John Anderson Biography
John Anderson began his career at West Bromwich Albion in 1976. After making a number of reserve appearances for the Birmingham club, he was sold to Preston North End without playing a competitive game at the Hawthorns.
Anderson made his International debut for the Republic of Ireland in October 1979, having represented his country at schoolboy, youth and under 21 Levels. He scored his only international goal against the USA in what was only his second game for Ireland.
The defender spent 3 years at Preston before being signed by Arthur Cox for Newcastle United in 1982. Signing for the Tyneside club at the same time as Kevin Keegan, he joined a squad featuring the likes of Chris Waddle and Terry McDermott. In the 1983-84, he played a pivotal role in helping Newcastle win promotion from the Second Division.
In 1992, John was given a testimonial match after 10 years, 337 games and 14 goals with the Magpies. Since retiring from football, John does radio work covering Newcastle matches for BBC Radio Newcastle.
He also does work for Show Racism the Red Card, attending educational events and delivering workshops to young people across the North East.
In 2017, during the game of Newcastle United against Aston Villa, Anderson received his Hall of Fame award from Fellow SRtRC coach Olivier Bernard and Former Newcastle teammates David Kelly and John Beresford.