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Grant Campbell Hanley (born 20 November 1991) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a defender for Premier League club Norwich City and the Scotland national team. He has previously played for Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United.

Grant Hanley
Grant Hanley 2018.jpg
Hanley playing for Norwich City in 2018
Personal information
Full name Grant Campbell Hanley[1]
Date of birth (1991-11-20) 20 November 1991 (age 27)[1]
Place of birth Dumfries, Scotland
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.87 m)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Norwich City
Number 5
Youth career
Queen of the South
2004–2006 Crewe Alexandra
2006–2008 Rangers
2008–2010 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2016 Blackburn Rovers 183 (8)
2016–2017 Newcastle United 10 (1)
2017– Norwich City 44 (2)
National team
2010–2011 Scotland U19 7 (0)
2010 Scotland U21 1 (0)
2011– Scotland 29 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:26, 25 August 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 June 2018 (UTC)

Early yearsEdit

Hanley was born in Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway.[1] He was involved at youth level with local club Queen of the South, Crewe Alexandra and with Rangers before he joined Blackburn Rovers as a 16-year-old in 2008.[3][4]

Club careerEdit

Blackburn RoversEdit

At Rovers, Hanley was captain of the under-18 team.[4] Hanley made his Premier League debut for Rovers in a 1–0 win at Aston Villa on 9 May 2010.[5][6] Hanley committed his future when he signed a new five-year deal with Blackburn on 21 July 2010.[7]

Hanley made his first Premier League appearance of season 2010–11 as a 67th-minute substitute in a 1–1 draw at home to West Ham United.[citation needed] He made his FA Cup debut on 8 January 2011, against Queens Park Rangers in a 1–0 victory at Ewood Park.[8] On 5 March 2011, Hanley scored his first goal for Rovers in a 3–2 defeat against Fulham at Craven Cottage.[9] That was the last of his nine Blackburn first team appearances that season although he was to make his international debut at the end of the season.[10] On 31 December 2011, Hanley started and scored the winning goal in a 3–2 win against local rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.[11][12] This win lifted Blackburn off the bottom of the table.[13] On 14 April 2012, in a Premier League fixture against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, he suffered ankle ligament damage.[citation needed] Hanley made 28 appearances and scored one goal in all competitions for Rovers but the club was relegated into the Championship.[14]

In the 2012–13 season Hanley maintained his first team place and formed a partnership with Scott Dann. At the end of the season, he signed a five-year contract with the club.[15]

After Dann left for Crystal Palace in January 2014, Hanley was appointed as the new captain of the club.[16]

Newcastle UnitedEdit

On 21 July 2016, Hanley signed for newly relegated Championship club Newcastle United on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[17] He was handed the number 5 shirt, previously worn by Georginio Wijnaldum. He scored his first goal for the club in the 79th minute in a 6–0 win versus Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.[18]

Norwich CityEdit

2017–18Edit

On 30 August 2017, Hanley joined Norwich City on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[19] He made his debut on 9 September 2017, coming on as a substitute in a 1–0 win over Birmingham City at Carrow Road.[20] Although he had been something of an emergency buy, with Norwich having started the season with a number of injuries and playing inexperienced centre backs, Hanley soon became a regular in the team, often being deployed as one of three centre halves with Timm Klose and Christoph Zimmermann. He ultimately made 32 league appearances for Norwich during the 2017–18 season, plus two in the FA Cup. One of his most memorable contributions came in the derby game against Ipswich Town on 18 February. Ipswich had gone 1–0 up in the 89th minute and seemed set for a first win over Norwich in nine years. However, deep into added time, Hanley chased a ball to the byline and crossed it back into the goal area, allowing Klose to head it home for an equaliser.[21] The following month, on 17 March, Hanley scored his first goal for Norwich, the second in a 3–2 win over Reading.[22]

