John L. Anderson
John L. Anderson
John L. Anderson
● John L. Anderson, c.1954 (GRA)

born in Scotland

John Lockhart Anderson was born on Thursday, 5th April, 1928, in Glasgow.

The 5' 9 (10st 12lbs) forward signed for David Meiklejohn's Thistle on Thursday, 1st March, 1951, having most recently been with Benburb.

Aged 23, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 13th October, 1951, in a 2-1 win at home to Stirling Albion in the SFL First Division.

John scored his only goal for Thistle on Saturday, 8th December, 1951, in a 5-2 win at home to Airdrieonians in the SFL First Division.

He played his last game for the club on Monday, 28th April, 1952, in a 0-0 draw away to St Johnstone in a Benefit match, having appeared as a Jag on 13 occasions.

His club-list included Benburb, Partick Thistle, Northampton Town, Exeter City, Dundee, Wrexham, Rochdale and Chester.

John died on Friday, 6th April, 2001, in Aldershot, Hampshire, aged 73.

Bio Extra

Forward John joined Thistle from Benburb in March 1951. His maiden 1st team appearance was against Stirling Albion, a 2-1 home win in the SFL A Division in mid-October 1951. Between 13 October 1951 and 1 January 1952 John played 12 games for the club, all in the SFL A Division. John scored his only goal for the club in front of a 6,000 crowd in a 5-2 home win in the League game against Airdrie. Airdrie were 2-0 up at half time, but a strong second half performance saw the Jags win with goals from Davidson, Walker, Stott, Anderson and Sharp completely turned the game around. Thistle finished the season in 6th place in the 16 team Division.

In the 1953/54 season John played for Northampton Town, having moved from Thistle in June 19 1953. He scored 5 goals in 14 League games for Northampton, before moving to Exeter City in July 1954. The Grecians signed John despite competition from Grimsby Town, Accrington Stanley and Bradford Park Avenue. He didn’t make an impact for the Grecians, and moved onto Dundee, before signing for Wrexham. John enjoyed his spell at Wrexham scoring 30 competitive goals in 116 matches between the seasons 1956/57 to 1961/62.

After short spells at Rochdale and Chester John returned to the Racecourse and became a coach at Wrexham.


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