Speedy forward Stan Alexander began his league career at Hull City in 1926. He previously played for his home town club, Tyneside amateur side Percy Main, while working in the local coal mine. He won recognition as an England Schoolboy international as a teenager. Alexander had to be patient in his first three seasons at Anlaby Road as other options were preferred and Alexander was a reserve forward filling in for injuries. However in 1929/30 Stan became a regular starter as a result of scoring regularly. When City embarked on an unlikely FA Cup run in early 1930 that only ended in a semi-final replay against Arsenal, Stan was the Tigers’ principal goal threat with five strikes. That season City were relagated thanks to a post-Cup run slump in form, and in 1930/31 Alexander took advantage of weaker Division Three North defences to claim 24 league goals. This form led to Stan joining an FA XI touring Canada in 1931.
In November 1931 Alexander’s goals encouraged Bradford City to claim his signature and he spent two seasons at Valley Parade, scoring 23 league goals. He headed south in October 1933, signing for Millwall. After two seasons he switched to Tottenham Hotspur, the highest placed club of his career. Stan managed just nine starts in the First Division across two seasons before returning north and signing for Accrington Stanley in June 1938, leaving eight months later.
Alexander served in the Royal Navy during World War 2. After the War he returned to Hull City as youth team coach for several seasons. He settled in Hull and died in June 1961.
Date/Place of Birth: 17 September 1905, Percy Main
Hull City First Game: 30 April 1927, Oldham Athletic H (Division Two), 21 years, 225 days old
Hull City Final Game: 14 November 1931, Doncaster Rovers H (Division Three North), 26 years, 58 days old
Percy Main, Hull City (1926-1931), Bradford City (1931-1933), Millwall (1933-1936), Tottenham Hotspur (1936-1938), Accrington Stanley (1938-1939)
Hull City Record
Career: 108 apps, 46 goalsStan Alexander