Former International Scottish football player turned BBC television football pundit.
Alan Hanson played as a central defender for Partick Thistle, Liverpool and Scotland. As a football commentator he worked for Sky Television, and then later, the BBC, and has acquired a reputation for his straight-talking and analytical approach to the game. He has also become one of football’s most-recognisable voices.
At the age of 15 Hansen received a permanent scar to his forehead from running into a plate-glass panel. It has since become one of his most distinguishable features.
In the summer of 1971, 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 Alan Hansen 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 Alan had 35 first team appearances, before moving south of the border to Liverpool for a fee of £110,000, which was a huge transfer fee at the time.
With Hansen at the heart of their defence Liverpool FC went on to have huge success during the late 1970s and throughout the1980s. They won the league title in 1980 and then in 1981 they ended the season with their first League Cup after defeating West Ham United 2–1 in a replay at Villa Park. Hansen scored the winning goal in the 28th minute. They also regained the European Cup with a 1–0 victory over Spanish giants Real Madrid.
In 1990 Hanson became the first outfield player to win English league titles in three different decades. He retired from playing the following year.
Sky Television employed Hansen as a pundit and summariser almost as soon as he ceased playing, and he had 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, appearing most-notably with Gary Lineker and Mark Lawrenson.
Voice Over Talent & Advertising
Although best known as a pundit, rather than a commentator, Alan has worked a lot as a voice artist in the commercial sector.
Given his distinctive and recognisable voice, many companies have signed him up to voice advertisements for TV. He has voiced commercials for Merlin Football Stickers, in 1998, Seaboard Energy, in 2001, and supermarket chain Morrisons, in 2008.
Alan hansen has also appeared in many TV commercials, including campaigns for Littlewoods, shoe brand Bull Boys, McDonald’s, Standard Life, Carlsberg, and a Christmas campaign for Morrisons.