Harry Anders

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Harry Anders
Personal information
Full name Harry Anders[1]
Date of birth (1926-11-28)28 November 1926[1]
Place of birth St Helens, Merseyside, England[1]
Date of death October 1994 (aged 67)
Place of death Blackpool, England
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
St Helens Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1953 Preston North End 69 (4)
1953–1956 Manchester City 32 (4)
1956–1957 Port Vale 3 (0)
1957–1960 Accrington Stanley 114 (18)
1960–1961 Workington 7 (1)
Runcorn
Total 225+ (27+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Harry Anders (28 November 1926 – October 1994) was an English professional footballer who scored 30 goals in 225 league appearances in a 14-year career in the Football League with Preston North End, Manchester City, Port Vale, Accrington Stanley, and Workington.[2] He helped Preston North End to the Second Division title in 1950–51 as well as second in the First Division in 1952–53; he also finished second in the Third Division North with Accrington Stanley in 1957–58. His brother was fellow footballer Jimmy Anders.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Anders played for St Helens Town, before joining Preston North End for the 1947–48 season. The "Lambs" were then a First Division club, but suffered relegation in 1948–49. Preston finished sixth in the Second Division in 1949–50 under the stewardship of Will Scott, before winning the division in 1950–51. They then finished seventh in 1951–52, before missing out on the Football League title in 1952–53 after finishing behind champions Arsenal on goal average. Anders scored four goals in 69 league games during his time at Deepdale. He then switched to league rivals Manchester City, who finished 17th in 1953–54, seventh in 1954–55, and fourth in 1955–56 under the stewardship of Les McDowall. Anders scored four goals in 32 top-flight games during his spell at Maine Road. He was signed by Port Vale manager Freddie Steele for "a substantial fee" in July 1956.[1] However he only made three appearances in the 1956–57 season as the "Valiants" were relegated in last place in the Second Division.[1] He was sold by new manager Norman Low to Accrington Stanley for "a small fee" in June 1957.[1] Walter Galbraith's "'Owd Reds" finished as the Third Division North runners-up in 1957–58, seven points behind champions Scunthorpe & Lindsey United. New boss George Eastham led Stanley to a 19th-place finish in the newly created Third Division in 1958–59, before they were relegated in last place in 1959–60. Anders scored 18 goals in 114 league games in his time at Peel Park. He scored one goal in seven Fourth Division games for Joe Harvey's Workington in a brief stay with the "Reds" at Borough Park in the 1960–61 campaign. He later played for Cheshire County League side Runcorn.

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Harry Anders profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Preston North End 1945–46 0 0 1 0 1 0
1946–47 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0
1947–48 First Division 20 0 4 1 24 1
1948–49 First Division 15 2 0 0 15 2
1949–50 Second Division 19 1 0 0 19 1
1950–51 Second Division 6 0 0 0 6 0
1951–52 First Division 7 0 0 0 7 0
1952–53 First Division 2 1 0 0 2 1
Total 69 4 5 1 74 5
Manchester City 1952–53 First Division 12 1 0 0 12 1
1953–54 First Division 19 3 1 0 20 0
1954–55 First Division 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 32 4 1 0 33 4
Port Vale 1956–57 Second Division 3 0 0 0 3 0
Accrington Stanley 1957–58 Third Division North 39 9 5 0 44 5
1958–59 Third Division 44 1 5 1 49 2
1959–60 Third Division 31 8 0 0 31 8
Total 114 18 10 1 124 9
Workington 1960–61 Fourth Division 7 1 1 0 8 1
Career Total 225 27 17 2 242 29

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 7. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. ASIN 0952915200. 
  2. ^ "Stats". neilbrown.newcastlefans.com. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Heyday of Parr's wing-wizard duo". This Is Cheshire.