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WALTER ANDERSON

Full Name: Walter George Anderson (also known as Wattie)

Came from: Woolwich Arsenal   Went to: Deceased

First game: 01 September 1903   Last game: 27 February 1904

Appearances: 38 (38/0)   Goals: 13

Anderson, born in Middlesbrough in 1879, began his career with Darlington and also played for Thornaby Utopians before joining Sheffield United in 1899. After two seasons there he moved to Woolwich Arsenal where he scored ten goals in 28 appearances. He arrived at Home Park in 1903 and was the regular inside-right in Argyle's first professional season.

In February 1904 Anderson contracted pneumonia but carried on playing, ignoring doctors' advice. He collapsed following a game at Fulham and was rushed to a London hospital but died four days later. A memorial fund was set up by the club and a souvenir handbook produced, in which he was described as 'one of the greatest, cleverest and whole-hearted players a club ever commanded'.

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We're grateful to Andy Chapman, Paul Roberts, Steve Rhodes and Mark Lovell for their help in writing GoS-DB's player pen-pictures, and to the PAFC Media Team and Colin Parsons for their help with photos. Thanks also to staff at the National Football Museum, the Scottish Football Museum and ScotlandsPeople for their valuable assistance.

The following publications have been particularly valuable in the research of pen-pictures: Plymouth Argyle, A Complete Record 1903-1989 (Brian Knight, ISBN 0-907969-40-2); Plymouth Argyle, 101 Golden Greats (Andy Riddle, ISBN 1-874287-47-3); Football League Players' Records 1888-1939 (Michael Joyce, ISBN 1-899468-67-6); Football League Players' Records 1946-1988 (Barry Hugman, ISBN 1-85443-020-3) and Plymouth Argyle Football Club Handbooks.

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