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Key Facts

Full name
James Anderson

Known as
Jim Anderson

17 November 1869

13 September 1947 (aged 77)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 27y 172d
Last game: 35y 275d

Senior clubs

Jim Anderson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 6th player to appear, 1,515th most games played, 4,400th most goals kickedEssendon: 1st player to appear, 95th most games played, 389th most goals kicked

Jim Anderson joined Essendon from Scotch College in 1892 and went on to enjoy a long, distinguished and highly successful career with the club over 15 seasons. Playing almost exclusively as a defender, he was a member of Essendon premiership sides in 1892-3-4, 1897 and 1901, and played in the losing Grand Final teams of 1898 and - as his team's most effective performer on the day - 1902.

Always cool under pressure, Anderson seldom put in a bad game, and was selected to represent the VFL in 1903 and 1905. He also served as club skipper for a couple of seasons. In 1903 he became the second Essendon player, and the eighth in the league, to amass 100 VFL games.

Author - John Devaney


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