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Anderson, Peter David

Preferred Name: Peter
Born: 30 November 1945
Deceased: 4 January 2019
Competition Total Games Total Goals
League 107 136
Other 4 1
State 4 3
Total 115 140

Peter Anderson played 107 games for the club from 1964 to 1971.

Peter, a Walkerville junior, played his first game for the club in 1964 while still a student at Adelaide High School. The fact that he chose to play for the Roosters instead of his school created a huge controversy and cost him his Prefect’s badge.

In his first game against Torrens he was among our best players.  He repeated his form in the next match against Norwood at the Parade and was seen still signing autographs well after the game had finished.  The Club realised “Peter has a great future in League football”.

It was not easy to hold a place in the team in 1964 with players like Bob Bradtke, Bob Bussenschutt, Alan Byers, David Cearns, Maurie Francou, Mel Gilmour, Kym Lehmann, Barry Pascoe, John Phillips, Garry Ryan, Kelly Stringer and Bob Taylor beginning their league careers. But Peter did so, playing 16 games mainly as a forward/follower and kicking 16 goals that season.

That fact was greeted with surprise and delight by one of his junior coaches who claimed in his early days, “every time he tried to kick a drop-kick he fell over.”

Peter’s versatility was confirmed by the variety of awards that he won in his career with North Adelaide from Best Utility player, Most Promising Forward and Best Ruckman (both twice).  That form saw him selected in the 1966 SA State carnival side where he performed very well in all matches.

Peter was an integral part of the 1971 Premiership team. In a post-match TV interview he was congratulated on winning a watch which he opened only to find it had no working parts. Peter “hammed” it up for all it was worth. Having no stage fright, Peter picked up a microphone at a players’ concert and displayed his beautiful singing voice.

It came as a surprise when Peter transferred to Glenelg in 1972. He went on to represent them and the State as a full-back, being part of the Bays 1973 premiership team.  However that was not the end of football for Peter and before retirement he played another 36 games for Woodville. He then completed his football journey by being an articulate “around-the-grounds” commentator.

Peter passed away on 4 January, 2019 in Queensland at 73 years of age.. 

Games (Select a game to view)

Date Opponent Result Goals
02/05/1964 West Torrens Lost 0
09/05/1964 Norwood Lost 0
16/05/1964 Central District Won 1
23/05/1964 Glenelg Lost 1
30/05/1964 Sturt Lost 0
13/06/1964 Port Adelaide Lost 0
04/07/1964 South Adelaide Lost 0
11/07/1964 West Torrens Won 0
18/07/1964 Woodville Won 0
25/07/1964 Norwood Won 0
01/08/1964 Glenelg Lost 0
08/08/1964 Central District Won 0
15/08/1964 Sturt Lost 0
22/08/1964 South Adelaide Lost 1
29/08/1964 Port Adelaide Lost 5
05/09/1964 West Adelaide Lost 8
08/05/1965 Sturt Won 0
29/05/1965 South Adelaide Won 1
05/06/1965 Glenelg Lost 0
12/06/1965 West Adelaide Won 1
24/07/1965 West Torrens Won 3
31/07/1965 Sturt Lost 0
07/08/1965 West Adelaide Won 4
14/08/1965 Glenelg Won 7
21/08/1965 Port Adelaide Won 5
28/08/1965 West Torrens Won 1
04/09/1965 South Adelaide Lost 0
16/04/1966 Central District Lost 3
23/04/1966 Glenelg Won 3
30/04/1966 Woodville Won 1
07/05/1966 West Adelaide Won 2
21/05/1966 South Adelaide Won 1
04/06/1966 Port Adelaide Won 3
11/06/1966 Victorian Football League Lost 0
13/06/1966 Western Australia Lost 1
16/06/1966 Victorian Football Association Won 1
18/06/1966 Tasmania Won 1
25/06/1966 West Torrens Lost 2
02/07/1966 Central District Won 0
09/07/1966 West Adelaide Lost 1
16/07/1966 Glenelg Won 3
23/07/1966 West Torrens Won 4
30/07/1966 Norwood Won 1
06/08/1966 South Adelaide Lost 1
13/08/1966 Sturt Lost 0
03/09/1966 West Torrens Lost 0
10/09/1966 South Adelaide Won 3
24/09/1966 Sturt Lost 1
15/04/1967 Sturt Won 1
22/04/1967 South Adelaide Won 1
27/05/1967 Central District Won 3
03/06/1967 Glenelg Won 2
12/06/1967 South Adelaide Won 2
17/06/1967 West Torrens Won 2
24/06/1967 Sturt Lost 2
08/07/1967 West Adelaide Won 1
15/07/1967 Port Adelaide Won 3
22/07/1967 South Adelaide Lost 2
29/07/1967 Norwood Won 4
05/08/1967 Woodville Won 1
12/08/1967 Glenelg Lost 0
26/08/1967 West Torrens Won 1
02/09/1967 Sturt Won 2
16/09/1967 Sturt Lost 1
23/09/1967 Port Adelaide Lost 2
06/07/1968 West Adelaide Won 0
13/07/1968 Sturt Lost 3
20/07/1968 Port Adelaide Won 0
27/07/1968 Woodville Won 1
03/08/1968 Norwood Won 4
10/08/1968 Glenelg Won 0
17/08/1968 Central District Won 1
24/08/1968 West Torrens Lost 0
31/08/1968 South Adelaide Won 2
07/09/1968 West Adelaide Won 0
21/09/1968 Port Adelaide Lost 0
07/04/1969 Sturt Lost 0
12/04/1969 Port Adelaide Lost 0
19/04/1969 Central District Won 0
26/04/1969 West Adelaide Won 1
24/05/1969 South Adelaide Won 0
12/07/1969 South Adelaide Won 0
19/07/1969 Norwood Won 3
26/07/1969 Central District Won 2
02/08/1969 West Adelaide Won 0
09/08/1969 Glenelg Lost 1
23/08/1969 West Torrens Lost 0
30/08/1969 Sturt Lost 0
04/07/1970 West Torrens Won 1
11/07/1970 Norwood Won 4
18/07/1970 Central District Lost 1
25/07/1970 Woodville Won 2
01/08/1970 West Adelaide Won 2
08/08/1970 Sturt Lost 0
15/08/1970 Glenelg Won 0
22/08/1970 Port Adelaide Lost 0
29/08/1970 Central District Won 0
05/09/1970 Glenelg Lost 2
03/04/1971 Central District Won 0
10/04/1971 Woodville Won 0
17/04/1971 Norwood Lost 0
24/04/1971 West Torrens Won 0
10/07/1971 West Adelaide Won 6
17/07/1971 Port Adelaide Lost 2
24/07/1971 Glenelg Won 0
31/07/1971 South Adelaide Won 1
14/08/1971 Port Adelaide Lost 0
21/08/1971 Glenelg Won 0
28/08/1971 Sturt Won 0
11/09/1971 Port Adelaide Won 0
25/09/1971 Port Adelaide Won 0
02/10/1971 Hawthorn Lost 0
09/10/1971 Claremont Lost 0
10/10/1971 Richmond Lost 0
11/10/1971 East Perth Lost 1

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