Paul Anderson (footballer)
|Full name||Paul Anderson|
|Date of birth||23 July 1988|
|Place of birth||Leicester, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|West Bromwich Albion|
|2007–2008||→ Swansea City (loan)||31||(7)|
|2008–2009||→ Nottingham Forest (loan)||26||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:13, 18 August 2015 (UTC).
Paul Anderson (born 23 July 1988) is an English professional footballer who plays for Bradford City. He plays primarily as a winger and can operate on either flank. He is a former England U19 international.
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. In 2015 he moved to Bradford City.
Born in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, Anderson attended Brownlow County Primary School, then John Ferneley 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.
On 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.
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. On 15 July 2006, Anderson made a memorable debut for the Liverpool's first team in a pre-season friendly against Wrexham. 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.
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 scoring 10 goals in all competitions. Swansea manager Roberto Martínez expressed his desire to sign the winger on a permanent basis. Swansea faced competition for the player from Nottingham Forest who were also understood to be interested in the player.
On 26 June 2008 it was announced that Anderson was to join Forest on a season-long loan. After suffering with injury, Anderson eventually made his Forest debut against Queens Park Rangers on 18 October 2008. He scored his first goal for the club in November, in the 2–1 home defeat against Norwich City. 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. He returned only four weeks later, and helped Forest secure Championship status, finishing 19th.
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.
Anderson signed for Bristol City on 26 July 2012 on a two-year deal. He made his debut on 18 August in a 1–0 defeat against his former club Nottingham Forest. He scored his first goal for the club on 23 October in a 4–3 defeat against Burnley. He scored his second goal for the club on 29 December in a 4–2 win against Peterborough United. He scored his third goal of the season on 29 January in a 2–0 win at home to Watford.
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). During the 2014/15 season, Anderson helped Ipswich qualify for The Championship playoffs. Anderson's best moment in an Ipswich shirt came when he scored a crucial equaliser against bitter rivals Norwich City in the first leg of the semi finals. Prompting Town fan Ross Morgan to punch a hole in his ceiling during celebrations. Anderson kindly offered to foot the bill for the damage caused, which was well received by the Town and many other football fans alike.
After surprisingly being released at the end of the 2014/15 season after Ipswich failed to gain promotion, despite Anderson being top of the clubs assists chart for the 2014/15 season, On 19 May 2015 Ipswich Town fans created a petition for Anderson to be re-signed by the club.
On 1 August 2015, Anderson signed for Bradford City on a two-year deal following his release from Ipswich Town. He made his debut on 8 August appearing as a substitute in a 4–1 defeat against Swindon Town.
- As of match played 18 August 2015.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Swansea City (loan)||2007–08||League One||31||7||3||0||2||1||5||2||41||10|
|Nottingham Forest (loan)||2008–09||Championship||26||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||28||2|
|Bradford City||2015–16||League One||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||4||0|
- FA Youth Cup: 2006
- Swansea City
- "Teenage star to join Reds in January". Liverpoolfc.tv (Liverpool F.C.). 11 November 2005. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
- Wright, Chris (31 January 2006). "Burnley Youth 0, Liverpool Youth 3". Liverpool: Daily Post. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
- "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.
- "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.
- "Reds tie down Anderson". Liverpoolfc.tv (Liverpool F.C.). 2 July 2008. Archived from the original on 28 July 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2008.
- "Scotland Player of Year". swanseacity.co.uk (Swansea City A.F.C.). 1 May 2008. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2008.
- Wood, Blair (25 June 2008). "Martinez fighting to keep Anderson at Swans". Walesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 3 December 2008.
- Blanche, Phil (26 June 2008). "Swans target Anderson joins Forest". Wales Online. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
- "Anderson set for Forest loan". Liverpoolfc.tv (Liverpool F.C.). 1 July 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
- "QPR 2 – 1 Nottm Forest". nottinghamforest.co.uk (Nottingham Forest F.C.). 18 October 2008. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
- "Nottm Forest 1–2 Norwich". BBC Sport (BBC). 22 November 2008. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
- "Anderson Update". nottinghamforest.co.uk (Nottingham Forest F.C.). 24 January 2009. Archived from the original on 27 February 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2009.
- "Championship 2008/09". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
- "Exclusive: Paul Makes It Three". nottinghamforest.co.uk. Nottingham Forest F.C. 30 June 2009. Archived from the original on 27 February 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
- "Forest swoop for Liverpool winger". BBC Sport (BBC). 30 June 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
- "Breaking news: Nottingham Forest winger Paul Anderson signs for Bristol City". Melton Times. 26 July 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
- "Nott'm Forest 1–0 Bristol City" BBC Sport. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
- "Bristol City 3–4 Burnley" BBC Sport. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
- "Bristol City 4–2 Peterborough" BBC Sport. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
- "Bristol City 2–0 Watford" BBC Sport. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- "Paul Joins Town as JET Departs". Ipswich Town F.C. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
- "Paul Anderson to pay for Ipswich v Norwich goal celebration damage". BBC Sport. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- "Ipswich Town fans start petition to keep derby hero Anderson at Portman Road". ITV Sport. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
- "Paul Anderson: Bradford City sign ex-Ipswich Town winger". BBC Sport. 1 August 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Swindon Town 4-1 Bradford City". BBC Sport. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
- "Young Reds trio star for England". Liverpoolfc.tv (Liverpool F.C.). 10 October 2006. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
- "Games played by Paul Anderson in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- "Games played by Paul Anderson in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- "Games played by Paul Anderson in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- "Games played by Paul Anderson in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- "Games played by Paul Anderson in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- "Games played by Paul Anderson in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- "Games played by Paul Anderson in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- "Games played by Paul Anderson in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- "Games played by Paul Anderson in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- Nottingham Forest profile
- Thisisanfield.com player profile
- Liverpool FC profile
- Profile at LFCHistory.net
- Paul Anderson career statistics at Soccerbase