Percy Main, Northumberland born inside right and centre forward Stan Alexander began his football career with Percy Main Amateurs in 1925 from where he joined Second Division Hull City in the close season of 1926, making his Football League debut against Oldham Athletic in April 1927. Initially a fringe player, he began to feature in the first team with regularity from November 1928, and top scored for The Tigers with 19 goals during their 1929-30 relegation campaign, including 5 goals as City reached the 1930 FA Cup semi final at Elland Road, where he played in the 2-2 draw with eventual winners Arsenal, missing the replay defeat at Villa Park three days later, following this up with 24 goals as Hull finished sixth in the Third Division (North) in 1930-31, when he was again the club’s top goalscorer. These totals included an FA Cup hat-trick against Plymouth Argyle in January 1930 and League hat-tricks at Hartlepools United and Crewe Alexandra the following season.
After 46 goals in 108 appearances he joined Second Division Bradford City in exchange for Jack Hill in November 1931, and was their leading goalscorer with 16 goals in 1932-33. But after 23 goals in 64 games he was signed by Millwall in October 1933, although he couldn’t save them from relegation to the Third Division (South) at the end of the season. He stayed two more seasons at The Den, scoring 13 goals in 95 appearances before joining Tottenham Hotspur in the close season of 1936, where he scored once in 9 appearances before moving to Accrington Stanley in the summer of 1938. He scored 4 goals for Stanley in 24 appearances in the last season before the Second World War, which saw him serve in the Royal Navy, leaving Stanley in 1940 and retiring from playing during the War.