Christopher Shelly Anderson
b. Rosie, Fife 28 January 1928
d. Derby 20 July 1996
Debut 18 November 1950 (22y 294d) Final Game 19 April 1952 (24y 82d)
First Goal 25 April 1951
CAREER: Lochore Welfare;Blackburn Rovers Aug'50 (£150);Kidderminster Harriers;Nelson Feb'53;Stockport County Jun'53;Southport Jul'54;Lion Brewery Nov'55;Blackburn West Oct'56;Witton Athletic ’57;Highfield Athletic.
FL 13 apps 1 gl
LC 4 apps
There was never a doubt that Anderson could dribble a football. An outstanding trial took him into the reserves where he quickly performed the feat that made him an Ewood legend. Losing his chewing gum he retraced his steps with the ball under control and retrieved it, retaining possession the whole time. When he demoralised Manchester City on his debut spectators detected a second Stanley Matthews. The reality was that he was a maverick who liked the high life and had no discipline. Sent back into non-league football he resurrected his career at Stockport and Southport and once again squandered it. Back in Blackburn he worked at Lion Brewery, playing locally as a permit player until an incident with a referee all but terminated his career. He was licensee of the George and Dragon and the XL Hotel in Garstang. In 1963 he drove in the Monte Carlo Rally but crashed out. He died in an old people's home in Derby where he had a foot amputated because of gangrene.