James Hanson (footballer, born 1987)

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James Hanson
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Hanson with the victory parade that followed Bradford City's victory in the 2013 Football League Two play-off Final
Personal information
Full name James Robert Hanson[1]
Date of birth (1987-11-09) 9 November 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Bradford, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Bradford City
Number 9
Youth career
Huddersfield Town
Bradford City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Eccleshill United
2007–2009 Guiseley
2009– Bradford City 266 (73)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:15, 30 April 2016 (UTC).


James Robert Hanson (born 9 November 1987) is an English professional footballer who plays for Bradford City as a striker.

After playing youth football for Huddersfield Town and Bradford City, Hanson began his career in semi-professional non-league football, playing for Eccleshill United and Guiseley. He turned professional after re-signing with Bradford City in 2009. As of February 2016 James Hanson had made over 300 appearances for Bradford City, scoring 84 goals in the process.[3] Undoubtedly, Hanson must be considered as one of the most pivotal players in Bradford City's recent History; scoring at Wembley, achieving promotion from League 2 and beating five Premier League teams.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Hanson played youth football for Huddersfield Town (where he was let go at the age of 15 for being too small[4]), as well as Bradford City.[5][6] He began his senior career playing semi-professional non-league football with Eccleshill United and Guiseley, balancing his football career with a job in a local Co-operative supermarket in Idle, Bradford.[7] Bradford City fans later sung a song about Hanson's supermarket work.[8] Hanson scored 46 goals 67 games in his two seasons with Guiseley.[9][10]

Bradford City[edit]

2009–10 season[edit]

Hanson signed his first professional contract with Bradford City in July 2009,[11] with his transfer fee set by a tribunal hearing six months later at a figure close to £7,500, a sell-on clause and the agreement of a friendly between the two sides.[12] Hanson made his debut for Bradford on the opening day of the 2009–10 season, on 8 August 2009, in a 5–0 defeat against Notts County.[13][14] Hanson scored his first goal for Bradford on 22 August 2009, in a 5–4 victory away at Cheltenham Town.[15][16] Hanson won the Player of the Year award during his first season at Bradford City,[17] and was rewarded with a new, improved contract for the next four years.[18]

2011–12 season[edit]

In February 2012, Hanson suffered a groin injury, and was estimated to miss six weeks of matches.[19] During the 2011–12 season, Hanson scored 14 goals, his highest tally to date in three years as a professional.[20]

2012–13 season[edit]

In October 2012, team-mate Andrew Davies stated his belief that Hanson's goals would help the club achieve promotion.[21] He scored Bradford City's goal in the second leg League Cup semi-final tie against Aston Villa, and was named Man Of The Match for the second leg, helping Bradford to the League Cup final.[22] Hanson had a broken toe prior to the match, and received an injection for it 15 minutes before kick-off.[23] Hanson's performance was praised by former manager Steve Kittrick.[24]

Hanson played in the 2013 Football League Cup Final; after the match, he said he believed Bradford City would return to Wembley via the League Two play-offs.[25] Hanson scored two goals in the next three League matches, reaching 10 goals for the season,[26] and later that month he stated that the club had to win both forthcoming Easter games.[27] In April 2013, Hanson spoke of the "buzz" around the club as they mounted a play-off challenge.[28] On 5 May, he scored a vital goal in the second leg of the play-off semi-final against Burton Albion, helping Bradford overcome a 3–2 deficit from the home leg to win the game 3–1 and the tie 5–4 on aggregate.[29][30] In the Final at Wembley, Hanson scored in a 3–0 victory against Northampton Town,[31] and later spoke about how he was looking forward to playing in a higher division.[32]

2013–14 season[edit]

