Jean-Yves Anis
Jean-Yves Anis
Jean-Yves Anis
● Jean-Yves Anis, 2004 (SNS)

born in the Ivory Coast

Jean-Yves Anis was born on Sunday, 30th November, 1980, in Oumé, Gôh Region.

The 5' 11 (10st 12lbs) defender signed for Gerry Collins's Thistle on Monday, 4th August, 2003 (after a trial period), having most recently been with Chelsea.

Aged 22, he made his debut appearance on Wednesday, 16th July, 2003, in a 6-1 friendly win away to Ayr United.

Jean-Yves scored his only goal for Thistle on Saturday, 26th July, 2003, in a 3-1 friendly win at home to Deveronvale.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 7th May, 2005, in a 1-1 draw at home to Hamilton Academical in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 55 occasions.

Jean-Yves's club-list included Stade Rennais B, Chelsea, Partick Thistle, Ayr United and Clydebank.

Bio Extra

This Ivorian holds a French citizenship and began his career as a youth at Stade Rennais, before moving to English giants Chelsea in 2002. Both Jean-Yves and Andy Ross played with Chelsea Reserves in 2002-03, but neither were offered a new contract and they were both signed by Gerry Collins in the summer of 2003, the latter paving the way for the former.

Right back Jean-Yves first appeared at Somerset Park in a 6-1 win on 16th July 2003. On his debut he went bombing down that right flank to provide a great cross for Stuart Taylor to put Jags 2 up on 22 mins. By all accounts he made a great impression on Gerry Collins and the Jags were looking great that pre-season, winning 5, drawing 1 and playing with some style. 10 day after the Ayr game, Jean-Yves got his first - and only goal - for Thistle in a 3-1 win at home to Deveronvale, atoning for an earlier mistake when he had gifted a goal to Deveronvale. He mistakenly thought Jákup Mikkelsen in goal was coming for a ball, allowing Mark Chisholm to simply strolled past him to score. However, within minutes, he himself broke up to the other end to score, his bouncy angled shot from the corner of the box dragging across the goalie and into the net. That 4 minute spell was a little microcosm of an up-and-down career. Crazier and more inconsistent than Chris Erskine, but had something of that same spirit and you never quite knew what he was going to do next. Could not tackle to save himself, but his pace and tricky footwork allowed him to beat players while breaking up the wing.

Alas, all the pre-season sweetness turned sour in the opening months, as Gerry's Jags were left standing as the only team in Britain without a League win. Jean-Yves experienced back-to-back relegations with Thistle in his two seasons, under Derek Whyte & Gerry Britton in 2003-04 then under Dick Campbell in 2004-05. His contract was not renewed for 2005-06 and he made the switch to Ayr United, also of the 3rd tier at that time. His trajectory was downwards at this point, and he managed only 4 League appearances that term. He dropped down to the Central League Division One for 2006-07, where he played junior football with Clydebank in what was a succesful season in their rebuilding process, gaining promotion to the Super League Division 1. Although described as a "cult hero" at Glenhead Park, in truth he had put on a bit of weight and wasn't reaching his full potential and decided to call it quits at the end of that season.

(WS)



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