|Full name||Russell Anderson|
|Date of birth||25 October 1978|
|Place of birth||Aberdeen, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2008||→ Plymouth Argyle (loan)||14||(0)|
|2008–2009||→ Burnley (loan)||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Russell Anderson (born 25 October 1978) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a centre back for Aberdeen. He has played in the Scottish Premier League for Aberdeen, the Premier League for Sunderland, and the Football League for Plymouth Argyle, Burnley and Derby County. Anderson won 11 caps for Scotland at full international level.
Anderson grew up in the Mannofield area of Aberdeen and attended Aberdeen Grammar School. He began his career with local club Aberdeen, and progressed through the ranks to make his first team debut in 1997; scoring his first goal for the club in a 4–0 win against Hibernian in 2000. Described as a solid, reliable centre-back, Anderson established himself as a first choice player and went on to make more than 300 appearances in his first spell with the club. In 2003, he was appointed club captain, a role he held for four years before moving to Sunderland in 2007.
In the 2005–06 season, he won the most league man-of-the-match awards from BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound. In 2006, Anderson celebrated ten years at the club with a testimonial match against Everton, a match where the Aberdeen fans showed their respect for his considerable ability and loyalty, with 12,000 fans attending the match. Despite Aberdeen leading 2–1, Everton won 3–2.
Despite having stated his desire to remain at Aberdeen for the rest of his career, on 27 June 2007, Anderson completed a £1 million transfer to Premiership club Sunderland, signing a three-year deal.
Anderson made his first appearance for Sunderland in a friendly match against Italian side Juventus on 4 August 2007. He came on as a substitute at the Stadium of Light with fifteen minutes of the match remaining. On 18 August 2007, he made his Premier League début as a substitute against Wigan Athletic, where he gave away a penalty for a mis-timed tackle in a 3–0 defeat. This would prove to be his only Premier League appearance for Sunderland, as his next two years at the club would be blighted by injury. His second and last appearance for the club came against Luton in the FA Cup on 28 August 2007. Anderson, making his full début, ruptured his ankle ligaments. After having reconstructive surgery, Anderson was ruled out for three months.
On 19 February 2008, Anderson joined Plymouth Argyle on a one month loan, which was later extended until the end of the 2007–08 season. He made his début for Plymouth away to Southampton on 19 February 2008, with Plymouth winning 2–0. Anderson went on to play in all 14 of Plymouth's final league games of the season during his spell at the club.
On 26 August 2008, Anderson joined Burnley on loan until the end of the 2008–09 season. He made his Burnley début on 30 August 2008 in a 0–0 draw against his former club Plymouth. Anderson played four consecutive league games for Burnley, but in his fifth game for the club, a League Cup tie against Fulham on 23 September 2008, he suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury that ruled him out for the rest of the season.
After spending 14 months out injured, Anderson finally made his comeback in a reserve game against Wigan Athletic on 1 December 2009. Anderson's contract was due to expire at the end of the 2009–10 season, and it was reported on 30 December 2009 that Sunderland were considering paying off the remainder of his contract, which would allow Anderson to sign on a free transfer for another club in the January transfer window. On 31 December, Anderson was reported to be in talks with Hibernian and an "unnamed Championship club", later revealed to be Derby County. Reports of Anderson leaving were confirmed on 14 January 2010, as Sunderland released Anderson from his contract.
On 15 January 2010, Derby County announced that they had signed Anderson on a contract until the end of the 2009–10 season. He made his début as a second half substitute in a 3–0 win at Peterborough United the following day and appeared sporadically as a late substitute for the club over the next 8 weeks, behind the club's first choice pairing of Jake Buxton and Shaun Barker. He finally made his first start for the club in a 2–2 draw with Middlesbrough on 16 March, in place of Buxton, and kept it for the rest of the season as Derby successfully fought off relegation. Anderson scored his first goal for Derby County, and his first in three years, on 17 April 2010 with the opener in a 1–1 draw against Crystal Palace which ensured Derby were mathematically safe from relegation. Anderson impressed enough for Derby manager Nigel Clough to confirm his intention to offer Anderson a 2-year deal at the end of the 2009/10 season, seeing Anderson as one of four centre halves for the club's 2010/11 season alongside Barker, Buxton and Dean Leacock. The deal was signed on 21 April 2010
Anderson started the 2010–11 season alongside Dean Leacock in the centre of the Derby defence as they earned a 2–1 win at Leeds United before an injury sustained in training ruled him out for the next two months. He returned to action with a 60 minute appearance in the reserves 3–1 defeat at Rotherham United. He returned to first team action as an 89th minute substitute the following Saturday against Preston North End, winning a 93rd minute penalty which Robbie Savage converted in a 3–0 Derby victory. He suffered a hamstring injury soon after which ruled him out for another three months before picking up a calf injury in his rehabilitation to rule him out until mid-February 2011. He returned to the side on 2 April with a substitute appearance in a 4-1 defeat at Cardiff City and featured in the remaining six games of the campaign with a further 3 starts and 3 substitute appearances. Following the end of the 2010/11 season, it was reported that Aberdeen had a move for Anderson accepted but the player rejected the chance of a move, preferring to remain at Pride Park. Anderson started the season in Derby's first team but was injured 35 minutes into the first game and missed the first month of the season. Upon returning to the side for a 3-0 win over Millwall at the end of September, Anderson played a role in 7 of Derby's next 8 games, often employed at right-back in the absence of first choice John Brayford. However, a hamstring injury sustained in a 3-0 home defeat to Cardiff City saw him ruled out of action for two months. The injury proved to be the final injury of a blighted spell with the Rams as his contract was canceled by mutual consent on 12 December 2011, with just 19 appearances coming in his 15 months as permanent player at the club.
Return to Aberdeen
Anderson played for the Scottish national side on eleven occasions and was both a youth and under-21 international. He won his first cap against Iceland in October 2002, coming on as a late substitute.
In November 2006, he won the Scottish Player of the Month award for the first time in his career. April 2007 saw him nominated for Scottish PFA Players' Player of the Year for the 2006/07 season. He was the only Scottish candidate for the award, and the only nominee playing for a club other than Celtic, the SPL champions. Anderson was also named in the Scottish PFA team of the year for the 2006–07 season.
- A. ^ Soccerbase's stats for the match between Nottingham Forest and Derby County on 17 September 2011 fail to count a substitute appearance made by Anderson, instead crediting it to Lee Croft. Therefore, until and unless they correct it, he should have one more appearance for Derby than given on his Soccerbase page.
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