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Rover of the Day: Jimmy Hanson

23 May 2020

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Jimmy Hanson born May 23, 1877.

Jimmy made 64 League appearances for Bolton Wanderers between 1899 and 1904, making him one of the more experienced members of the Rovers team on their return to Division Two in 1904-05.

A versatile player, who could operate at inside forward or half-back, he made his Rovers debut on 3rd September 1904 in a 0-2 home defeat by Lincoln City. Two weeks later his penalty helped Rovers to their first win of the campaign, a 2-0 home victory over Barnsley, but Rovers won only two more games, finishing bottom, and not being re-elected at the end of the season.

Jimmy was also pressed into service as a goalkeeper in a FA Cup replay at Mexborough when regular goalie Tommy Thorpe was unavailable. Rovers 1-3 defeat was their first FA Cup loss to a non-League side as a Football League club. In all he made 14 appearances, scoring twice.

He later played for Oldham Athletic and died in 1955, aged 78.

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