Place Of Birth:
Date Of Birth:
Dec 19, 1985
Jan 1, 2004
Defender and St. Johnstone record appearance holder Steven Anderson started his senior career when he stepped up from Dalkeith Boys Club to join Dundee United in January 2001.
Despite impressing many with his performances at youth and reserve team level, Steven was released from Tannadice in the summer of 2004 and then Saints boss John Connolly gave him a run out in a reserve game at Forfar (where he scored) and a few days later he appeared in the first-team listed as a Trialist in the match at St Mirren on 21st August. These two performances convinced Connolly that Steven was a player worth having and he signed initially only until the end of 2004/05 campaign but has been at the club ever since.
Connolly’s successor Owen Coyle knew Steven from his time in charge of Dundee United's reserves where he had appointed him captain of that side and wasted no time in securing his services for the 2005/06 season. He retained Ando again for the 2006/07 campaign and it was during the latter that the centre-back flourished into one of the country's top defenders.
Steven signed a one-year deal for the 2007/08 season but the esteem in which he was held by Owen Coyle was marked in October 2007 when he signed a two-year extension to that contract. Despite the number of defenders on the books that season Steven featured in 38 of the club’s 47 matches.
The start of the 08/09 season saw Steven side-lined by injury and with Kevin Rutkiewicz and Stuart McCaffrey in great form coupled with the arrival of Graham Gartland in what proved to a Championship-winning season, Steven found it difficult to get a regular game in the side.
He was back in the fold more regularly for the club's return to the top flight though and was rewarded with a two-year contract extension in April 2010. Derek McInnes was unable to leave the defender out of the side and he enjoyed a strong partnership with former Chelsea defender Michael Duberry.
Season 2011/2012 saw Steven continue his fine form and in January 2012 he was awarded a further two-year extension taking him through to the end of season 2013/2014.
He scored the opening goal in the Scottish Cup Final triumph over his former side Dundee United at Celtic Park on May 17th 2014.
Ando made his 350th appearance for Saints in the Scottish Cup match on 9th January 2016 against Kilmarnock at McDiarmid Park. This was followed by his 361st appearance in the 1 - 1 draw with Ross County, also at McDiarmid Park, on 16th March 2016 when he equalled the all-time St. Johnstone appearance record held by goalkeeper Alan Main. The stalwart defender made his 362nd appearance for the club against Hearts the following week to become the club’s new all-time record appearance holder. On the 6th May 2017 Steven made his 400th appearance for the club against Celtic.
In May 2016, Ando signed a new contract to commit himself to the club until May 2018 and his contracted was extended after that to run until May 2020.
Steven's home jersey is kindly sponsored Innes Ferguson and his away jersey is kindly sponsored by Karen Jenkins.
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