15 September 2008

Jim Anderson

Name:
James Henry Anderson

Born:
21 June 1901, Ballymenoch, Castlereagh, Belfast
Died:
17 April 1966, Belfast
Position:
Half-Back
Representative Honours:
Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1924); Irish League: 1 Cap (1924).

Club Honours: (with Distillery) Irish Cup Winner 1924/25; Gold Cup Winner 1924/25, Runner-Up 1923/24; Co. Antrim Shield Runner-Up 1920/21, 1921/22, 1923/24; (with Glentoran) Charity Cup Winner 1928/29 (shared).

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
War-Time
Castlereagh
-
-
-
-
-
-
Distillery
20/21-27/28
Jan-21
-
*211/24
*
*
Glentoran
28/29
1928
-
* 11/ 0
*
*
Dundela
29/30-32/33
May-29
-
-
-
-
TOTALS
-
-
222/24
-
-
* All domestic games.

Biography:
A boiler maker in the Belfast Ship Yard by day, Jim Anderson was the scorer of Distillery's first goal at their new York Park ground on 2nd September 1922 in a 1-0 in over Glentoran. Signed by the Whites from Castlereagh, he made his debut on 29th January 1921 and was an ever-present in the following campaign. In total he played 211 games for Distillery, mainly at left-half though also appeared once as goalkeeper, and won Irish Cup and Gold Cup winner's medals in 1924/25.

The 1924/25 campaign also saw Anderson claim his only major representative honours, featuring for Ireland against South Africa and in an inter-league match against the Football League. He played his final match for Distillery on 18th May 1928 before going on to sign for Glentoran. He spent just a season at the Oval and was far from a regular though he did play in the Charity Cup Final, a 3-3 draw with ex-club Distillery.

Ireland Full Cap Details:
1
24-09-1924
South Africa
H
L
1-2
FR
(23 years, 95 days)

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

Irish League Match Details:
1
11-10-1924
Football League
H
L
0-5


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

All details and picture supplied by George Glass.

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