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George Anderson Squad Index
Information:
1915-16 Squad Number:
1
Position:
Goalkeeper
Date of Birth:
06th June 1887
Birthplace:
Haydon Bridge
Nationality:
English
Height:
5' 10 1/2
Weight:
12st
Signed:
26/05/1914
Career History:
Haydon Bridge FC for 3 seasons
Mickley Colliery Welfare
Sunderland May 1911
Aberdeen 26th May 1914, Contract cancelled - 30th April 1917, Re-registered - 11th August 1919
Dundee (War Guest) - 19th October 1917 to 30th April 1918
Aberdeen Director - appointed 27th August 1937, Temporary Wartime Manager - 21st June 1941 to 18th August 1942
Dundee Manager - 5th May 1944, Retired - 19th July 1954
 
Profile:
Full name: George Albert Anderson.

By Aberdeen's last wartime season (1916-1917) Anderson had established a reputation as a fine goalkeeper who could pull off "clever" saves that often kept his team in matches or ensured that they did not lose as often as the struggling side might have done.

During the First World War, George served in the Royal Artillery then returned to play for the Dons till the end of season 1921/22 with his last first team appearance against Raith Rovers taking place on 3rd of January 1922. His six Pittodrie seasons saw George playing for the first team a total of 213 times.

Anderson was a successful businessman in Aberdeen, with a confectionery business based in the city's Mount Street and served as a town Councillor and magistrate in the City for a number of years. Always fond of his home village, he named his house "Haydon Villa". He joined the Pittodrie board of directors in the 1920's where he remained involved until season 1945/46 when he became Managing Director of Dundee FC.

George Anderson brought considerable success to Dundee in the early 50's, including two League Cup successes and remains a popular legendary figure in their history.

Died - Dundee, 28th May 1956

Senior Aberdeen Debut: show all appearances
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
15/08/1914
Dundee 1-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 27 Start

Appearances
Season League League Cup Scottish Cup Europe Total Other
  App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals
1921-22
25
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
25
0
0
0
0
0
1920-21
38
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
42
0
0
3
0
0
1919-20
42
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
46
0
0
2
0
0
1918-19
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1917-18
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
1916-17
38
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
38
0
0
4
0
0
1915-16
33
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
33
0
0
3
0
0
1914-15
29
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
29
0
0
1
0
0
Totals:
205
0
0
0
0
0
8
0
0
0
0
0
213
0
0
17
0
0
Total Appearances/Goals: 213 0