Players - Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson
Birthdate: 23 July 1988
Birthplace: Leicester, England
Other clubs: Swansea City (loan 2007-08), Nottingham Forest (loan 2008-09), Nottingham Forest (2009-12), Bristol City (2012-13), Ipswich Town (2013-15), Bradford City (2015-16), Northampton Town (2016-17), Mansfield Town (2017-19), Plymouth Argyle (2019), Northampton Town (2019-20), Melton Town (2021-)
Bought from: Hull City (youth)
Signed for LFC: Exchange for Welsh, 01.01.2006
Contract expiry: 30.06.2009
League games / goals: 0 / 0
Total games / goals: 0 / 0

Player Profile

Anderson was a promising winger with good work-rate and pace when he came in exchange for John Welsh from Hull on New Years' Day 2006. Anderson was released by WBA as an under-16 player and wrote to Hull for a trial. After impressing at Tigers' academy Rafa Benítez snapped him up. Anderson was a key player in the Liverpool u-18 team that won the 2006 FA Youth Cup. He was loaned out to Swansea in the 2007/08 season where he scored seven goals when Swansea were promoted to the Championship and was voted the club's Young Player of the Year. Anderson was on loan at Nottingham Forest, who had been promoted alongside Swansea, in the 2008/09 season. He appeared in 28 of Forest's first-team matches, scoring two goals, but received a very nasty injury during an FA Cup-tie with Derby County in January 2009, breaking an arm and dislocating a wrist. But Forest liked what they saw of the player who had helped them battle successfully against relegation. Swansea were also interested and the two clubs made similar bids of around £250,000. In the end it was the East Midlands club that secured Anderson on a three-year contract on the last day of June 2009.

Anderson played in 39 Championship matches for Nottingham Forest in 2009/10 including both legs of the end-of-season play-off semi-final with Blackpool, which Forest lost 6-4 on aggregate. Anderson made a similar contribution in the following campaign as Forest again reached the end-of-season play-offs, but were beaten by Swansea on aggregate at the semi-final stage. Ironic, given that Anderson preferred Forest over the up-and-coming Swansea. Following Billy Davies' departure, Anderson felt new boss, Steve Cotterill, didn't believe in him as an out-and-out winger and he only appeared in 16 championship matches for Forest in 2011/12, partly due to injury. The East Midlands club had a difficult season but eventually recovered to finish in nineteenth. Anderson wasn't offered a new deal and joined Bristol City on a free transfer in August 2012.

Anderson made thirty first-team appearances for Bristol City in the 2012/13 season, scoring three times. He signed a two-year contract with Ipswich Town during the summer transfer-window of 2013 and when that expired dropped a division to League One, joining Bradford City. He was released in the summer of 2016 and then joined Northampton Town in League One. After a season there he dropped down a division again, joining Mansfield Town where he was a regular, but put up for sale at the end of the campaign. No offers were forthcoming and after failing to make a single appearance in the first half of the 2018-19 season, his contract was terminated by mutual consent on 31st January 2019. He signed  a short term contract with Plymouth but was limited to just four substitute appearances.

After being without a club at the start of 2019/20, he agreed to rejoin former club Northampton in October 2019. He made eighteen League Two appearances in a season that was curtailed due to Covid 19. Northampton finished in the play off positions on points per game and Anderson came on as a late substitute in the 4-0 victory to Exeter in final at Wembley, his first appearance at the national stadium. However a few days later he was advised that he would not be offered a new deal and he was without a club when the 2020/21 season began.  He set himself up as a private football coach in Leicestershire and joined non league Melton Town for 2021-22, who were competing in the United Counties League Premier Division North, part of English football's ninth tier. 

Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005-2006 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006-2007 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Total Started/substitutions
0 Started
2 On the bench
0 Substitute
0 Substituted
Related Quotes

"I was definitely up there with the fastest. Not many would beat me in a sprint; Craig Bellamy was probably faster and Mark Gonzales. When I was 13 I could do the 100m in 12 seconds – I’m not sure what time I could do now, but I know I’m faster."

Paul Anderson on his greatest strength

Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Swansea City 2007-2008 England League One 31 7 41 10
Nottingham Forest 2008-2009 England Championship 26 2 28 2
Nottingham Forest 2009-2010 England Championship 37 4 44 5
Nottingham Forest 2010-2011 England Championship 36 3 39 4
Nottingham Forest 2011-2012 England Championship 16 0 19 0
Bristol City 2012-2013 England Championship 29 3 30 3
Ipswich Town 2013-2014 England Championship 31 5 33 5
Ipswich Town 2014-2015 England Championship 36 1 38 2
Bradford City 2015-2016 League One 3 0 4 0
Northampton Town 2016-2017 League One 39 6 42 7
Mansfield Town 2017-2018 League Two 33 1 40 1
Plymouth Argyle 2018-2019 League One 4 0 4 0
Northampton Town 2019-2020 League Two 18 1 25 1
Melton Town 2021-2022 United Counties League (9) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 339 33 387 40