Name: Harry Anderson
Born: 9 January 1997 Chertsey
Former Club: Peterborough
2016/17 Appearances 15 (13) Goals 6
2017/18 Appearances 31 (19) Goals 7
2018/19 Appearances 47 (4) Goals 7
2019/20 Appearances 30 (7) Goals 7
2020/21 Appearances 23 (16) Goals 6
Harry Anderson began his youth career with Crawley Town, but spent just a year with them before their youth team was disbanded. That saw him snapped up by Peterborough United, with whom he signed his first professional deal in 2015.
He made his debut for Posh as an 81st-minute sub in their 2-0 win against Bradford on February 28, 2015, in the same team as Michael Bostwick and opposite future Imps Billy Knott and Alan Sheehan. After a handful of outings from the bench, he made his full debut away at Scunthorpe United, a game in which Theo Robinson scored for the home side.
After 17 appearances in total, he moved to National League side Braintree Town on loan, appearing twice for them under Danny and Nicky Cowley. They left Cressing Road in the summer but went back to Peterborough for Anderson when they arrived at Sincil Bank.
Anderson made his Lincoln City debut in a 1-0 defeat away at Dagenham on Aug 16 2016 and made his first start for the club four days later as we beat Southport 4-0 at Sincil bank. One week after that he scored his first goal in Lincoln City colours as we beat Macclesfield Town 2-1. He became an integral part of the side that was pushing for promotion from the National League, scoring goals away at Wrexham, Bromley and Chester, before his loan move concluded with a final appearance at home against Tranmere.
Anderson appeared once for Peterborough after returning to London Road, coming on as a sub as they lost 2-1 at home to Michael Appleton’s Oxford, before making a surprise return to Sincil Bank. He made his second debut against Forest Green, a game we won 3-1, and he played an even more crucial role in the run in. He scored the winning goal at home against Chester City on April 11 2017, and a crucial equaliser against Torquay United on Good Friday, a game we went on to win 2-1.
There was much surprise the following season when, on the same day, Harry Anderson and Michael Bostwick completed moves to Sincil Bank for an undisclosed fee, thought to have been in the region of £150,000. Anderson quickly settled back at Lincoln, making his third debut away at Rotherham in the League Cup. He was an instant success back at the Bank, scoring away at Forest Green, Notts County and Crewe (twice) as well as in home ties with Barnet and Stevenage. He was sent off on New Year’s Day away at Luton Town in a game that the Imps lost 4-2, but returned with a satisfying late goal in the EFL Trophy against his old side. He came on as a substitute in the EFL Trophy Final against Shrewsbury and started both of our play-off matches against Exeter City.
In the title-winning season, Anderson played 51 times in all competitions, scoring seven goals including three in three matches against Morecambe (3-1), Newport (3-2) and Crewe (2-1). He was sent off for a second time in his Lincoln City career on February 9 2019 the 1-1 draw with Northampton, and he didn’t score at all in the final five months of the season. He was still a key part of the squad and started the final game of the season which we lost 3-0 against Colchester, but after which we were presented with the League Two Trophy.
Anderson started the League One season by penning a new long term deal with the club and celebrated with goals away in early fixtures against Rotherham and Huddersfield EFL Cup. He then added a sensational early opener against Everton in the League Cup on Aug 28. That was the last goal he scored under the Cowleys, but when Michael Appleton came in Anderson kept his place in the squad.
He scored his first goal for Appleton in the 2-0 away win at Burton on December 7 2019, and scored again as we routed Ipswich 5-3 just after Christmas. He was on the score sheet twice more that season, in the 5-1 thrashing of Bolton and in the dismal 2-1 defeat away at Southend, when his goal looked to have secured us a point.
By now Lincoln’s longest-serving player, Anderson started the 2021 season in good form scoring in the EFL Trophy against Scunthorpe United. He became a key part of Michael Appleton’s swashbuckling squad, impressing with several significant performances including the 1-0 win away at Crewe, where he snatched the only goal of the game. That was a goal that helped him to be named Stacey West Player of the Month for November.
On Boxing Day, he carried on his good form against Burton by scoring as we won 5-1, but was then ruled out for a period with Covid. Since returning to fitness, he struggled to impress himself upon the team, although he did grab the only Imps goal at the KCom as we drew 1-1 with Hull City.
He was ruled out injured after City beat Gillingham 3-0, missing up to six weeks of the season, returning as we lost 2-1 to Oxford. A week later, on April 10th, he made his 200th appearance for the Imps as a half time substitute for Max Sanders, capping the achievement with the cross which led to the first of City’s two goals against Blackpool.
On June 4th 2021, it was announced Harry Anderson would leave the club with his contract not being renewed.