Harry Anderson‘s appearance from the bench yesterday saw him rack up his 200th appearance for the club.
24-year-old Anderson has been around since the days of the National League and is in his third spell with City. He initially joined on loan early in the 2016/17 campaign, returning to Peterborough before joining for a second time on loan in the run-in. That summer, he made his final move to the imps, joining on the same day as Michael Bostwick for a combined fee which was thought to break the previous club record.
Since then, the likeable right-winger has appeared 200 times, scoring 32 times including five this season. He is one of only a couple of Imps to appear at three different levels at Sincil Bank, as well as scoring in three different divisions. The last player to achieve that feat was John McGinley, back in the late eighties. However, McGinley achieved his feat whilst the club were on the slide, making Harry Anderson unique in Imps’ circles as the only player to play in, and score in three different divisions starting at the lowest point and heading up.
The 200th outing has been a while coming for Harry. In the 22 matches we have played in 2021, injury has restricted him to just six outings, but he finally made it yesterday and celebrated with an assist of sorts. His cross was palmed out by Chris Maxwell, only for Anthony Scully to seize on it and give us a lifeline to get back into the game. The stats people might not consider it an assist, but anyone watching will. Officially, according to Wyscout at least, he has 18 assists during his Imps career, but has had a hand in far more goals than that.
Is he a legend? He is probably the most decorated Imps player with two league titles and the EFL Trophy triumph, and I doubt very much any other player has appeared for the Imps whilst top of three different divisions, so he certainly has to be up there. The fascinating aspect of his career is his tender age – he has played more professional matches than Adam Jackson, for instance, and yet is still young and learning. This season, he started well, won the second Stacey West Player of the Month award and has proven himself to be more than comfortable in League One.
It got me thinking about other members of the 200 club, players that almost made it and players who he now has to reel in. On the next page we’ll look at the players on either side of Harry Anderson in terms of appearances.
Before we do, everyone connected with the site would like to congratulate him on his achievement and obviously, raise a glass to the next century!