Paul Anderson (footballer)

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Paul Anderson
Personal information
Full name Paul Anderson[1]
Date of birth (1988-07-23) 23 July 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Melton Mowbray, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Ipswich Town
Number 11
Youth career
West Bromwich Albion
2005-2006 Hull City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Liverpool 0 (0)
2007–2008 Swansea City (loan) 31 (10)
2008–2009 Nottingham Forest (loan) 26 (2)
2009–2012 Nottingham Forest 92 (7)
2012–2013 Bristol City 29 (3)
2013– Ipswich Town 31 (5)
National team
2007 England U19 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:21, 11 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 May, 2013

Paul Anderson (born 23 July 1988 in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire) is a footballer who currently plays for Championship side Ipswich Town. He plays primarily as a winger and can operate on either flank. He started his career at Hull City before moving to Liverpool but made no league appearances for either club. Loan spells with Swansea City and Nottingham Forest resulted in a permanent move to the latter for whom he made nearly 100 league appearances. In 2012 he moved to Bristol City before signing for Ipswich Town the following year.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Anderson attended Brownlow County Primary School, then South Leicestershire College and then King Edward School in Melton Mowbray. As a schoolboy he was attached to Leicester City but they declined to offer him a professional contract, believing he would never make the grade. After this setback Anderson then decided to join Hull City, the club his father Phil Anderson had played for. His performances for their academy team caught the eye of Liverpool who took him to Anfield on an extended trial.

Liverpool[edit]

In 11 November 2005 Liverpool's official website announced that a swap deal was arranged for Liverpool's John Welsh to move to Hull, while Anderson went the other way after impressing during a trial.[2]

Anderson was a regular in the Liverpool U-18 team which won the 2006 FA Youth Cup and his performances led some to compare him to Michael Owen.[3]

Anderson earned his first call-up to the senior team in March 2006 when he was an unused substitute in Liverpool's Champions League Round of 16 second leg against Benfica.[4] On 15 July 2006, Anderson made a memorable debut for the Liverpool's first team in a pre-season friendly against Wrexham.[5] Anderson scored an early goal in the fifth minute to set Liverpool on their way to a 2–0 victory.

On 1 July 2008, immediately prior to his loan to Nottingham Forest, Anderson signed a new three-year contract.[6]

Swansea City[edit]

Anderson joined League One side Swansea City on loan for the 2007–08 season. After a successful season with the club, Anderson was named Swansea Young Player of the Year[7] scoring 10 goals in all competitions. Swansea manager Roberto Martínez expressed his desire to sign the winger on a permanent basis.[8] Swansea faced competition for the player from Nottingham Forest who were also understood to be interested in the player.

Nottingham Forest[edit]

On 26 June 2008 it was announced that Anderson was to join Forest on a season-long loan.[9][10] After suffering with injury, Anderson eventually made his Forest debut against Queens Park Rangers on 18 October 2008.[11] He scored his first goal for the club in November, in the 2–1 home defeat against Norwich City.[12] His second goal came in a 2–0 home win against Plymouth Argyle.

On 23 January 2009, in an FA Cup fourth round qualifier, between Derby County and Nottingham Forest, Anderson suffered a serious injury in the second half of the game. Anderson fell awkwardly after a challenge by Derby's Paul Connolly and suffered a broken arm and dislocated wrist.[13] He returned only four weeks later, and helped Forest secure Championship status, finishing 19th.[14]

In May 2009, Liverpool accepted a bid from Swansea for Anderson. However, due to Roberto Martínez leaving Swansea, personal terms were agreed and Forest signed the winger on a permanent basis for a fee of £250,000 on 30 June 2009. The 20-year old signed a three-year deal, becoming Forest's third confirmed signing in two days.[15][16]

Bristol City[edit]

Anderson signed for Bristol City on 26 July 2012 on a two-year deal.[17] He made his debut on 18 August in a 1–0 defeat against his former club Nottingham Forest.[18] He scored his first goal for the club on 23 October in a 4–3 defeat against Burnley.[19] He scored his second goal for the club on 29 December in a 4–2 win against Peterborough United.[20] He scored his third goal of the season on 29 January in a 2–0 win at home to Watford.[21]

