Anderson, Vivbyname of Vivian Anderson
(born July 29, 1956, Nottingham, England) professional football (soccer) player and the first person of African descent (his parents were from the West Indies) to play for England's national football team (1978). Anderson, 1.85 metres (6 feet 1 inch) tall, was known as Spider for his long legs and his ability as a defender in cleanly winning balls in skirmishes.
Anderson began his professional football career in 1974 with Nottingham Forest, where, as a fullback, he quickly showed his talent for winning the ball both on the ground and in the air and for supporting in attack. He was a fixture on the talented Forest teams that won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1979 and 1980. In his career, Anderson earned 30 caps for playing on England's national team.
Following 10 outstanding years with Forest, Anderson played for Arsenal (198487), Manchester United (198791), and Sheffield Wednesday (199193); he was a player/manager for Barnsley (199394) and a player/assistant coach for Middlesborough (199497).
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