Alan Hansen is a former Scotland, Partick Thistle and Liverpool football player renowned thereafter his playing days as a commentator on football for the BBC. He was a key figure playing in defence for the highly successful Liverpool team of the 1970’s and 80’s. He is noted for his critical analysis of the game which assists him as a charismatic after dinner speaker. “They were shocking, poor, diabolical and giving mediocre performances.”
Alan turned down the opportunity to study at Aberdeen University to join Partick Thistle where he played for six seasons before being spotted by Liverpool’s legendary manager Bob Paisley. He joined Liverpool in 1977 for £110,00 where he played alongside greats including Kenny Dalgliesh, Graeme Souness and Emelyn Hughes. During his years at Liverpool between 1977 and 1991 he won an impressive 8 league titles, 3 European Cups, 2 FA Cups, 4 league cups and 6 charity shields.
In 1986 Liverpool were banned from all European competition after the 1985 European Cup Final at Heysel was preceded by rioting which caused the deaths of 39 Juventus fans. Though the result of the game was immaterial, Liverpool lost the match 1–0. Alan Hansen would never play in a European tie again. Following Heysel, Manager Joe Fagan retired and Kenny Dalglish was appointed as player-manager. He gave Alan the captaincy and the season ended in triumph, as in 1986 Liverpool became only the third side in the 20th century to complete a League and FA Cup “double.”
In the 1989 the Hillsborough disaster claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans in an FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest. Alan played only for six minutes that day before the match as abandoned, He described the tragedy as “the blackest period of my life.” Alan visited as many of the injured fans in hospital as he could and attended 12 funerals. He later said, “It was a horrific time, traumatic for everybody. It must never be forgotten.” Alan retired in 1991 through injury as he was unable to play in any competitive games during the season.
Despite his love of Liverpool Football Club he has always ruled himself out of management stating that he has no interest in coaching or management. He is an avid golfer playing of a handicap of three playing regularly at celebrity golf tournaments. Alan also hosts awards ceremonies, acts as a brand ambassador for a number of well known companies and is a regular columnist in the national media.
"They were shocking, poor, diabolical and giving mediocre performances."
"The feedback from Alan's speech has been excellent, even from people who are not 'into football' in a big way. His anecdotes were exactly the right blend of humour and team-building messages that could be appreciated by the whole audience."