Revered by Liverpool fans for his long career at the heart of Liverpool’s defence. Now regarded as one of the most knowledgeable football commentators in Britain.
Alan Hanson played as a central defender for Partick Thistle, Liverpool and Scotland. Upon retiring from the game he has commentated for Sky Television and the BBC, acquiring a reputation for his straight-talking and analytical approach to the game.
At the age of 15 Alan received a permanent scar to his forehead from running into a plate-glass panel, a scar which would become his most distinguishable feature.
In the summer of 1971 Alan Hansen attended a trial at Liverpool Football Club having been spotted by their scouts whilst playing for the Scottish side Partick Thistle. In the 1975–76 season he played 21 times as Thistle won the Scottish First Division championship to gain entry into the Scottish Premier Division. By the end of the following season Hansen had 35 first team appearances. He then moved south of the border to Liverpool for a fee of £110,000–a huge transfer fee at the time.
With Hansen at the heart of their defence, Liverpool had great success during the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s. They won the league title in 1980 and again in 1981 and ended the season with their first League Cup after defeating West Ham United 2–1, Hansen scoring the winner in the 28th minute. They also regained the European Cup with a 1–0 victory over Spanish giants Real Madrid.
In April 1989, after the Hillsborough disaster claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans, Alan was among many Liverpool stars left distraught by the tragedy; he attended 12 funerals and visited many who were injured in hospital.
In 1990 Alan Hanson became the first outfield player to win English league titles in three different decades, a remarkable achievement, and retired from playing the following year.
Sky Television employed Hansen as a pundit and summariser almost as soon as he ceased playing. He soon established enough of a reputation as a considered observer and thinker within the game for the BBC to approach him. He began working for BBC Radio 5 Live before moving on to Match of the Day.
Alan Hansen is known and respected as a calm and authorative analyst of the game. He is in demand as an after dinner speaker for his football anecdotes and memories.