Benjamin Cummings Anderson
6'0" 12 st.3lb.
b. Aberdeen 18 February 1946
Debut 6 February 1965 (18y 353d) Final Game 11 May 1968 (22y 83d)
First Goal 6 February 1965 Final Goal 23 September 1967
CAREER: Peterlee Jnrs;Blackburn Rovers Mar'64;Bury Jul'68 (£10,000)[51+2-4];Cape Town City (South Africa)'70;Crystal Palace Nov'73-Jun'74[11-1];Cape Town City (South Africa)'74-'79;Camps Bay (South Africa).
HONOURS SA NFL Ch (Cape Town City) ’73,’76.SAC ’70,’71.
South African Foreign player of the Year ’71.
FL 21 + 7 apps 7 gls 17 ns
FAC 3 ns
Total 21 + 7 apps 7 gls + 228m 20 ns (1 gl as sub)
LC 7 apps 2 gls
ig Ben was signed from junior football in the North-East and placed immediately in the reserve team at left half. His impressive physique was put to good use and he made a surprisingly early debut, nominally on the left wing but dropping deep to cover the flank. A talent for goal scoring emerged immediately and the following season his introduction as substitute at Anfield added another goal. In 1967 he was moved to centre half but before he could settle was converted to centre forward. Although his strike rate was good his lack of technique showed and he drifted out of the team. Never harnessing his talents he emigrated to South Africa where he spent four years before returning to team up again with Frank Large at Crystal Palace but returned to Cape Town for two more seasons. The South African league at the time went largely unnoticed but Anderson was remembered by the Manchester United goalkeeper, Gary Bailey, as one of the great players in the league and was voted Foreign Player of the Year in 1971. He remained in Cape Town and became sports master at the Herzia Weizmann School.