Name: Tommy Anderson
Date of Birth: 24th September 1934 (Died 2018)
Place of Birth: Haddington, Scotland
Position: Inside Forward
Signed: October 1965 from Watford
Departed: December 1965 to George Cross (Australia)
Debut: 16th October 1965 v Clyde (1-0)
Final Match: 11th December 1965 v Motherwell (1-4)
Inside forward Tommy Anderson spent a very brief period at Saints in 1965 during a turbulent period at the club as various managers tried and failed to recreate a side capable of meeting the expectations of the support following the fine teams of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.
The Haddington born player had already played for an astonishing 12 clubs in 10 years since starting out on an amateur contract at Hearts, with spells at Falkirk, Queen of the South, Watford (twice), Bournemouth, QPR, Torquay, Stockport, Doncaster, Wrexham, South Melbourne Hellas (thrice) and Barrow, before signing for Saints on a free transfer on the 14th October 1965, making his debut two days later at Shawfield Stadium during a 1-0 win in front of just 1,990 spectators.
Six or so weeks later after just seven matches for Saints, Anderson, who was renowned as being an exceptionally quick player, returned to Australia ‘soccer’ with George Cross but was back in the UK a year later when he signed briefly for Leyton Orient in 1967 and then finished his career with League of Ireland side Limerick who he also managed.
After football, Anderson settled in Australia, working as a journalist in Sydney where he had his own radio show dedicated to football. He passed away in 2018 in his adopted country.