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Dave Hanson (footballer born 1968)




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David "Dave" Hanson (born November 19, 1968 in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire) is a former professional football striker.

Dave Hanson started his career with Manchester United as an apprentice professional in 1985 after leaving Almondbury High School in Huddersfield. He spent 4 years at United, but was troubled by a back problem and eventually retired from football at the age of 20. Hanson then went on to study PE at Carnegie College in Leeds and graduated in 1994. Whilst at Carnegie, he returned to football with Farsley Celtic. He made his league debut for Bury Bury v Scunthorpe United whilst still at Carnegie in 1993 and played 3 first team games in total. In 1994 Hanson signed for Halifax Town on a free transfer. He racked up 43 league games and 15 goals. He then joined Hednesford Town at the start of the 96/97 season for a fee of £10,000 scoring 8 goals in 10 games. After only months at Hednesford he transferred to Leyton Orient for £50,000. He rejoined Halifax Town in 1998, racking up 50 league games for Orient, and scoring 11 goals. During his time at Orient he played for three loan clubs: Welling United (5 games, 3 goals) Dover Athletic (1 game, 1 goal) and Chesterfield (3 games, 1 goal). Halifax let Hanson go at the end of the 1998/99 season after making 32 league appearances. He joined Nuneaton Borough in 1999 and made 25 appearances scoring 10 goals. He then joined Hyde in 2000. Hanson left Hyde in 2001 after playing 15 games and scoring 5 goals.

Hanson retired from football in 2001 and began a full-time career in teaching. He worked as a sports lecturer at Barnsley College for 2 years before moving on to teach at Tong School, Bradford as a PE teacher.

Hanson left Tong school in 2006 to study as a physiotherapist at the University of Salford and qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 2010.

Hanson began a third spell at FC Halifax Town in December 2010 as first team physio. He works part-time at Bradford City FC's Centre of Excellence as well as a supply teacher in the Huddersfield area.

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