Christian Hanson (footballer)

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Christian Hanson
Christian Hanson Grays Athletic 2006.jpg
Hanson as a Grays Athletic player.
Personal information
Full name Christian Hanson[1]
Date of birth (1981-08-03) 3 August 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Middlesbrough, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Middlesbrough 0 (0)
2001 Cambridge United (loan) 8 (0)
2001–2002 Torquay United (loan) 6 (0)
2002 Spennymoor United
2002–2003 Havant & Waterlooville[2] 19 (1)
2003 Billingham Town
2003–2004 Spennymoor United[3] 29 (2)
2004 Billingham Synthonia
2004–2005 Port Vale 5 (0)
2005 Billingham Synthonia
2005 Dunston Federation Brewery
2005 Leyton Orient 2 (0)
2006 Grays Athletic 19 (0)
2006–2007 Gateshead[4] 21 (1)
2007 Spennymoor Town
2007–2009 Billingham Synthonia[5] 37 (0)
2009–?? Whitby Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Christian Hanson (born 3 August 1981) is an English former footballer. A left-footed central defender, he represented England at schools and youth level.[6] He played for a host of non-league clubs, and picked up his greatest honour by winning the FA Trophy with Grays Athletic in 2006. Once contracted to Middlesbrough, he played a handful of games in the Football League for Cambridge United, Torquay United, Port Vale, and Leyton Orient.

Playing career[edit]

Hanson began his career as a trainee with his local club, Middlesbrough, turning professional in August 2000. His development was interrupted by injury and he joined Cambridge United on loan on 22 March 2001,[7] making his Second Division debut on 31 March in a 4–1 defeat away to Peterborough United. In all he played eight games for the club before returning to the Riverside Stadium. On 5 September 2001, he played as a triallist for Grimsby Town reserves against Blackpool reserves and later in the month joined Portsmouth on trial, but neither trial spell led to a permanent move.

In November 2001, Hanson joined Torquay United on an initial one-month loan, prompting manager Roy McFarland to revert to a 4–4–2 formation to allow Hanson to make his Torquay debut the following day in a 2–0 defeat against Halifax Town at The Shay. After a total of six Third Division games, Torquay cancelled his loan deal on 4 January, after Hanson admitted going out drinking alcohol in Torquay on New Year's Eve with a number of teammates,[8] the night before a league match; Torquay defender Martin McNeil was sacked by the club at the same time for the same reason.[9] He returned to Middlesbrough, but was released at the end of the season, joining non-league side Spennymoor United after trials with Sheffield United, Portsmouth and Bristol Rovers.[10]

He joined Havant & Waterlooville in October 2002,[6] as cover for the injured Liam Daish,[10] and was regular for the remainder of the season. He moved back to the North-East of England, joining Billingham Town at the end of the season. He then moved back to Spennymoor United in October 2003,[11] but joined Billingham Synthonia for the 2004–05 season.

He returned to the Football League in December 2004 when he joined Port Vale, having been on trial with Oxford United the previous month.[12] He played just five League One games for Martin Foyle's "Valiants", and was released at the end of the season.[13] He had a trials with Leyton Orient before rejoining Billingham Synthonia in August 2005,[14] moving to Dunston Federation Brewery in late September 2005.[15]

He joined Martin Ling's Leyton Orient, initially on non-contract terms, in October 2005.[16] However, he made just two appearances, both as a substitute and was released in January 2006, at which point he joined Mark Stimson's Grays Athletic.[17] He played for the "Gravelmen" in FA Trophy final at Upton Park in 2006, when they beat Woking 2–0. He was released by Grays in May 2006, despite being a regular during his time at the club.[18] Hanson featured in Chester City's 2–0 loss to Stoke City in a friendly on 11 July 2006. He joined Gateshead in August 2006,[19] but was transfer-listed in January 2007.[20] Having played 31 games for the "Tynesiders" in 2006–07, he left the Gateshead International Stadium and returned to Spennymoor before the end of the season, helping them to promotion to the Northern League Division One.

He rejoined Billingham Synthonia in August 2007,[21] and was a regular in their Northern League side.[5] He played for Whitby Town of the Northern Premier League Premier Division in the 2009–10 season.

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Christian Hanson profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cambridge United (loan) 2000–01 Second Division 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Torquay United (loan) 2001–02 Third Division 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Port Vale 2004–05 League One 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Leyton Orient 2005–06 League Two 2 0 0 0 2 1 4 1

Honours[edit]

with Grays Athletic

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Christian Hanson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Player Details: Season 2002–2003". SoccerFacts UK. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Player Details: Season 2003–2004". SoccerFacts UK. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Gateshead stats: Season 2006–2007". Retrieved 19 April 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Player Stats – 2007–08". Billingham Synthonia F.C. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Hawks snap up ex-England starlet". NonLeagueDaily. 24 October 2002. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "Transfer deadline moves". BBC Sport. 22 March 2001. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  8. ^ "Torquay Utd (away ko 3:00pm)". Harriers Online. 4 January 2002. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  9. ^ "United give 'bad boy' McNeil his last chance". Cambridge News. 1 July 2002. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Christian Hanson player profile". Havant & Waterlooville F.C. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  11. ^ "Moors go to the dogs". NonLeagueDaily. 13 October 2003. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  12. ^ "Oxford 1 Moor Green 1". Oxford United F.C. 17 November 2004. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  13. ^ "Vale boss Foyle releases quintet". BBC Sport. 9 May 2005. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  14. ^ "Liddle may be secret weapon". Northern Echo. 13 August 2005. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  15. ^ "Fed lose Hanson to O's". NonLeagueDaily. 19 October 2005. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  16. ^ "Orient offer a chance to Hanson". BBC Sport. 11 October 2005. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  17. ^ "Grays land former Orient defender". BBC Sport. 17 January 2006. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  18. ^ "New Grays boss relishes position". BBC Sport. 25 May 2006. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  19. ^ "Hanson makes North East return". 17 August 2006. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  20. ^ "Gateshead continue clear-out". NonLeagueDaily. 15 January 2007. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  21. ^ "Ray Simpson's Angrove Northern League Round-Up". 13 August 2007. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 

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