Ian Anderson (Scottish footballer)

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Ian Anderson
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Ian Anderson pictured playing for Houston Hurricane
Personal information
Date of birth (1954-09-11)September 11, 1954
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Date of death November 5, 2008(2008-11-05) (aged 54)
Place of death Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1975 Dundee 27 (4)
1975–1978 St. Johnstone 61 (9)
1977 Tampa Bay Rowdies (loan) 11 (2)
1978–1980 Houston Hurricane 85 (17)
1978–1980 Houston Summit (indoor) 52 (55)
1981 Tampa Bay Rowdies 27 (2)
1980–1982 Cleveland Force (indoor) 85 (64)
1982 New Jersey Rockets (indoor) 39 (18)
1982–1983 St. Louis Steamers (indoor) 41 (12)
1983–1985 Wichita Wings (indoor) 86 (15)
1985–1986 Canton Invaders (indoor)
Teams managed
1982 New Jersey Rockets
1986–1987 Kansas Argyles
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ian Anderson (September 11, 1954 – November 5, 2008) was a Scottish professional football defender who spent most of his career playing in the United States.

Anderson began his professional career with Dundee F.C. when he was sixteen, his debut with the first team coming in August 1972. In December 1975, Dundee sent him to St. Johnstone F.C., and in 1977 St. Johnstone sent him on loan to the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League. In 1978, the Rowdies traded the American rights to Anderson to the Houston Hurricane in exchange for draft picks. Houston then purchased his contract from St. Johnstone. That fall, the Houston Summit became a member of the Major Indoor Soccer League. The team was essentially the Houston Hurricane in an indoor guise. He was a 1978–1979 MISL All Star with Houston.

When both the Hurricane and Summit collapsed in 1980, Anderson signed with the Cleveland Force of MISL. In December 1980, the Rowdies selected Anderson in the NASL Dispersal Draft which included players from the disbanded Hurricane. While the team wanted him for the NASL indoor season, he remained with the Force for the rest of the season, garning first team All Star honors.[1] He returned to the Rowdies for the 1981 outdoor season before moving indoors permanently that fall with the Force.

On January 6, 1982, the New Jersey Rockets purchased Anderson from the Cleveland Force.[2] and in February 1982, Anderson replaced the fired Timo Liekoski as head coach of the New Jersey Rockets.[3] In 1983 he moved to the Wichita Wings, where he played two seasons. In October 1985, he signed with the Canton Invaders of the American Indoor Soccer Association.[4] In 1986–1987, he coached the Kansas Argyles, an independent indoor soccer team.[5]

Anderson died suddenly on 5 November 2008 at Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, leaving behind his wife Jacqueline, two adult children Justin and Keri, and a granddaughter named Grace. His funeral service was held one week later in Mortonhall Crematorium Pentland Chapel, Edinburgh.[6]


  1. ^ The Year in American Soccer - 1981
  2. ^ January 6, 1982 Transactions
  3. ^ FEVER DROPS 7-4 DECISION TO STEAMERS Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) - Wednesday, February 3, 1982
  4. ^ INVADERS NOT CONTENT TO SIT ON CHAMPIONSHIP LAURELS Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Thursday, October 17, 1985
  5. ^ Warriors Split Doubleheader The Daily Oklahoman - Friday, February 27, 1987
  6. ^ Obituary Scotsman Publications (Scotland) - November 7, 2008

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