The other Lewis Hamilton

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarFriday, August 1st, 2008

 
 

It’s a glamorous life as an elite sportsman, as F1 racer Lewis Hamilton has been finding out recently.

Hot cars, exclusive invites to music award ceremonies and yacht races, celebrity girlfriends and the chance to meet international icons like Nelson Mandela.

However it’s a lifestyle which is probably not being shared by Lewis Hamilton, also 23, a newly-signed full back with Tonbridge Angels Football Club in Kent.

Here’s a story from the Kent and Sussex Courier that made us smile after it appeared wrongly categorised in a F1 news aggregator – especially since that headline appears to contain an overt nod to his namesake:

Hamilton on track for Tonbridge Angels

Tonbridge Angels have once again signalled their intent on securing promotion from the Ryman Premier League with the signing of highly rated full back Lewis Hamilton.

The 23-year-old, who impressed in the 1-1 draw with Eastbourne on Saturday, has signed on a one year contract from Lewes and can play on either side of defence.

“I am delighted with the signing and it gives us cover on both sides,” [manager Tommy] Warrilow enthused.

And there are yet more similarities, with Hamilton the racer reportedly having played in his school football team and considered the sport as a career if the racing didn’t work out.

Hamilton the footballer, a former QPR and Derby County defender, will clearly be hoping for great things with his new club.

And we hope he’s able to enjoy a decent measure of success – without constantly being overshadowed by his more famous namesake.

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