darren anderton - fact file

1992 - 2004         winger



Born on 3rd March 1972 in Southampton, England.

Position : Midfield/Winger

Height :  1.85m  (6' 1")

Weight :   80 kg  (12st 5lbs)

Signed trainee forms with Portsmouth in 1988 and two years later he turned professional with Pompey.  His senior debut for the Second Division side was as a substitute at home to Cardiff City on 9th October 1990 in the League Cup.  He played a major part of Portsmouth's 1992 FA Cup run and he scored in 1-1 draw against Liverpool in semi-final before the team lost on penalties.

The Cup run brought him to the attention of the nation and he moved to Tottenham in the summer of 1992 for 1.75m.  He also scored the winning goal on his England Under-21 debut in Spain and Anderton made his England senior debut against Denmark in a 1-0 win in March 1994 at Wembley and a year later signed up for four more years with Spurs.

While many Spurs fans regarded him as a player who was too often injured, his loyalty to Tottenham should not be forgotten, as he spurned the attention of Manchester United in 1995 and could easily have left White Hart Lane behind.

His England career developed under Terry Venables and he was a regular in the England side en route to the Euro '96 semi-final before he had to undergo a hernia operation in September of that year.  Injury struck again with two months of the new season missed after sustaining a hamstring injury.

Darren was named in Glenn Hoddle's squad for 1998 World Cup finals.  A target for England's boo-boys, the national press and TV's "experts", "Sicknote" showed that he can still turn it on when he's fit. His goal against Colombia in World Cup 1998 was as good as any he has scored for Tottenham and having missed most of the last two seasons, he finally recovered some fitness and reproduced some of that form for Spurs. We've certainly missed his ability to provide chances for the forwards and his accurate passing, while he also regularly chips in goals from his midfield position. 

His ability to go past opponents may have been diminished by the injuries he has suffered, but his regular presence in a Spurs shirt will be a bonus for all supporters and for Darren himself. He deserves some good fortune after all he has been through. His desire to play in the middle of midfield may be satisfied by Glenn's intentions and if needed he could provide the supply from the right side. His recent  contributions to the team are erratic and while he works hard, the quality of ball to the front men is what is really required of him. Having signed a new contract to keep him at the club for the rest of his career should help him settle down and play for Spurs now.

Darren linked well with Teddy Sheringham, making their corner routine with Teddy moving to the near post to meet Anderton's ball in a trademark move.  His crossing was accurate and his high stepping runs caused defenders problems, as he was happy to cut inside onto his supposed weaker foot.  The athletic ability, despite the mounting injuries showed their worth when he played a major part in the club's winning of the League Cup in 1999, despite being reduced to ten men, with Anderton covering a lot of ground in the team's cause.

At the end of the 1999-2000 season, signing a one year extension to his contract at Tottenham wasn't exactly the level of commitment that fans were looking for, but then he didn't get the salary he wanted either. I still think his best role was out wide (even though he had lost the ability to go past players) rather than in the middle of midfield.

Season 2000-2001 started very well for him.  Pulling out of the England Euro 2000 squad to give himself a rest paid dividends, as he was doing well for Spurs and then got an England recall against France.  Then he was struck down by another injury, which effectively ruled him out for most of the season, although in July 2001, he signed a new four-year deal with Spurs.  He played most of the 2001-2002 season and was one of the more consistent players, being recalled for a friendly for England against Sweden, although he failed to make it to the World Cup.  At this stage of his career, he lacked the ability to go past players as he used to, but could still deliver a good pass/cross.  

At the start of 2002-03, he was being touted to link up with Terry Venables again at Leeds United, with Robbie Keane making the opposite journey to White Hart Lane.  However, Keane arrived and Anderton stayed, even throughout January he was linked to a move to his former club Portsmouth.  Injury hampered his season, but when he did play, he was reasonably effective.

Season 2003-04 started without him, but when he returned to the side, he was energetic and produced some good assists, especially when caretaker boss Pleat introduced the 4-4-2 system, but he did not feature in the plans of new Head Coach Jacques Santini.  Darren left in the summer of 2004 to join Birmingham City on a free transfer before rejoining Glenn Hoddle at Wolverhampton Wanderers, until he was released at the end of the 2005-06 season.  Returned to the South Coast with Bournemouth, where Darren scored a 40 yard free-kick on his debut, hit his first career hat-trick and got sent off just before Christmas.

He enjoyed his time at Bournemouth and became a father figure to some of the younger players there, being appointed as captain of the team by manager Kevin Bond.  The team suffered relegation to League Two at the end of the 2007-08 season and were hit with a big points deduction because they went into administration, so, after 569 games, Darren played the final game of his professional career on 6th December 2008, coming on as a substitute to score the only goal of the game in the 88th minute against Chester City after twenty years in the game.

