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Ijah Anderson
Nationality: Eng
Rovers apps (gls)1: 53 (0)
Date of birth: 30 December 1975
Place of birth: Hackney
Height: 5 ft 9 in
Position: Defender
Date joined: 31 January 2003
Joined from: Brentford
Date left: November 2004
1 League appearances and goals only.

Ijah Anderson was a defender who played 53 league games for Rovers in a spell at the club lasting just under two years. He initially joined the club on loan from Brentford at the end of January 2003 for the remainder of the 2002-03 season, but signed permanently at the start of the following season.

Although he played in over 50 league games for the Pirates, he ran out in just two cup games for the club - a League Cup match against Brighton & Hove Albion and a Football League Trophy game against Southend United, both of which ended in defeat.

In November 2004 he signed for Swansea City on a free transfer.

Career[]

Ijah's first club was Tottenham Hotspur, where he was a youth player before being given a pro contract in 1993. After a year with the seniors at Spurs he was released without having played for the first team, and he joined Southend United, where he also failed to make any first team appearances.

After a year at Roots Hall, he made the move to Brentford, where he finally got a chance to establish himself as a first team player, and he went on to make over 200 league appearances for the Bees, also having loan spells at Wycombe Wanderers and Bristol Rovers. The loan at Rovers became a permanent move, and two years later he signed for Swansea City on a free transfer. In one year with Swansea he made just eight league starts, coming on as sub a further ten times.

Ijah's spell at Swansea, and his professional career, came to an abrupt end at the end of 2005 when he failed a drugs test, testing positive for cocaine.[1] This test led to him being sacked by the club. He never made another appearance in the Football League. He went on to play four games for Lewes in 2006 but was at the club for just one month.

Season Club League
Apps Goals
1993-94 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0
1994-95 Southend United 0 0
1995-96 Brentford 0 0
1996-97 Brentford 46 1
1997-98 Brentford 17 0
1998-99 Brentford 38 1
1999-00 Brentford 32 0
2000-01 Brentford 1 0
2001-02 Brentford 35 0
2002-03 Brentford 9 0
2002-03 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 5 0
2002-03 Bristol Rovers (loan) 14 0
2003-04 Bristol Rovers 39 0
2004-05 Bristol Rovers 0 0
2004-05 Swansea City 13 0
2005-06 Swansea City 6 0
2006-07 Lewes 4 0

Record Against Rovers[]

Date Club Venue Result Notes
29 October 1996 Brentford Memorial Stadium 2-1 to Rovers Anderson was booked
21 January 1997 Brentford Griffin Park 0-0
21 October 1997 Brentford Griffin Park 3-2 to Rovers
7 August 1999 Brentford Memorial Stadium 0-0 Danny Boxall and Rob Quinn also played for Brentford

References[]

  1. John Ley (12 December 2005). Anderson is suspended for positive cocaine test. Daily Telegraph. Retrieved on 21 October 2008.
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