Ahead of the 2013–14 season, Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson said that only a high-money bid would persuade the club to sell either Hanson and fellow striker Nahki Wells.[33] In July 2013, Hanson was praised by former Bradford City left-back Wayne Jacobs,[34] and in August 2013 Hanson spoke positively of his partnership with team-mate Nahki Wells.[35] Wells has also publicly praised his strike partnership with Hanson,[36] as has journalist Simon Parker, who described them as "[one of] the best front pairs that League One has to offer."[37] Hanson has also been praised by manager Phil Parkinson.[38] In October 2013 Hanson spoke about his use of a mind coach.[39] On 29 November 2013 he signed a new contract with the club, taking him up to the end of the 2016–17 season,[40][41] and becoming the first player at the club to sign a new contract that season.[42] In December 2013 fellow Bradford City player Andrew Davies described Wells and Hanson as the best strike pair in the division.[43] The partnership ended when Wells was sold to Huddersfield Town in January 2014.[44] In February 2014, after Hanson scored his 10th goal of the season, Davies spoke about Hanson's increase in playing form.[45] In March 2014, Hanson spoke about new strike partner Aaron McLean's lack of goals for the club,[46] while Hanson himself had scored 6 goals in 9 games.[47] That same month Hanson was revealed as the player in 3 divisions of the Football League who had committed the most fouls in the 2013–14 season to date; he was defended by manager Phil Parkinson.[48] Throughout March and April, Hanson suffered a number of minor injuries which prevented him from playing,[49][50] making only 1 appearance in the past 7 games as of 25 April 2014.[51][52] His work-rate during that season was later praised by former team-mate Andy Gray.[53]

2014–15 season[edit]

Ahead of the 2014–15 season the club implemented new a playing style and match tactics, and Hanson stated he was looking forward to showing that he was able to adapt to it.[54] In August 2014, after scoring five goals in the season to date, Hanson entered the club's top ten all-time scorer list.[55] In September 2014 it was announced that Hanson was suffering from a thigh injury, and could miss up to 5 matches.[56] In December 2014, following his return from injury, Hanson was kept out of the starting line-up by Jon Stead and Billy Clarke.[57] In January 2015 Hanson praised Stead,[58] while later that month he was himself praised by ex-Bantam striker Dean Windass.[59] Following Bradford City's shock victory in the FA Cup over Chelsea, Hanson was praised by their captain John Terry.[60] In April 2015 Hanson declared that he was aiming to score 20 goals a season for the club; at that point he was on 11 goals, having not scored for 2 months.[61] In May 2015 the club rejected an undisclosed transfer bid for Hanson from Millwall.[62] Despite the rejection, Millwall stated they were still interested in signing Hanson,[63] and Bradford City turned down a second bid a few weeks later.[64] Bradford City delayed any possible transfer while they searched for a replacement,[65] although Hanson later stated he wished to remain at the club.[66][67] Hanson credited manager Phil Parkinson with persuading him to stay at the club.[68]

2015–16 season[edit]

At the start of the 2015–16 season, Hanson discussed his striker partnership with new summer signing Devante Cole.[69] He was dropped from the starting XI in October 2015, following a poor performance in a previous game, having played every game up to that point of the season.[70] After an injury to his replacement Steve Davies, Hanson returned to the first-team later that month,[71] scoring in his first game back in the starting XI.[72] In November 2015 he suffered an ankle ligaments injury in an FA Cup game.[73]

On 13 February 2016 he made his 300th appearance for the club, scoring 2 goals in the process.[74] On 23 April 2016 he scored a hat-trick as City beat promotion rivals Walsall 4-0; it was his first professional hat-trick,[75] having previously not started a game since 5 March.[76][77]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 30 April 2016.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bradford City 2009–10[78] 34 12 1 0 1 0 3 1 39 13
2010–11[79] 36 6 1 2 2 1 0 0 39 9
2011–12[80] 39 13 3 1 1 0 3 0 46 14
2012–13[81] 43 10 3 1 8 2 5 2 59 15
2013–14[82] 35 12 1 0 1 0 0 0 37 12
2014–15[83] 38 9 7 1 2 1 1 0 48 11
2015–16[84] 41 11 4 1 1 1 1 0 47 13
Career total 266 73 20 6 16 5 13 3 315 87

Personal life[edit]

Hanson attended Beckfoot School in Bingley from 1999 to 2004.[85] Hanson and his girlfriend Jodie had their first child, a daughter named Lexie, in November 2012.[86] Lexie was blessed the day after her father scored in the League Two Playoff Final at Wembley.[87]

Honours[edit]

Bradford City[88]

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