John Anderson

John Anderson Position: Defender


1948/49 Berks & Bucks Benevolent Cup winner
1948/49 Berks & Bucks Senior Cup runner-up


John Anderson, nicknamed "Jock", played 23 games for Slough in season 1948/49.

He was born John McVane Anderson on 21 February 1923, and grew up in Montrose, Angus, Scotland.

He played football and cricket for his school, The Montrose Academy, and later played for Montrose Football Club.

John joined the RAF at the age of 19 in 1942, and went on to become a Spitfire pilot during the Second World War. He was shot down over Italy, and had to parachute out as his plane caught fire, so became a member of the 'Caterpillar Club'.

In 1945, John left the RAF, although he retained his commission of Flight Lieutenant in the RAF Reserves, a rank he did not relinquish until July 1959. After leaving the RAF, John took a degree in Economics and then joined Cooper Mechanical Joints in 1948. He spent the first three or four years of his time with the company in Slough.

During this time John played football, firstly for Slough Town and then for Hayes. At Slough, John won the Berks & Bucks Benevolent Cup after a 1-0 win over Maidenhead United, and a runner-up medal in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup after a 2-1 defeat against Wycombe Wanderers in a replayed final.

John also met his future wife, Betty Louise Swadling, and they married at St. Paul's Church in Slough.

In 1951 John was promoted within CMJ and moved to Abergavenny. There were several more work moves before the family settled in Reading in 1955, where they remained. John and Betty had two daughters, Elaine and Janet. John continued to enjoy playing sport (hockey, cricket and golf) and had a life-long love of the game of football.

John sadly passed away in January 1988 at the age of just 64, after a heart attack. He is remembered as a wonderful father and grandfather, a good sportsman, and one of life's true gentlemen.


First Appearance Appearances First Goal Goals
13-11-1948 vs Uxbridge 23 N/A 0


Match Date Home Score Away Competition Goals Cards
14-05-1949 Maidenhead United 0-1 Slough Town Benevolent Cup Match report
07-05-1949 Worthing 2-2 Slough Town League Match report
05-05-1949 Slough Town 1-2 Worthing League Match report
03-05-1949 Slough Town 1-2 Hounslow League Match report
02-05-1949 Uxbridge 1-1 Slough Town League Match report
26-04-1949 Slough Town 3-4 Erith League Match report
23-04-1949 Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 Slough Town B&B Senior Cup Match report
18-04-1949 Wycombe Wanderers 0-0 Slough Town B&B Senior Cup Match report
16-04-1949 Slough Town 2-2 Grays Athletic League Match report
09-04-1949 Hounslow 2-1 Slough Town League Match report
02-04-1949 Slough Town 2-0 Aylesbury United Benevolent Cup Match report
26-03-1949 Grays Athletic 0-4 Slough Town League Match report
05-03-1949 Abingdon 0-5 Slough Town B&B Senior Cup Match report
19-02-1949 Marlow 3-5 Slough Town Benevolent Cup Match report
12-02-1949 Slough Town 6-1 Eastbourne League Match report
05-02-1949 Erith 2-2 Slough Town League Match report
29-01-1949 Chesham United 2-2 Slough Town League Match report
22-01-1949 Wolverton 1-2 Slough Town B&B Senior Cup Match report
15-01-1949 Windsor & Eton 0-2 Slough Town League Match report
08-01-1949 Slough Town 5-0 Chesham United League Match report
18-12-1948 Walton & Hersham 1-2 Slough Town League Match report
11-12-1948 Slough Town 0-4 Erith Memorial Shield Match report
13-11-1948 Slough Town 1-2 Uxbridge League Match report

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