alex hastings

Player of the Day: Alex Hastings

by Kate Smith

1930s skipper takes spotlight.

Half-back Alex Hastings spent 16 years with Sunderland and appeared for only one other club (barring guest appearances) during his career.

That club was Stenhousemuir, from whom Hastings joined Sunderland in August 1930.

Captain for much of the 1930s, he went on to make 297 appearances in red and white, the majority of those before the outbreak of the Second World War, and scored six goals for the club.

He represented Hartlepool as a guest during the war before returning to Sunderland.

After hanging up his boots in 1946, Hastings worked as a scout for Stoke City before emigrating to Australia in 1965.

There, he became President of the South Australian Soccer Federation and founded the Coaches' Association in Australia. He was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1981.