Bill Anderson (footballer)

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Bill Anderson
Teams managed
Years Team
1946–1965 Lincoln City

Bill Anderson was the manager of Lincoln City from 1946 to 1965.[1] He led the club to the Third Division North title in 1947–48 and 1951–52, as well as twelve Lincolnshire Senior Cup finals.

Management career[edit]

Anderson led the "Imps" to the Third Division North title in 1947–48 after spending just £2,000 building his team.[2] His cause was greatly helped by the division's top scorer Jimmy Hutchinson, who hit 32 of Lincoln's 81 goals.[2] Promotion was secured on the final day at Sincil Bank with a victory over Hartlepools United.[2] However they were immediately relegated in 1948–49 after finishing bottom of the Second Division, some seven points behind second-from-bottom Nottingham Forest.

They were four points short of promotion in 1949–50, before a fifth-place finish in 1950–51. Promotion was secured in 1951–52 though, as Lincoln finished three points ahead of Grimsby Town, scoring 121 goals in the process, 39 of which came from £5,000 Newcastle United signing Andy Graver.[2] The "Imps" remained in the second tier for the next nine seasons, with Graver (club record goalscorer) and Tony Emery (club record league appearance holder) being key players.[2] The 1957–58 campaign would be a particularly memorable one, as Lincoln won their last six games of the season to go from 19 points to 31 points, just one ahead of relegated Notts County.[2]

The club's unlikely success in maintaining second tier status came to a close in 1960–61, despite the best efforts of top scorer Roy Chapman, as Lincoln finished in last place, some nine points behind Portsmouth.[2] A second successive relegation came in 1961–62, as Lincoln dropped from the Third Division into the Fourth Division.[2] The fall was completed in 1962–63, as Lincoln finished third-from-bottom in the Football League. Anderson departed in 1965, after 855 games in charge.


with Lincoln City

Managerial statistics[edit]

Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Lincoln City[3] 1 January 1946 1 January 1965 855 307 189 359 35.9
Total 855 307 189 359 35.9


  1. ^ "Profile". Retrieved 17 January 2012. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "The Bill Anderson Years : 1947-1962". 26 June 2007. Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Bill Anderson management career statistics at Soccerbase