Bradfield, Berkshire born centre half Ted Hanney had served in the Army with The Royal Berkshire Regiment and began his career with Wokingham Town before moving to Southern League club Reading as an amateur in 1911. While with The Royals he was first capped for England Amateurs in a 4-0 win over The Netherlands at Anlaby Road, Hull in March 1912 and won a further cap in England’s win over Belgium in Brussels the next month. Hanney was then part of the gold medal-winning Great Britain team in the 1912 Olympic football competition in Stockholm. However due to an injury he suffered in the quarter-final match (which Britain won 7-0 against Hungary), Hanney he missed the 4-2 victory over Denmark in the Final.
In 1913 he turned professional and transferred to First Division club Manchester City for a fee of £1,250, for whom he made his Football League debut at Oldham Athletic that November, scoring his only goal for The Citizens at the end of the season in a 2-2 draw at Preston North End. Hanney played 78 matches for City either side of the First World War, during which Hanney held the rank of sergeant in The Football Battalion and was wounded in the face and neck by shrapnel at Delville Wood in July 1916. Having recovered, he guested for Brentford in the London Combination between 1917 and 1919, which they won in 1918-19, and also played wartime league football for Clapton Orient. Having served in the Royal Berkshires before the War,
On the resumption of peacetime football he only played 7 further matches for Manchester City before a transfer to Second Division club Coventry City in November 1919, where he scored once in 36 matches over the following two seasons. He then returned to Reading in the 1921 close season, where he finished his Football League career in the Third Division (South) as a virtual ever present, missing only one match during their 1921-22 campaign, scoring twice in 41 further appearances for The Royals, finally moving back into non league football with Northfleet.
From 1924 later he coached German club VfB Stuttgart, winning the regional championship of Württemberg-Baden in 1927, the club’s first title. In 1927-28 he coached FC Wacker München, taking the club to the semi-finals of the German Championship.