Ex-star spotlight: John Anderson.

When I think of my favourite Toon stars of my lifetime, the same faces always spring to mind.

Most of them come from ‘The Entertainers’ era and moved on to rival Premier League clubs which slightly tarnished the memory. I hated seeing Nolberto Solano, David Ginola and Les Ferdinand strutting their stuff at other clubs in England as they were living and breathing Toon legends to me at the time.

One man who didn’t leave a bitter taste in the mouth of Toon fans was the Irishman – John Anderson.

‘Ando’ – as he was affectionately known by the fans – is the player that I have always tried to model myself on whilst on the field. He was a tenacious right back who took no prisoners and I just wish our squad had even half of his fight within them.

Ando came to us on a free transfer in 1982 and ended up making almost 300 league appearances (including 14 goals) in his 10 year tenure….. Bargain!

When Anderson joined the club, it wasn’t to fanfare and wild celebrations in the street as everyone was just recovering from celebrating the signing of a certain King Kev and Anderson was pretty much an unknown from Preston North End

The reason I mentioned The Entertainers earlier is because a lot of people would argue that Ginola and Co were ‘The Entertainers Mk II’.

Ando was part of one of the most entertaining teams in the clubs history featuring Keegan, Waddle, Pedro and Terry Mac. In his first full season, Ando was ever present (bar one game) as the Toon scored a bucket load of goals and gained promotion back into the top flight.

It wasn’t all plain sailing and roses though, a bit like recent history to be honest, as Ando and Newcastle faced relegation 5 years later in 1989. Unlike modern day footballers, Anderson would turn up and give his all, rain or shine, promotion or relegation, black or white.

He optimised everything that we love about our players on Tyneside. Passionate, honest and bled for the club whilst having a ‘never say die’ attitude.

After hanging up his playing boots and receiving a testimonial for 10 years service to the club, John Anderson then joined the Newcastle United coaching staff briefly and has stayed on Tyneside where he pipes up with his views regarding goings on at the club on a regular basis.

I wish I had seen more of Anderson in his playing days yet I was too young, so would be interested in hearing any memories other fans have of Ando’s playing career.


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50 thoughts on “Ex-star spotlight: John Anderson.

  1. I’m too young to remember him playing but heard he was a great player but makes a cracking co-commentator 😉

    Also congrats toonsy 🙂


  2. Been digging for that story about these two players that we’ve got sorted. Can’t find owt anywhere ❓


  3. TOONSY well done m8,nee fear for steady men 😉

    seen him play many many times,nee world class full back like,but i liked him,why;he gave 100% on the pitch and was never in bother off it,seen him “done”on pitch,but they never “done”him twice 😉 quick learner


  4. I vaguely remember that he wasn’t to be messed with. He wasn’t a dirty player, but he did play tough. To be fair though, I was busy watching Gazza et all do their stuff up front as I was only in the single digit age bracket and the only thing that matters is how goals go in 😆


  5. Ice – Apparently I have an eye squint, which is why I nearly failed. First I’ve heard. I always thought my eyes were good. I mean I did read the entire chart with both eyes so they can’t be that bad surely???

    Must be all that tugging I do 😉

    Thought I’d get that in before someone else does 😉


  6. Ice 😆

    Honestly I felt like clobbering the doctor. My blood pressure is a little high, I have googly eyes, like a chameleon apparently, then I was cross eyed then he asked if I’d taken any heroin 😯

    I mean there is thorough, and there is making people feel like shit 😆


  7. I wouldn’t mind but he was nee oil painting himself like, and it was him who had to pour my piss into different containers. Scummer 😆


  8. With any luck the two internationals will be Fatih Terim as the new manager and wor Al coming back to learn from him…


  9. Whoa Johnny Johnny, Johnny johnny johnny johnny Anderson 😆
    …not the best RB ever but not many with a bigger heart, great player.


  10. I had you old codgers in mind when I wrote it rich 😉
    Was more for you guys with the long memories than anything 😀


  11. cheeky sod 😆
    I’ve only seen him on video, way before my time………I wish.
    Nearly put him for my avatar the other week but opted for Davey Mac instead.




  13. Good luck their Army. I’m sure it will all turn out fine. Doctors can do some amazing sh-t these days with newborns


  14. Anyone know if Collo or Jonas made the Argie squad for this weekend? I can’t seem to find mention of it anywhere…


  15. 😆 Tugger Toonsy 😆
    Re Ando I thought he was a good player with a big Heart and always gave 100% 😉 we could do with a few of his type now


  16. Tue 19 April 19:45,
    but i think there may be a chance it could change again , if they progress in more cups ,


  17. This is how I would sum up Ando,
    A poor man’s Stuart Pearce, with a heart as big as a frying pan.
    He would run through brick walls for the cause and was never any bother (off field).
    A decent though not outstanding player, but nevereless highly respected, 😀


  18. Ando, has been a personal friend of mine for 27 years now. I saw him play on a number of occasions and he never gave less than 100% in the Black and White jersey. He will always be remembered on Tyneside as a Legend.
    There was only Ando!


  19. I had the pleasure of playing and training with John for two years at west brom great lad had loads of fun


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