Dave Anderson (footballer)

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Dave Anderson
Personal information
Date of birth (1962-03-11) 11 March 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth Northern Ireland
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Harrow Borough
Youth career
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sheffield United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
National team
Northern Ireland B
Teams managed
Aylesbury United
St Albans City
Harrow Borough
North Greenford United
1999–2004 Hendon
2004–2007 AFC Wimbledon
2007 Windsor and Eton (Assistant)
2007–2008 St Albans City
2008–2010 Northwood
2010–2011 Slough Town (Assistant)
2011– Harrow Borough
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Dave Anderson (born 11 March 1962) is an association football manager, former player and media personality from Northern Ireland, best known for his role as manager of AFC Wimbledon from 2004 to 2007. He is currently manager of Isthmian League Premier Division club Harrow Borough.

A goalkeeper in his playing days, Anderson played senior football for Glentoran and Bangor and internationally for Northern Ireland B before retiring prematurely through injury. Anderson moved back to England and embarked on a career in management at non-League level, being associated with over ten teams in the course of a career lasting over two decades.

Anderson is also a regular guest on BBC London 94.9's show about non-League football, the Non-League Football Show.

Playing career[edit]

Anderson was a goalkeeper during his playing days and had youth contracts with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United.

He went home to Northern Ireland to play for Glentoran and Bangor, where he was the youngest player to travel in the UEFA Cup.[1]

He represented Northern Ireland at Schoolboy, Youth and B level.[2]

While at Bangor his playing career was prematurely ended by injury,[1] at the age of 23.[3]


Anderson subsequently moved back to England where he lived in Manchester: he was childhood friends with Manchester United player Norman Whiteside.[4] After a spell out of football he moved to London, where he met his wife at Queens Park Rangers player Alan McDonald's wedding,[5] and approached football again through non-League in around 1984 through his friendship with McDonald and fellow QPR player Ian Stewart.[1]

Anderson went on to hold back-room and managerial roles at Enfield, Aylesbury United, St Albans City, Harrow Borough (where he was assistant manager on three separate occasions[1]), Southall and North Greenford United.[3]

Anderson was assistant manager at Hendon from 1999 to 2001 before taking the manager's position.[6] In his last three seasons with the club he led them to eighth, third and fourth placed finishes in the Isthmian League Premier Division,[2] along with three consecutive victories in the Middlesex Senior Cup.[7]

Anderson was appointed as AFC Wimbledon manager by then-chairman Kris Stewart in the summer of 2004, taking with him his backroom staff from Hendon.[8] In 2004–05, his first season in charge, Anderson successfully led the club to promotion, winning a league and cup double consisting of the Isthmian League First Division and the Surrey Senior Cup. After a tough season in 2005–06 the Dons eventually finished trophy-less after losing out in the Isthmian League Premier Division playoffs and defeat in the Surrey Senior Cup final to local rivals Kingstonian. Anderson's objective for the 2006–07 season was no less than promotion, and following a defeat against Bromley in the play-off semi final, Anderson stepped down from the job on 2 May 2007.[9]

Anderson went on to the assistant position at Windsor and Eton, though he maintained a desire for a position as first team manager and thus subsequently left the club that October,[10] joining former club St Albans City as manager.[11] He was sacked in January 2008, having failed to turn around the club's fortunes.[12]

Following eight months out of management[13] Anderson took the management job at Northwood. The club enjoyed their best ever run in the FA Trophy and missed out on a play-off spot by one point in the 2008–2009 season.[14] He departed Northwood unexpectedly in March 2010, citing both personal reasons and the club's financial difficulties at the time in his resignation.[15]

On 10 June 2010 Anderson was announced as assistant manager of Slough Town, following the decision of former assistant Darren Salton to stand down due to the travel required for the job.[14]

In June 2011, Anderson left Slough Town to take on the managers role at Harrow Borough after David Howell left Boro.[16]

Media work[edit]

Anderson is a regular guest on BBC London 94.9's weekly programme about non-League football, the Non-League Football Show.[14]


  1. ^ a b c d "Features | Meeting Mr Anderson". AFC Wimbledon. 2004-05-21. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Latest news". AFC Wimbledon. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  3. ^ a b "Interview with Dave Anderson". WISA. 2004-05-17. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  4. ^ White, Jim (2004-09-04). "FA Cup entry re-ignites the question of who exactly owns Wimbledon's past". Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  5. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Non League | AFC Wimbledon chase unique double". BBC News. 2007-01-11. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  6. ^ "Greensnet – Official Hendon FC: Former Staff – Dave Anderson". Hendonfc.net. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  7. ^ "Hendon lift Middlesex Cup . . . (From Watford Observer)". Watfordobserver.co.uk. 2004-04-13. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  8. ^ "Player Profile | Mike Rayner". AFC Wimbledon. 2007-05-26. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  9. ^ "NonLeagueDaily.com". NonLeagueDaily.com. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  10. ^ "Anderson departs the Royalists / Sport / Windsor & Eton FC / Articles / Royal Borough Observer". Windsorobserver.co.uk. 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  11. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Non League | Anderson is new St Albans manager". BBC News. 2007-10-02. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  12. ^ "Anderson: I haven't stopped laughing". St Albans And Harpenden Review. 2008-04-01. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  13. ^ "Welcome to the official web site of The Non-League Paper". Thenonleaguefootballpaper.com. 2008-12-07. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  14. ^ a b c Boxall, Chris (2010-06-10). "Slough Town Anderson joins the Rebels ranks". Sloughtownfc.net. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  15. ^ "Anderson in shock Northwood resignation • NLN24". Nln24.com. 2010-03-02. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  16. ^ "New Manager Announced". harrowboro.com. 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2011-06-23.