Norwich City top 100 appearances – Terry Anderson (27): Tragic story of former Arsenal and Canaries winger who featured on first ever Match of the Day

PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:23 14 June 2017

Terry Anderson scores at Portman Road in a 2-1 win in August 1972, Norwich City's first ever victory in the top flight. Picture: Archant Library

Terry Anderson scores at Portman Road in a 2-1 win in August 1972, Norwich City's first ever victory in the top flight. Picture: Archant Library

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Terry Anderson (27)

Terry Anderson, a former Arsenal winger, who joined Norwich for £15,000 in February 1965. Picture from 1972-73 season. Picture: PATerry Anderson, a former Arsenal winger, who joined Norwich for £15,000 in February 1965. Picture from 1972-73 season. Picture: PA

279 appearances, 19 goals

There was a tragic end to the career of right winger Terry Anderson, who was part of the Norwich squad which was promoted to the top flight for the first time in the club’s history in 1972.

Anderson went out on a training run in the Great Yarmouth area in January 1980 and was found drowned a week later, at the age of 35.

Before that sad, early end to his life, the Woking-born winger had spent over eight years of his career with the Canaries but started out with Arsenal.

As a skilful youngster with England youth caps he signed professional terms with the Gunners in 1961 and made his debut in March 1963, in a 4-0 win over West Ham.

Across all levels Anderson clocked up an impressive 128 goals in 256 games but he was predominantly a reserve player, scoring seven of those in 26 matches for the first team.

One of those was the first ever match broadcast by Match of the Day, a 3-2 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on August 22, 1964.

He was allowed to join Norwich in February 1965 shortly ahead of his 21st birthday and made his debut soon after in a 3-0 home win over Plymouth Argyle in the Second Division, scoring in his next appearance as Ron Ashman’s side were beaten 5-2 at Bolton Wanderers.

Anderson remained a regular and made 34 appearances as the Second Division title was won in 1972, before going on to enjoy his best goal return in City’s first ever season in the First Division, scoring four in 34 matches as relegation was narrowly avoided.

Also started every match of the run to the League Cup final in 1972-73, playing in the Canaries’ first match at Wembley, a 1-0 defeat to Tottenham watched by an estimated 100,000 people.

Made his last appearance in December 1974 though, in a 1-1 home draw with Liverpool, before joining Colchester United on loan and dropping back down to the Third Division in February 1975.

Spent the following summer playing for Baltimore Comets in the USA, before brief spells with Scunthorpe United and Bournemouth, finishing his playing days back at Colchester and making his final appearance in January 1976.

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