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Des Anderson

7 November 2019

Millwall Football Club is saddened to hear of the passing of Des Anderson.

The former Lions player passed away peacefully at home on 17th October, and his funeral will take place on Friday 8th November.

Des was recruited by manager Ron Gray in the summer of 1961 from Scottish club Hibernian, whom he joined from Edinburgh Thistle in 1957. However, Des was restricted to just two appearances in his three years at Easter Road.

In his first season as Lion, Des made his debut in a 4-1 defeat at Rochdale, and that was followed by just one more more appearance as Millwall went on to clinch the Fourth Division title in 1962.

Two opportunities presented themselves for Des to claim a regular spot in the team following the sale of Dave Bumpsted and the injury sustained by Dave Harper, but the management preferred to utilise the talents of Harry Obeney at right-half.

Des finally got his run in the first-team during the 1962/3 season, where he could display his range of passing and the required tenacity in midfield. In this spell, he scored his only goal for the club in the 4-1 thumping of Reading on Good Friday at The Den.

In Des's last season he found himself understudy once more to the restored Harper, but following Dave's enforced absence, Des reclaimed the right-half position for virtually the rest of the campaign, which saw The Lions relegated. After his departure in 1964 he spent some time with Dartford in the Southern League. with a three-year stint in South Africa ensuing before returning home to assist Hastings United.

However, it would be in the role of assistant manager to his old Edinburgh pal, the ex-Spurs and Scotland player Dave Mackay, that Des would see the success that evaded him in his playing career.

Des assisted Mackay, firstly at Swindon, before the management duo claimed the Division Two title with Derby County - that was then followed by spells at Nottingham Forest and Walsall.

The thoughts of everyone at Millwall Football Club are with all connected with Des at this sad time.


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