hutton, who made 21 appearances for Hamilton in 2011/12.
Midfielder Ali Crawford is Accies' top scorer this season with 6 goals. Thought to be the target of clubs during the January transfer window, Crawford is crucial to Accies' hopes of avoiding relegation. The 25 year old midfielder has been with Accies since turning professional in 2009, and has now played 235 games for the club. Crawford is an injury doubt for Saturday's game.
In the dugout
Martin Canning is still registered as a player for Accies, but in recent months has concentrated almost exclusively on his managerial duties, having not made a first team appearance this season. Canning joined Accies in 2008 and has played 244 games for Hamilton. He has played a total of 456 games in his career, which began at Ross County in 1999.
Rikki Ferguson has made more appearances for Hamilton than any other player. Making his debut at age 18 in 1974, the goalkeeper played in 527 games over the next 14 years, with 150 clean sheets. He won a Scotland Under 21 cap in 1977, playing against England. The highlight of his Accies career was winning the First Division in 1986, which allowed him to play the following season in the Premier League for the first time in his long career. He left Accies in 1988, signing for Queen Of The South, where he played 1 season before retiring.
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