2018–19Edit

At the beginning of the 2018–19 season, with Russell Martin leaving the club, Hanley was appointed Norwich's new club captain[23] ahead of Ivo Pinto, who had deputised for Martin for much of the previous season. He played in Norwich's opening six league games, getting his second goal for the club in a 4–3 defeat against West Bromwich Albion;[24] however, he was then injured in training.[25] During his absence, Klose and Zimmermann established themselves at centre-back, with Ben Godfrey also becoming a regular choice, and Hanley was restricted to a few appearances as substitute on his return. When he finally started a game, an FA Cup tie against Portsmouth, he was sent off in the first fifteen minutes for a professional foul on Ronan Curtis and Norwich went on to lose 1–0.[26] Despite his lack of game time, Hanley remained club captain as Norwich gained promotion to the Premier League. In the final game of the season, as Norwich defeated Aston Villa 2–1, winning the Championship title, Hanley was brought on as an 89th minute substitute for Onel Hernandez[27] and lifted the Championship trophy alongside team captain Zimmermann.[28][29]

2019–20Edit

Hanley scored an own goal in a 4–1 defeat against Liverpool on 9 August, which was the first goal of the 2019–20 Premier League season.[30]

International careerEdit

Hanley captained Scotland at under-19 level.[4] On 17 November 2010, he played for Scotland under-21s when aged 18 in a 3–1 win against Northern Ireland at Firhill.[31]

On 1 February 2011, Hanley was called up to the senior Scotland squad for the first time ahead of the game against Northern Ireland in the Nations Cup.[32] He made his full international debut as an 84th-minute substitute on 25 May 2011 coming on for Gary Caldwell against Wales in the Nations Cup in Dublin.[10] His first Scotland goal was in his fifth full international when he opened the scoring in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier at home against Wales on 22 March 2013 at Hampden Park.[33]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

 
Hanley playing for Blackburn Rovers in 2014
As of match played 24 August 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Blackburn Rovers 2009–10[34] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11[35] Premier League 7 1 2 0 0 0 9 1
2011–12[36] Premier League 23 1 1 0 4 0 28 1
2012–13[37] Championship 39 2 5 1 1 0 45 3
2013–14[38] Championship 38 1 2 0 0 0 40 1
2014–15[39] Championship 31 1 0 0 0 0 31 1
2015–16[40] Championship 44 2 2 0 0 0 46 2
Total 183 8 12 1 5 0 200 9
Newcastle United 2016–17[41] Championship 10 1 3 0 3 0 16 1
2017–18[42] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 10 1 3 0 4 0 17 1
Norwich City 2017–18[42] Championship 32 1 2 0 34 1
2018–19[43] Championship 9 1 1 0 0 0 10 1
2019–20[44] Premier League 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 44 2 3 0 0 0 47 2
Career total 237 11 18 1 9 0 264 12

InternationalEdit

As of match played 4 September 2017[45]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Scotland 2011 3 0
2012 1 0
2013 8 1
2014 5 0
2015 3 0
2016 7 0
2017 1 0
Total 28 1

International goalsEdit

As of match played 29 May 2016. Scotland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Hanley goal.[45]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 22 March 2013 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland 5   Wales 1–0 1–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification [33]

HonoursEdit

Newcastle United

Norwich City

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Player Profile – Grant Hanley". Blackburn Rovers F.C. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  3. ^ Muirhead's career built on solid bricks Archived 16 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine Scottish Football League, 14 January 2011
  4. ^ a b c I can be the new Colin Hendry for Scotland & Blackburn, vows Scots under 19 skipper Grant Hanley Daily Record, 24 May 2010
  5. ^ "Grant Hanley first team profile". Blackburn Rovers F.C. Archived from the original on 5 May 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
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  7. ^ Blackburn Rovers defender Hanley pens five-year contract Lancashire Telegraph, 22 July 2010
  8. ^ Blackburn Rovers v QPR Match facts The Guardian, 8 January 2011
  9. ^ Fulham 3–2 Blackburn BBC Sport, 5 March 2011
  10. ^ a b Doonhamer internationalists Queen of the South F.C., 25 May 2011
  11. ^ Match winner Grant Hanley hails Blackburn Rovers youth BBC Sport, 31 December 2011
  12. ^ Blackburn stun United, Spurs and Chelsea slip up Reuters, 31 December 2011
  13. ^ Man Utd 2–3 Blackburn BBC Sport, 31 December 2011
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