Stan Anderson - Q&A

Living now: Doncaster
Born: 1934
Occupation now: Retired


How did you come to join Sunderland?
Played for England Schoolboys, signed amateur in 1950.

How do you remember your Sunderland debut?
Drew 1-1, Tommy Wright missed a penalty in the last few minutes. Fred Hall looked after me during the match.

What was your most memorable match as a Sunderland player?
Norwich vs Sunderland in the FA Cup – a 1-0 win.

And the worst?
Swansea away and Chelsea at home. both matches denied us promotion.

Which do you consider your best goal for Sunderland?
Arsenal at home in the FA Cup, we won 2-1

Who was the best player you player alongside at Sunderland?
Len Shackleton

Who was the best you player against?
Dennis Law

What’s the greatest moment of your playing career?
My first international cap.

Who do you rate as the best manager you player under?
Joe Harvey

What was the funniest incident you recall during a game?
Jimmy Scholar and Billy Elliott clashing in an FA Cup game at Newcastle. They wouldn't get away with it now!

What was the best part of being a professional footballer?
Winning is all-important to spectators who pay good money to watch their team. So winning for the fans is the best feeling.

And the worst?
Just the opposite, letting fans down!

Looking back at your playing career, any regrets?
Didn’t get promotion with Sunderland after so many attempts.

What did you do as your playing career ended?
Became player-coach at Middlesbrough, then managed ‘Boro, AEK Athens, coach at QPR, then manager of Doncaster Rovers and Bolton Wanderers.

What are doing these days?
Playing golf!

What’s the most important thing in your life at present?
My partner, Sue