John Christopher Patrick Anderson is a former Irish international footballer who played as a defender. His clubs included West Bromwich Albion, Preston North End and Newcastle United.
Anderson was on the books of West Bromwich Albion between 1976 and 1979. Despite playing in 92 reserve team games for the club, he never made a single first team appearance for the club in a major competition.
Anderson signed for Newcastle United in 1982 on a free transfer from Preston North End. His signing was low key due to the fact that the club had recently pulled off a major coup in signing England captain Kevin Keegan. A very versatile player, Anderson made his debut in the 2–1 win at Blackburn Rovers on September 1, 1982.
In 1983–84, Anderson played in one of the most entertaining sides in Newcastle United's history as the club scored 85 goals and gained promotion back to the top flight, in a side that featured Chris Waddle, Peter Beardsley, Kevin Keegan and Terry McDermott. Anderson played in 41 of the 42 league matches that season. He was given a testimonial by the club in 1992 after 10 years as a Newcastle United player, during which time he made 334 appearances and scored 15 goals. One of his goals was a 25-yard free kick in a game at Vicarage Road in the early 1990s against Watford.
Anderson represented the Republic of Ireland at schoolboy, youth and under-21 levels.He also won 16 caps for the full team and was in the squad for the 1988 European Championship finals, although he was an unused substitute for all of the 3 Group B matches. He missed out on going to the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.
Anderson retired from playing football in 1992.He was a always a fan's favourite at St James' Park and he is regularly asked to come to the club for ex-players' events. He also works as a summariser on Newcastle games for BBC Radio Newcastle.
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