Saturday, February 10, 2007

Darren Anderton - former Spur

Darren Anderton Hat-trick

Former Spurs and England International, Darren Anderton.

With little to enjoy from Spurs' game against Sheffield United - after Jermaine Jenas' opening goal after two minutes, it all went downhill - there is time to acknowledge the hat-trick scored by former Spur, Darren Anderton.

Anderton signed for Bournemouth in the summer having been released by Wolves. He has been playing well for the 1st Division side who enjoyed a comfortable 5-0 home win over Leyton Orient.

This is Anderton's first hat-trick in 542 league games he scored in the 16th minute, curling a pass from Warren Cummings in from 20 yards. He added a second after the interval from a similar distance and completed his hat-trick by blasting home Steve Fletcher's knock-down from close range. It was a true hat-trick being the middle three goals scored consecutively in Bournemouth's win. Anderton also managed to get booked by the referee.

Darren Anderton was signed for Spurs by manager Terry Venables in the summer of 1992 for £1.75 million from Portsmouth for whom he had played a leading role in reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup that season. He had a number of further FA Cup semi-final appearances for Spurs but never succeeded in reaching the Final of that competition.

During his career with Spurs, Anderton made 273 League appearances (+ 26 subs) scoring 34 goals. He made 56 appearances in the FA cup and League Cup, plus 3 subs, and scored 14 goals. He was a member of Spurs last victorious team, the 1999 Worthington Cup winners, defeating Leicester City 1-0 at Wembley in George Graham's first season as manager. Unfortunately, Anderton's time at Spurs was hampered with injury and he acquired the nickname, 'Sicknote.' The three seasons 1995 - 1998 saw him play only a limited part in Spurs' season making only 8, 15 and 16 appearances in those those years although he did manage to recover from injury in time to play for England in the European Championships in the summer of 1996.

Anderton was released by Spurs in the summer of 2004 when he signed for Birmingham City and a year later he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers who were managed at the time by Glenn Hoddle.

He made 30 International appearances for England, scoring 7 goals.

Included in the Bournemouth was former Spurs junior, full-back Neil Young who has served the south coast club for many years since leaving Tottenham. He is the older brother of Luke Young who plays for Charlton.

In the Orient team opposing Anderton was Anton Thelwell who made a number of Premiership appearances for Spurs before transferring to Hull City where he played under manager Peter Taylor, until his recent move back to London. Unfortunately for Thelwell, his time with Hull was interrupted by injury.


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