Iain Anderson (footballer)

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Iain Anderson
Personal information
Full name Iain William Anderson[1]
Date of birth (1977-07-23) 23 July 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1999 Dundee 70 (14)
1999–2000 Toulouse
2000 Preston North End (loan) 12 (2)
2000–2003 Preston North End 70 (11)
2003 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 7 (2)
2003–2004 Grimsby Town 29 (5)
2004–2006 Dundee 33 (3)
2006–2007 St Mirren 11 (3)
2007–2008 Ross County 4 (1)
2008 Ayr United 6 (1)
2008–2009 Elgin City
2009 Clydebank
National team
1997–1999 Scotland U21[2] 13 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:59, 20 October 2008 (UTC).

Iain William Anderson (born 23 July 1977) is a Scottish former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1993 to 2009.

He notably played for Preston North End and Dundee as well as playing in France for Ligue 1 side Toulouse. He also appeared for Tranmere Rovers, Grimsby Town, St Mirren, Ross County, Ayr United, Elgin City and Clydebank.


Anderson became the youngest ever scorer in the Scottish Premier Division, when he scored with a penalty at the age of 16 for Dundee against Hibernian.[3] His trickery, pace and powerful right foot earned him a move to the French side Toulouse, where he continued his career. In 2000 Anderson was taken on loan by then division 2 side, Preston North End. Anderson scored two goals for the club in his loan period and set many more up for another loan player, Brett Angell. Together, they are widely credited with cementing Preston North End's promotion to division 1 (now known as the Championship.)[citation needed] His successful loan spell earned him a then club record £500,000 permanent move to Preston North End in July 2000, and he scored a number of high quality goals for the club, most notably against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City. Anderson was famed for cutting inside whilst playing on the left-wing and unleashing powerful efforts at goal. He was also useful from set pieces and surprisingly good in the air for a winger.[citation needed]

His time at Preston was marred firstly by injuries and then by a change in manager, which saw Craig Brown replace David Moyes at the helm.[citation needed] Brown did not approve of Anderson's predominantly attacking play, and criticized him for his lack of defensive awareness.[citation needed] It is commonly thought that Anderson became unmotivated under Craig Brown and lost his focus.[citation needed] He was involved from the start in Preston North End's infamous victory in the Championship play-offs against Birmingham City (which Preston won following a penalty shootout, a game during which Birmingham City Manager, Trevor Francis, tried to take his players off the pitch in protest at the end the penalties were being taken from).[citation needed] Anderson also set up Richard Cresswell for Preston North End's goal against Chelsea in the FA Cup, whipping in a cross from a free kick, which Cresswell headed past Carlo Cudicini.

Subsequently he was loaned out to Tranmere Rovers (where he scored on his debut and became very popular with the Tranmere fans), then Grimsby Town.[citation needed] He eventually moved from Preston North End permanently and rejoined his former club, Dundee. He then moved to St Mirren, however in March 2007 his contract with the club was terminated by mutual consent, due to numerous injuries.[citation needed] He has since played for Ross County (where he scored once against Queen's Park),[4] Ayr United (where he scored once, again against Queen's Park),[5] Elgin City and Clydebank.


Anderson retired from football aged 31 in 2009 due to personal reasons.


  1. ^ "Iain Anderson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Iain Anderson". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Arsenal fans rob Charlie Adam of goal of the season". The Scotsman. 25 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Queen's Park 3-2 Ross County". BBC. 18 August 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ayr United 3-1 Queen's Park". BBC. 26 January 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 

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