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Derek Addison

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Full nameDerek Addison
Date of birth8 July 1955(age 61)
Place of birthDundee, Scotland
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing positionMidfielder

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Derek Addison (born 8 July 1955 in Dundee) is a Scottish former footballer who played as a midfielder.

A former pupil of Harris Academy, Addison was briefly attached to Hibernian aged 16 before returning to his native Tayside. After a season playing with Junior side Lochee United he signed for Jim McLean's Dundee United. Considered part of the club's move towards home-grown players, he broke into the first team at the same time as John Holt and Ray Stewart and Billy Kirkwood. However, he was unable to establish himself as a regular in the side: in his eight seasons at Tannadice he only once made more than twenty league starts.

Addison signed for recently-relegated Hearts in September 1981, along with former international striker Willie Pettigrew, in a deal worth almost £200,000.

Although he enjoyed a prominent first team role for the first time, the size of his transfer fee coupled with a failure to gain instant promotion had led to financial problems at Hearts, necessitating his sale after only one season. Fellow First Division side St Johnstone paid £65,000 for his services in 1982 and he made 113 competitive appearances for the Perth side in 4 seasons. He attained a player-coach role with the Saints in 1985 but left the club a year later.

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