Player profile

Alf Hanson

Birthdate: 27 February 1912
Birthplace: Bootle, Liverpool, England
Other clubs: Everton (1930-31), Chelsea (1938-46); New Brighton, Wrexham, Manchester City, Chester, Bolton Wanderers, Crewe Alexandra, Rochdale, Tranmere Rovers, Southport, Liverpool (wartime guest), South Liverpool (1946-48), Shelbourne (1948-49), Ellesmere Port Town (1949-50), Penmaenmawr (1950)
Bought from: Everton
Signed for LFC: November 1931
Liverpool debut: 21.01.1933
Last appearance: 07.05.1938
Debut goal: 01.02.1933
Last goal: 16.04.1938
Contract expiry: 06.07.1938
Win ratio: 36.72% W: 65 D: 43 L: 69
Games/goals ratio: 3.4
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 2 / 0
Wartime games/goals: 16 / 3
LFC league games/goals: 166 / 50
Total LFC games/goals: 177 / 52

Player profile

"A slip of a lad he was not entirely a one-footed player but it was that left boot which put fear into the hearts of goalkeepers when they saw Alf prancing down the wing," wrote the Liverpool Echo. Left-winger Hanson represented Liverpool for six seasons during the 1930's. After one season in Everton's A-team and reserves he first appeared in Liverpool's reserve line-up in 1931/32 before finally making his first-team bow in the middle of the 1932/33 season. He featured regularly for Liverpool save for an injury-hit 1935/36 season. Liverpool received a club transfer record of £7,500 when Hanson joined Chelsea in the summer of 1938. He played 46 games and scored nine goals for them, but his professional career was effectively over with the outbreak of World War II. Hanson was player-manager of a few amateur teams after the war; South Liverpool, Shelbourne and Ellesmere Port Town. Alf says that he was actually born Hansen because his father was a Norwegian mariner. He was always reported in the newspapers as Hanson. Alf featured for Liverpool in 16 wartime games where he did his best to hide his christian name, Adolph!

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals16611000177
1932-1933 11000011
1933-1934 36300039
1934-1935 35200037
1935-1936 500005
1936-1937 42100043
1937-1938 37500042

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
10Huddersfield Town
10Manchester City
9Portsmouth
9Arsenal
8WBA
8Derby
8Everton
8Leeds United
7Preston North End
7Chelsea
7Middlesbrough
7Sunderland
7Birmingham City
7Leicester City
7Sheffield Wednesday
6Grimsby Town
6Stoke City
6Wolves
5Bolton Wanderers
5Brentford
4Sheffield United
4Aston Villa
3Charlton Athletic
3Blackburn Rovers
3Tottenham
2Crystal Palace
2Newcastle United
2Fulham
2Blackpool
2Manchester United
1Norwich City
1Tranmere Rovers
1Yeovil Town
TotalCompetition
166League
11FA Cup

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals50200052
1932-1933 200002
1933-1934 12100013
1934-1935 900009
1935-1936 000000
1936-1937 13000013
1937-1938 14100015

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalCompetition
50League
2FA Cup
TotalOpen play/Penalty
50Open play
2Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
1939-194021
1940-194130
1943-1944112

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
121.01.1933Aston VillaVilla ParkLeague
5002.05.1934Manchester CityAnfieldLeague
10026.09.1936Leeds UnitedElland RoadLeague
15020.11.1937Huddersfield TownAnfieldLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
1001.02.1933MiddlesbroughAnfieldLeague
506009.04.1938BlackpoolAnfieldLeague

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Related Quotes

"A slip of a lad he was not entirely a one-footed player but it was that left boot which put fear into the hearts of goalkeepers when they saw Alf prancing down the wing."

Liverpool Echo columnist on Alf Hanson

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1932-1933 * Midfielder
1933-1934 * Midfielder
1934-1935 * Midfielder
1935-1936 * Midfielder
1936-1937 * Midfielder
1937-1938 * Midfielder
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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