Raith Rovers Former Player Association Chairman John Greer has composed this obituary to Paul Hampshire:

It is with great sadness that the club have learned of the passing of former Raith Rovers’ player Paul Hampshire. Paul died after being struck by a car in the early hours of Sunday morning. He was 40-years-old.

Paul was one of a number fine young players manager Jimmy Nicholl signed during his second spell with the club. He signed for the Rovers on the same day as Laurie Ellis in July 1998 from Hutchison Vale, and went on to make 69 appearances scoring 2 goals. Paul is remembered as being blessed with a wonderful left foot.

A native of Dunbar, he was the younger brother of Steven, a striker who played for Chelsea and Dunfermline Athletic.

Paul’s first appearances came in the 1999-2000 Fife Cup games, against Burntisland Shipyard and Cowdenbeath. His first league appearance came in a 2-1-win at Inverness as an 85th minute substitute, on Saturday 28th of October 2000.

His first start for Raith Rovers came on 9th of October 2000, also in the Highlands against Ross County, in a 0-0 draw. He finished that season with a run of consecutive 11 starting appearances.

In season 2002-03, Paul Hampshire made 24 appearances as Raith Rovers won the Second Division Championship under the stewardship of Antonio Calderon.
After five seasons at Stark’s Park, in May 2003, Paul moved to Berwick Rangers, where he played for two seasons, making 65 appearances.

In the summer of 2005, he signed for East Fife, where he also spent two seasons, playing 47 times.

He then signed for his home-town side Dunbar United, where he made 56 appearances scoring 7 goals. When Paul relocated to Cornwall for work, he had a very successful period with Newquay AFC, where he was instrumental in the club winning Division West league championship in 2011-12.

Former Rovers’ team-mate Laurie Ellis commented on the sad news, saying: “I had the privilege to play with Paul. He was a very good midfielder, who showed great composure on the ball. He had a great ability to pass the ball in a variety of different ways and the team benefitted from him being in the side. He was also excellent in a number of different positions.
I signed alongside Paul and we had a great time as young footballers, travelling each day to Kirkcaldy. It showed his determination that he would travel each morning from Dunbar. There was a wonderful group of young players that travelled together, Paul, Kevin McLeish, Dene Shields, Craig Coyle, Roddy Maughan and myself. We had some great times together.
It was so sad to hear the news”.

Everyone associated with Raith Rovers would like to send their deepest condolences to Paul’s family at this very sad time.

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