Ipswich Town[edit]

On 8 July 2013 Anderson signed a two-year contract with Ipswich Town as part of a swap deal (with Jay Emmanuel-Thomas joining Anderson's previous club Bristol City).[22]

International career[edit]

Anderson has been capped by England at Under-19 level.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 1 July 2014.[24]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Total
2007–08 Swansea City (loan) League One 35 9 3 0 2 1 41 10
2008–09 Nottingham Forest (loan) Championship 26 2 2 0 0 0 28 2
2009–10 Nottingham Forest 39 4 2 0 3 1 44 5
2010–11 33 2 1 1 1 0 35 0
2011–12 17 0 0 0 1 0 18 0
2012–13 Bristol City 29 3 1 0 0 0 30 3
2013–14 Ipswich Town 31 5 1 0 1 0 33 5
Total England 165 23 9 0 7 2 181 25
Career total 165 23 9 0 7 2 181 25

[25]

Honours[edit]

Liverpool
Swansea City

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Findmypast.com. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Teenage star to join Reds in January". Liverpoolfc.tv (Liverpool F.C.). 11 November 2005. Retrieved 8 December 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ Wright, Chris (31 January 2006). "Burnley Youth 0, Liverpool Youth 3". Liverpool: Daily Post. Retrieved 3 December 2008. 
  4. ^ "Liverpool 0 – Benfica 2: match report". Liverpoolfc.tv (Liverpool F.C.). 8 March 2006. Archived from the original on 8 June 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2008. 
  5. ^ "Wrexham 0 – Liverpool 2: match report". Liverpoolfc.tv (Liverpool F.C.). 15 July 2006. Archived from the original on 27 May 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2008. 
  6. ^ "Reds tie down Anderson". Liverpoolfc.tv (Liverpool F.C.). 2 July 2008. Archived from the original on 28 July 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2008. 
  7. ^ "Scotland Player of Year". swanseacity.co.uk (Swansea City A.F.C.). 1 May 2008. Retrieved 2 December 2008. 
  8. ^ Wood, Blair (25 June 2008). "Martinez fighting to keep Anderson at Swans". Walesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 3 December 2008. 
  9. ^ Blanche, Phil (26 June 2008). "Swans target Anderson joins Forest". Wales Online. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Anderson set for Forest". Liverpoolfc.tv (Liverpool F.C.). 28 June 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2008. [dead link]
  11. ^ "QPR 2 – 1 Nottm Forest". nottinghamforest.co.uk (Nottingham Forest F.C.). 18 October 2008. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Nottm Forest 1–2 Norwich". BBC Sport (BBC). 22 November 2008. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "Anderson Update". nottinghamforest.co.uk (Nottingham Forest F.C.). 24 January 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2009. 
  14. ^ "Championship 2008/09". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "Exclusive: Paul Makes It Three". nottinghamforest.co.uk. Nottingham Forest F.C. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  16. ^ "Forest swoop for Liverpool winger". BBC Sport (BBC). 30 June 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  17. ^ "Breaking news: Nottingham Forest winger Paul Anderson signs for Bristol City". Melton Times. 26 July 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "Nott'm Forest 1–0 Bristol City" BBC Sport. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  19. ^ "Bristol City 3–4 Burnley" BBC Sport. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  20. ^ "Bristol City 4–2 Peterborough" BBC Sport. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  21. ^ "Bristol City 2–0 Watford" BBC Sport. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  22. ^ "Paul Joins Town as JET Departs". Ipswich Town F.C. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  23. ^ "Young Reds trio star for England". Liverpoolfc.tv (Liverpool F.C.). 10 October 2006. Retrieved 8 December 2008. [dead link]
  24. ^ Paul Anderson career stats at Soccerbase
  25. ^ "Paul Anderson". nottinghamforest.co.uk. Nottingham Forest F.C. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 

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