Colin Anderson (footballer)

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Colin Anderson
Personal information
Full name Colin Russell Anderson
Date of birth (1962-04-26) 26 April 1962 (age 54)
Place of birth Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Defender, Centre Midfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1982 Burnley 6 (0)
1982 North Shields ? (?)
1982–1985 Torquay United 109 (11)
1985–1991 West Bromwich Albion 140 (10)
1991–1992 Walsall 26 (2)
1992–1994 Hereford United 70 (1)
1994–1996 Exeter City 34 (1)
Total 385 (25)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Colin Anderson (born 26 April 1962) is an English former professional footballer, predominantly playing on left side of defence or midfield.


Anderson was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He began his career as an apprentice at Burnley, turning professional in April 1980. His league debut came in October 1980 against Fulham at Craven Cottage. He played only six times for the Clarets before being released in 1982, joining non-league side North Shields. However, in September 1982, Anderson returned to professional football with Torquay United, signing on a free transfer and making his Gulls' debut on 18 September in a 1–0 home win against Darlington. In 1984 Anderson was involved in an altercation with the manager Bruce Rioch, which led to Rioch's resignation.

In March 1985, after 109 league games in which he scored 10 goals and twice being voted player of the year, Anderson was on his way himself, West Bromwich Albion paying only £20,000 for his signature. He played 140 league games, scoring 10 goals, for the Baggies, before moving to local rivals Walsall on a free transfer in August 1991. He spent only 1 season with the Saddlers, playing 26 league games and scoring 2 goals, before another free transfer move, this time to Hereford United in August 1992. In July 1994, Anderson returned to Devon, joining Exeter City on a free transfer after 70 league appearances (1 goal) for Hereford. He played a further 34 games, scoring 1 goal for the Grecians before being released in the summer of 1997. On his release he joined Devon County Football League side Teignmouth, joining Western Football League side Dawlish Town in November 1997.

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