28 July 2006

Billy Anderson

A star of Linfield's successful side of the late 1890s and early 1900s, William Anderson picked up Irish League and Irish Cup titles as well as four Irish caps...


Name:William John Stewart Anderson
Born:14 February 1877, Holywood
Died:28 April 1938, Portadown
Position:Half-Back
Representative Honours:Ireland: 4 Full Caps (1898-99); Irish League: 2 Caps (1906-10).

Club Honours: (with Linfield) Irish League Champion 1897/98, 1903/04, 1906/07, 1907/08, 1910/11; Irish Cup Winner 1897/98, 1903/04; City Cup Winner 1897/98, 1903/04; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1903/04, 1905/06, 1906/07, Runner-Up 1896/97; Charity Cup Winner 1904/05; (with Cliftonville) Irish Cup Winner 1900/01; City Cup Runner-Up 1900/01; Co. Antrim Shield Runner-Up 1900/01.

Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Linfield
1896/97-1897/98
-
-
*55/0
-
-
Cliftonville
1898/99-1901/02
1898
Amateur
-
-
-
Linfield
1903/04-1907/08
-
-
*133/1
-
-
Linfield
1910/11-1911/12
-
-
*22/0
-
-
TOTALS
£10,000
210/1
-
-
* All domestic games.

Biography:
Winner of four caps for Ireland, all in the right-half position, Billy Anderson played all the games in the 1897/98 Home Nations Championship, and won his final cap the following year against Scotland after moving from Linfield to Cliftonville.

A hard-worker in the middle of the park, Anderson rarely found himself in a goalscoring position. His only goal for Linfield came when he scored the third in a 7-0 win over King's Own Scottish Borderers on 20th February 1904 in an Irish League match. He had already scored for Cliftonville in a 5-0 City Cup win over Belfast Celtic on 15th December 1900.

Northern Ireland Full Cap Details:
1
19-02-1898
Wales
A
W
1-0
BC
(21 years, 5 days)
2
05-03-1898
England
H
L
2-3
BC
3
26-03-1898
Scotland
H
L
0-3
BC
4
25-03-1899
Scotland
A
L
1-9
BC
(22 years, 39 days)

Summary: 4/0. Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 3.

Irish League Match Details:
1
13-10-1906
Football League
H
L
0-6
2
08-10-1910
Football League
H
L
2-6

Summary: 2/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 2.

Additional details by George Glass. Photo kindly forwarded by Billy's grandson, William.

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