Player #523

Appearances:

266

Starts:

264

Goals:

44

Seasons:

7

Willie Anderson
Willie Anderson

Source: Football card #19 Willie Anderson issued by IPC Comics under the My Favourite Soccer Stars 1970 series.

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Willie Anderson
Willie Anderson

Source: Football card #19 Willie Anderson issued by IPC Comics under the My Favourite Soccer Stars 1970 series.

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Willie Anderson

Position

Midfielder

From

1966-67

To

1972-73

IMAGE CREDIT

Willie Anderson

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

19
20
21
22
23
24
25

Division

D1
D2
D2
D2
D3
D3
D2

Appearances

266
18
45
43
41
53
48
18

Starts

264
18
45
43
40
53
48
17

Substitute

2
0
0
0
1
0
0
1

Unused

1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0

Goals

44
5
6
6
5
6
15
1

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

FULL SEASON BREAKDOWN

William John Anderson

Birth Date

Friday, 24 January 1947

Birth Place

Liverpool, Merseyside

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Manchester United

From

For

£20,000

On

Sunday, 1 January 1967

Previous Clubs

1964-67 Manchester United |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Cardiff City

For

£60,000

On

February 1973

Subsequent Clubs

1973-77 Cardiff City |
1975 Portland Timbers, NASL (L) |
1977-1982 Portland Timbers, NASL |

Willie Anderson
Willie Anderson

Source: Football card #19 Willie Anderson issued by IPC Comics under the My Favourite Soccer Stars 1970 series.

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Willie Anderson
Willie Anderson

Source: Football card #19 Willie Anderson issued by IPC Comics under the My Favourite Soccer Stars 1970 series.

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

1969-73 Aston Villa, £20k, 264 (2) | 44 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

Dick Taylor |
Tommy Cummings |
Tommy Docherty |
Vic Crowe |

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 21 January 1967

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 21 January 1967

Chelsea (a), Division One

DEBUT

First Goal

Saturday, 4 March 1967

Final Appearance

Saturday, 13 January 1973

Everton (a), FA Cup

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Saturday, 13 January 1973

Honours

1971-72 Third Division Champions

Height

Foot

International Team

Not selected

Willie Anderson

Player #523 for Aston Villa, William John Anderson, known as Willie Anderson, played as a midfielder for the club. Willie played for Villa between 1966-67 and 1972-73 making 285 appearances and scoring 44 goals.

Willie was born in Liverpool on 24 January 1947 and made his debut appearance for Villa on Saturday, 21 January 1967 at the age of 20.

Villa had signed Willie from Manchester United on 1 January 1967 for a fee of £20,000

Although Manchester United manager Matt Busby rated Willie and offered him the chance to remain with the club, but as deputy to George Best, Willie preferred to leave in order to find first team football with Villa.

A dangerous winger, he was a good supplier of chances for his fellow forwards and scored a fair sprinkling of goals for himself becoming virtually ever present for Villa over six years.

Willie therefore got his wish for football with Villa but he suffered relegation in 1966–67, and could only finish 16th and 18th in the Second Division in 1967–68 and 1968–69. Worse was to come with a 21st placed finish in 1969-70 seeing Villa relegated to the Third Division for the first time in their history - despite Willie scoring 5 from midfield.

Better times were to come and after helping Villa to runners up in the League Cup in 1970-71 with 2 goals in 10 appearances, he helped Villa win promotion during the 1971–72 season, scoring a career high fifteen goals in all competitions with eight coming from penalties, helping him gain a reputation as a penalty taker specialist.

Willie became one of the fans’ favourites during the most troubled period of the club’s history.

Willie’s final game for Villa came on Saturday, 13 January 1973 - aged just 25 - and he moved on to Cardiff City on 1 February 1973 for a handsome fee of £60,000.

During his time with Villa, Willie had played under managers Dick Taylor, Tommy Cummings, and Tommy Docherty and Vic Crowe.