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Alf Hanson

Alf Hanson

Birthdate: 27 February 1912
Birthplace: Bootle, Liverpool, England
Date of death: October 1993
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

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"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

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 166 11 0 0 0 177
1932-1933 11 0 0 0 0 11
1933-1934 36 3 0 0 0 39
1934-1935 35 2 0 0 0 37
1935-1936 5 0 0 0 0 5
1936-1937 42 1 0 0 0 43
1937-1938 37 5 0 0 0 42

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

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

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 50 2 0 0 0 52
1932-1933 2 0 0 0 0 2
1933-1934 12 1 0 0 0 13
1934-1935 9 0 0 0 0 9
1935-1936 0 0 0 0 0 0
1936-1937 13 0 0 0 0 13
1937-1938 14 1 0 0 0 15

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
50 League
2 FA Cup
Total Open play/Penalty
50 Open play
2 Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

Season Appearances Goals
1939-1940 2 1
1940-1941 3 0
1943-1944 11 2

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 21.01.1933 Aston Villa Villa Park League
50 02.05.1934 Manchester City Anfield League
100 26.09.1936 Leeds United Elland Road League
150 20.11.1937 Huddersfield Town Anfield League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 0 01.02.1933 Middlesbrough Anfield League
50 60 09.04.1938 Blackpool Anfield League

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

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Everton 1930-1931 England Second Division 0 0 0 0
Chelsea 1938-1939 England First Division 37 8 43 9
South Liverpool 1946-1948 Cheshire County League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Shelbourne 1948-1949 League of Ireland 13 12 13 12
Ellesmere Port Town 1949-1950 Cheshire County League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Penmaenmawr 1950 Wales N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 50 20 56 21
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