John Anderson (footballer, born 1959)

John Christopher Patrick Anderson (born 7 November 1959) is a former professional footballer who played as a defender. He represented the Republic of Ireland, and played for club sides West Bromwich Albion, Preston North End and Newcastle United.

John Anderson
Personal information
Full name John Christopher Patrick Anderson
Date of birth (1959-11-07) 7 November 1959 (age 62)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
Stella Maris
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1979 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
1979–1982 Preston North End 51 (0)
1982–1992 Newcastle United 337 (14)
Total 350 (14)
National team
1979–1988 Republic of Ireland 16 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Club careerEdit

Anderson was on the books of West Bromwich Albion between 1976 and 1979. Despite playing in 92 reserve team games for the club, he never made a single first team appearance for the club in a major competition.[1]

Anderson signed for Newcastle United in 1982 on a free transfer from Preston North End. His signing was low key because the club had recently pulled off a major coup in signing England captain Kevin Keegan. A very versatile player, Anderson made his debut in the 2–1 win at Blackburn Rovers on 1 September 1982.

In 1983–84, Anderson played in one of the most entertaining sides in Newcastle United's history as the club scored 85 goals and gained promotion back to the top flight, in a side that featured Chris Waddle, Peter Beardsley, Kevin Keegan and Terry McDermott. Anderson played in 41 of the 42 league matches that season. He was given a testimonial by the club in 1992 after 10 years as a Newcastle United player, during which time he made 337 league appearances, scoring 14 goals.[citation needed] One of his goals was a 25-yard free kick in a game at Vicarage Road in the early 1990s against Watford.

International careerEdit

Anderson represented the Republic of Ireland at schoolboy, youth and under-21 levels.[1] Anderson's only international goal was the match winner in the 3–2 victory over the US in a friendly game at Dalymount Park on 29 October 1979. This was only his second cap, coming on as a substitute for Pierce O'Leary. It was a much better result than his first cap, also as a substitute but for John Devine. That game was the 4–1 defeat to Czechoslovakia, played in the Stadion Evžena Rošického on 26 September 1979. Anderson's first international start came in the 1–0 defeat to Chile, played in the National Stadium in Santiago on 22 May 1982. He won 16 caps for the full team and was in the squad for the 1988 European Championship finals, although he was an unused substitute for all of the three Group B matches. He missed out on going to the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. His last game for Ireland was in the testimonial for Peadar O'Driscoll against Tunisia on 19 October 1988, with Ireland winning, 4–0.

After footballEdit

Anderson retired from playing football in 1992.[1] He was always a fans' favourite at St James' Park and he is regularly asked to come to the club for ex-players' events.[citation needed] He also works as an analyst on Republic of Ireland international matches for RTÉ radio and summariser on Newcastle games for BBC Radio Newcastle.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Matthews, Tony (2005). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Breedon Books. p. 269. ISBN 1-85983-474-4.

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