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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: 1 Cap (1906).

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
-
-
Portadown
-
Dec-08
-
-
-
-
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.

In December 1908 Anderson signed with Portadown, where he played in their 1909/10 Mid Ulster Cup win. He remained with Portadown until at least September 1910.

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


Summary:
1/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 2.

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


(In May 1910 another half-back called William Anderson signed for Linfield from Belfast Celtic, playing 22 games over two seasons. He represented the Irish League against the Football League in October 1910. These two different players have caused some confusion in the record books!)

1 comment:

T_Clydesdale said...

I think there may be two different Andersons here. WJS Anderson signed for Portadown in December 1908 winning a Mid-Ulster Cup winners medal in 1909-10. He was still at Portadown in September 1910. In May 1910 Linfield signed another half back called Anderson from Belfast Celtic

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