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John Anderson (footballer born 1929)

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Full nameJohn Anderson
Date of birth8 December 1929
Place of birthBarrhead, Scotland
Date of death8 November 1972(age 42)
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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John Anderson (8 December 1929 - 22 August 2001) was a Scottish football goalkeeper.

He was born in Barrhead and began his career with junior side Arthurlie, and moved to Leicester City in December 1948, where he won two Division 2 championships, before moving to Peterborough United for their debut Football League season (1960 61), and later to Nuneaton Borough. On leaving football he set up a painting and decorating business in Leicester.

He won his only cap for Scotland in their final preparation match for the 1954 FIFA World Cup Finals against Finland. Although named in the finals squad as understudy to Fred Martin, he did not travel, as Scotland chose only to take 13 players to Switzerland. Anderson stayed at home on reserve with the likes of Bobby Combe and Jimmy Binning. Inside forward George Hamilton was also on reserve but travelled after Bobby Johnstone withdrew through injury.

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