ijah anderson - fact file
1992 - 1994 midfield/defender
FULL NAME : IJAH MASSAI ANDERSON
Born on 30th December 1975 in Hackney, East London, England.
Height : 1.73 m (5' 8")
Weight : kgs (-st -lbs)
Joined Spurs as a youngster in 1992 and played through the youth ranks as a midfielder, but failed to make the step up to the first team.
A nippy defender, who went to Brentford under Steve Perryman and became a regular in the Bees side and liked to attack from his full back position. Suffering a broken leg in training in 1997 saw him lose almost a year's playing time, with a thigh injury in 1999-2000 lost another three months and starting the first game of 2000-2001 at home to Northampton Town in the centre back position, a knee ligament injury put paid to his season. It was difficult for him on his return to fitness after rehabilitation, as others had jumped into his position, so he had a loan spell away from the club at Wycombe Wanderers (ending with a thigh strain) before the Bees agreed to his transfer request in July 2002. That saw him move to Bristol Rovers where he moved initially on loan, but stayed on a permanent deal for two years before he went on the transfer list in May 2004 before his contract was cancelled six months later,
Anderson impressed Swansea City enough to sign him in 2004, initially on a monthly contract, but despite signing a longer deal, he was not a regular at the club and then he tested positive for cocaine use in November 2005 and was banned for six months, despite claiming his drink had been spiked. This led to the Welsh club sacking Ijah in January 2006 and he dropped down into non-league and went to play at Lewes, but after four matches he was released from his contract. On 31st October 2008 he was released by Bromley, but also played for Harlow Town.
Ijah had mixed emotions with play-offs at Brentford, winning a virtual Third Division play-off last day game with Cambridge United, with the winner going up, which Brentford did with a 1-0 win to take the league title. He had lost out in the 1997 Second Division play-off and then in 2002 suffered heartbreak again, this time at the hands of Stoke City. However, this was balanced out by winning the Third Division title with them in 1998-99 and he also had joy with Swansea City, helping them into Division One in 2005 as well as winning the FAW Premier Cup the same season.
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|What they said about Darren Anderton|
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|What Darren Anderton said about ...|
... the use of faith healer Eileen Drewery by Glenn Hoddle ... 20.10.2007 (Daily Mirror)
"People used Eileen as a stick to beat him with, which was unfair on her because she didn't do anybody any harm and helped me. She's one of the reasons I'm still going.
My hamstring turned to rock after the first day of pre-season training at Tottenham, and I knew I was struggling. Glenn read about it on holiday, rang me up from his sun lounger and gave me the phone number of a lady who might be able to help."
... about Glenn Hoddle as England manager ... 20.10.2007 (Daily Mirror)
"Glenn had his detractors towards the end, but tactically he was spot-on. In terms of keeping the ball, creating chances and outplay gifted opponents like Argentina, he was a fantastic coach. It was an enjoyable team to play in, enjoyable to watch and I wouldn't be surprised if Glenn got the job again one day. He was innovative and having played under him for Tottenham and England, I would say he was better suited to international football than club management."
... the "Sicknote" nickname ... 20.10.2007 (Daily Mirror)
"You would sign an autograph for somebody, they would say 'Thanks Sicknote" and I would just think 'What a nugget.' but I know how many games I have played and you have to laugh about it."
... the winning goal in his last game for Bournemouth ... 18.01.2009 (THFC programme)
"For me to finish with the winning goal was brilliant. To go out with a bang is a great feeling and it's nice that that will be the last thing that people see."
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