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Iain Anderson
Personal information
Full name Iain William Anderson
Date of birth 23 July 1977 (1977-07-23) (age 32)
Place of birth    Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Preston North End (loan)
Preston North End
Tranmere Rovers (loan)
Grimsby Town
St Mirren
Ross County
Ayr United
Elgin City
70 0(14)

12 00(2)
70 0(11)
07 00(2)
29 00(5)
33 00(3)
11 00(3)
04 00(1)
06 00(1)
National team
Scotland U21

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 20:59, 20 October 2008 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Iain William Anderson (born 23 July 1977 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a footballer who is currently without a club. He most recently played for Clydebank until his release in the summer of 2009. He notably played for Preston North End and Dundee. He plays as a Midfielder. He has been capped over 20 times by Scotland at U-21 level and is renowned for his pace and close control when cutting inside from the left-flank. He has been a scorer of spectacular goals throughout his career but has also struggled with motivation and fitness.


Anderson became the youngest ever scorer in the Scottish Premier League, when he scored with a penalty at the age of 16 for Dundee against Hibernian. His trickery, pace and powerful right foot earned him a move to the French side Toulouse, where he continued his career. In 2000 Anderson was taken on loan by then division 2 side, Preston North End. Anderson scored two goals for the club in his loan period and set many more up for another loan player, Brett Angell. Together, they are widely credited with cementing Preston North End's promotion to division 1 (now known as the Championship.) His successful loan spell earned him a then club record £500,000 permanent move to Preston North End in July 2000, and he scored a number of high quality goals for the club, most notably against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City. Anderson was famed for cutting inside whilst playing on the left-wing and unleashing powerful efforts at goal. He was also useful from set pieces and surprisingly good in the air for a winger.

His time at Preston was marred firstly by injuries and then by a change in manager, which saw Craig Brown replace David Moyes at the helm. Brown did not approve of Anderson's predominantly attacking play, and criticized him for his lack of defensive awareness. It is commonly thought that Anderson became unmotivated under Craig Brown and lost his focus. Despite having a huge amount of natural ability, Iain Anderson never quite fulfilled his potential. On his day he was a world beater but those days came too infrequently. Anderson appeared in a number of high-profile, televised games whilst a Preston North End player. He was involved from the start in Preston North End's infamous victory in the Championship play-offs against Birmingham City (which Preston won following a penalty shootout, a game during which Birmingham City Manager, Trevor Francis, tried to take his players off the pitch in protest at the end the penalties were being taken from). Anderson also set up Richard Cresswell for Preston North End's goal against Chelsea in the FA Cup, whipping in a cross from a free kick, which Cresswell headed past Carlo Cudicini. Consequently he was loaned out to Tranmere Rovers (where he scored on his debut and became very popular with the Tranmere fans), then Grimsby Town. He eventually moved from Preston North End permanently and rejoined his former club, Dundee. His most recent club was St Mirren, however in March 2007 his contract with the club was terminated by mutual consent, due to numerous injuries. He has since played for Ross County Ayr United and Elgin City and more recently Clydebank. He is currently unattached due to personal reasons.

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