Stuart Anderson (Scottish footballer)
|Full name||Stuart Anderson|
|Date of birth||22 April 1986|
|Place of birth||Aberdeen, Scotland|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|2006||→ Ross County (loan)||31||(1)|
|2012||→ Eastbourne Borough (loan)||15||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:10, 28 January 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Anderson started out his career a long way from his home town as he was signed by Southampton as a trainee. He played for their youth team and in 2003 was given a professional contract by the club. However, at the end of the season, he was no longer needed by the club and was allowed to leave without playing a first-team game.
His next move was to Blackpool in time for the 2004–05 season. As one of the younger players in the squad he rarely featured in the first team during his first season at the club and was mainly used as a back-up player. He played the majority of his game in the reserve side, but featured a few times in the 2004–05 season. The following season he found chances limited and eventually returned to Scotland when he went on loan to Ross County in February 2006 and remained there for the rest of the season. On his return the Blackpool, he got even less chance in the first team and was released at the end of the season.
After a period out of the professional game, he was given a contract by Livingston in March 2007. This was only a short-term contract though to prove himself to the club. However, he failed to earn himself a contract for the following season in his month spell at Livingston.
After not being given a long-term contract by Livingston, Anderson was snapped up by Peterhead for the 2007–08 season. He quickly became a first team regular within the squad and established himself in the centre of midfield. He played regularly in the two seasons he remained at Peterhead, scoring 10 goals for the side. At the end of the 2008–09 season, he was offered a new contract by Peterhead. However, he decided to join Salisbury City on trial instead, turning down the contract offered to him.
After impressing during pre-season, Anderson signed a one-year contract with Salisbury City in August 2009. He started the season in the centre of midfield and quickly established himself within the side, missing very few games for the first team, leading to him signing a contract extension until the end of the 2010–11 season in February 2010.
Return to Peterhead
He left Salisbury at the end of the 2009–10 season, citing personal reasons, and re-signed with Peterhead. However, in January 2011 he returned to Salisbury. "Stuart came to me a couple of weeks ago to say he'd been offered a job in Southampton and asked if he could leave the club," said Peterhead manager Neale Cooper. "I said at the time that we didn't have the numbers to allow that, but with a number of players returning we are now in position to allow him to leave."
He returned to Salisbury City to play a part in their promotion to the Conference South, featuring in their play-off final win over Hednesford Town. He was rewarded with a new 1-year deal at the club. His second spell with the club saw Anderson establish himself as a key player for Salisbury. He also cashed in on regular appearances with a good goalscoring return, the highlight of this, converting a penalty in extra time away to Grimsby Town to win it for Salisbury and send them through to the third round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history.
In May 2013 he was released.
- Live Sign Up Midfielder Anderson – BBC SPORT
- News of Ins and Outs – Peterhead FC official website
- "Anderson hails Salisbury spirit". BBC Sport. 9 December 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
- "Stuart Anderson pens new Salisbury City deal". BBC Sport. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
- "Stourbridge 0 Salisbury City 0". Salisbury Journal. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
- "Anderson checks out of Balmoor". Peterhead. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
- "Further squad addition". Eastbourne Borough. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
- "Stuart Anderson Signs". Raith Rovers F.C.. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
- "Livingston v Raith Rovers: Stark’s Park pitch problems may not break bank". The Courier. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
- "Three Sign In At The Glebe". Brechin City F.C.. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
- Holme, Ben (13 January 2014). "Anderson: I'm at Formartine to win trophies". Evening Express. Retrieved 28 January 2014.