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Anderson Makes Surprise Return To Football

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Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Premier Division club Chertsey Town have appointed former AFC Wimbledon boss Dave Anderson as their new manager.

Anderson is vastly experienced in non-League football having managed AFC Wimbledon, St Albans City and more recently Harrow Borough along with many others.

Anderson announced he was quitting the game after more than 30 years as a football manager in the summer of 2016.

Anderson become AFC Wimbledon’s second permanent manager in May 2004, two years after the Dons were formed, after taking over from Nick English, who had taken temporary charge following Terry Eames’ suspension.

Anderson took over a side who had just been promoted to Division One of the Ryman League and led them to the title at the first attempt, helping set a new English senior record of seventy-eight successive games unbeaten along the way.

However, the Premier Division proved to a tougher nut to crack the following season, and although Anderson led the Dons to the play-offs, they lost the final 2-1 to Fisher Athletic.

The following season, Wimbledon again reached the play-offs, despite a three-point deduction for fielding Jermaine Darlington while ineligible, but after losing to Bromley in the semi-finals, Anderson stepped down and was replaced by Terry Brown, who eventually led them into the Football League.

He would later manage two west London teams, Northwood and Harrow – his second spell as Earlsmead – as well as St Albans, who he had also managed previously, but had been out of the game for a year after leaving Harrow.

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