George Anderson (footballer, born 1893)

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George Anderson
Personal information
Full name George Walter Anderson
Date of birth January 1893
Place of birth Cheetham, Manchester, England
Date of death 1959
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Centre-forward
Youth career
Broughton St. James'
Broughton Wellington
Salford United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1910–1911 Bury 3 (0)
1911–1917 Manchester United 80 (37)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

George Walter Anderson (born January 1893 in Cheetham, Manchester; died 1959, buried in Blackley Cemetery) was an English football player.[1] Anderson was a forward with Manchester United whose career started in 1911. Anderson went on to score 39 goals for United, and scored another 39 unofficial goals during the First World War.

Anderson was involved in a match fixing scandal that ended his career. In a game at Old Trafford on 29 December 1917 against Burnley, he was accused of fixing the match after three United players complained to the team president. He was then banned from Old Trafford on 8 January 1918 and later sentenced to an 8-month prison term after his trial in Liverpool.[1] In 1915 Anderson had already testified during the investigation of the 1915 British football betting scandal which led to the banning of seven Manchester United and Liverpool F.C. players.[1] Anderson's great nephew believes in his innocence and has campaigned to clear the name of his great-uncle.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Sanchez, Raf (7 February 2011). "Family's fight to clear United star jailed in match-fixing scandal 94 years ago". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Patrick O'Connell
Manchester United captain
Succeeded by
Jack Mew