Sunday, 24 October 2010
170 Jason Anders
Position : Forward
Played : 1990-91 to 1992-93
Appearances : 17
Goals : 1
Memory does play tricks on you. If you'd asked me before starting this blog how many appearances Jason had made for us I'd have guessed about half a dozen; that it was almost three times that and that he was with us for three seasons is a surprise.
There was a lot of cynicism surrounding Jason's place in the squad. His family had a successful wholesale business in Milnrow and there were suggestions that his contract was a business investment which had little to do with his playing ability. I was once sat behind some of his old schoolmates on a bus to Ashton and they were discussing him and expressing disbelief that he had a professional contract. Unfortunately Jason's performances on the pitch did nothing to dispel the rumours. I don't think he ever started a game but whenever he came on as sub he looked a fish out of water despite Sutton's infamous observation that he was "the new Ian Rush". Maybe Sutty was being sarcastic. Jason's "goal" was a joke ; away at Chesterfield he claimed a touch on a Jimmy Graham shot that he was nowhere near, much to the latter's disgust. It is a travesty that he's still credited with it.
When Jason was finally released in 1993 he had to drop four levels to North Trafford FC to get a game and didn't last the season there