NICKNAME : "Dazza", "Sicknote", "Shaggy", "Dazzler"

Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Portsmouth (apprentice) Summer 1988 - ??  ?? ??
Portsmouth (professional) February 1990 - 9th October 1990  v Cardiff City (LC) 65 + 2 as a sub 13
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR June 1992 1,750,000 15th August 1992 v Southampton (Premier League) (Away) 389 + 38 as a sub 67
Birmingham City 10th August 2004 Free ??  13 + 11 as a sub 3
Wolverhampton Wanderers 22nd August 2005 Free ??  22 + 4 as a sub 2
Bournemouth 8th September 2006 Free  ..  v Scunthorpe United ?? ??

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
305 League appearances; 37 goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Birmingham City

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Wolverhampton Wanderers
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals

England international
30 full caps (28 starts and 2 as a sub);  7 goals
1 B Cap; ?? goals
12 Under-21 caps; ?? goals
1 Under-19 cap; ?? goals
League Cup winners medal 1998-99  (THFC)

- appearance


Darren's brother Ryan broke a leg playing a trial match for Spurs in March 1993.



Season League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup
1990-91 - Portsmouth 20 1 (0 goals) 1 (0 goals) -
1991-92 - Portsmouth 42 (7 goals) 7 (5 goals) 4 (1 goal) -
1992-93 -THFC 34 (6 goals) 5 (1 goal) 2 (1 goal) -
1993-94 -THFC 37 (6 goals) 3 (0 goals) 5 (0 goals) -
1994-95 -THFC 37 (5 goals) 6 (1 goal) 2 (1 goal) -
1995-96 -THFC 8 (2 goals) - 1 (0 goals) -
1996-97 -THFC 16 (3 goals) - 3 (2 goals) -
1997-98 -THFC 15 (0 goals) - - -
1998-99 -THFC 32 (3 goals) 7 (2 goals) 7 (0 goals) -
1999-2000 -THFC 22 (3 goals) - - -
2000-01 -THFC - - - -
2001-02 -THFC - - - -
2002-03 -THFC - - - -
2003-04 -THFC - - - -



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."

missing Euro 2000 ...  19.08.2000 (THFC programme)

"The decision to pull out of the running for Euro 2000 wasn't made by me as such, I actually gave the decision to the surgeon and went with it.  Naturally, it was a big disappointment but if I have an injury-free time this season it will all be worth it.  It feels good and I've had no problems so far."

playing in a 3-1 win v Ipswich Town on 30.08.1994 ...  08.03.1995 (THFC programme)

"I guess that with five up front it was all or nothing.  It was good fun to play, but we were either outstanding or poor."

about his injury scare in the game against Everton on 05.09.2000 ...  21.10.2000 (THFC programme)

"I couldn't believe it when I felt something go after I crossed the ball in that Everton game.  I thought here we go again because it appeared to be a tear in the groin area and I feared for the worst.  So you can imagine my relief when I was told the great news that it was a different muscle and not a re-occurrence of my old problem."

about new striker Sergei Rebrov ...  21.10.2000 (THFC programme)

"He's a great finisher, is extremely sharp, good on the ball and, for his size, surprisingly good in the air.  If I can give him the ball where he wants it and just let him do his own thing from there on, then I'll be happy to do it because Sergei's going to score a lot of goals for us."

his latest injury ...  17.03.2001 (THFC programme)

"it is a problem with my Achilles, which started giving me trouble during the FA Cup game against Charlton Athletic.  It settled down enough for me to be involved in the next match against Manchester City, but it became too sore during the second half and I had to come off.  I went to see a specialist and a scan revealed that there was some damage.  I was told to rest it, which is basically what I have done for the last few weeks.  In fact, the main 'treatment' is coming along, but progress is slower than I would have liked.  I hope to be back training within a couple  of weeks and playing games after that."

on contending with injuries ...  17.03.2001 (THFC programme)

"No, it doesn't (get easier).  I know it's all part of football and I must try to get on with it.  But sometimes, like now, I can't physically do anything about it to help the situation.  For example, I can't go and run on the treadmill to make it better, it would just make it worse.  You have to accept it and hopes it heals as quickly as possible, but it doesn't make it any easier.  In fact, it sometimes makes it harder because you worry and think the worst, it just makes it more frustrating."

coming back from injury ...  November 1994 (Spurs Monthly)

"The specialist told me that I will be fine as long as I don't rush back too soon and suffer the same injury again. If that were to happen, it could lead to what is called a chronic condition and then I would have problems."

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