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Cedric Anselin

Norwich Career: 1998-2000 (29 appearances, 1 goal)
Current Club: Sherringham (Anglian Combination) (Assistant Player Manager)
Date of Birth: 24/07/1977
Nationality: French

Biography

French Under 21 international midfielder Cedric Anselin joined Norwich City on a three month loan on 25th March 1999. Norwich were fortunate to get his signature as Cedric had trained twice with Southampton and had been linked in the French press with Leeds and Middlesboro. Before coming to England, Cedric had played for Bordeaux and Lille. His Bordeaux appearances included the 1996 UEFA Cup final in which they lost 5-1 on aggregate to Bayern Munich.

He made his Norwich debut against Grimsby before playing in the derby match with Ipswich (1-1). He impressed in the remaining games of the 1998/99 season making 7 appearances and scoring once. Cedric signed for the Canaries on 25th May for a reduced fee of 250,000. 18 appearances came in the following season.

After failing to make Bryan Hamilton's or Nigel Worthington's starting lineups, Cedric revealed at the end of 2000 that he wished to return to France. Cedric and Norwich came to an agreement at the end of June 2001 that saw his contract with the Canaries terminated thus freeing up his wages for Norwich to spend, and enabling Cedric to look for pastures new.

Cedric had a trial with Notts County at the end of August 2001, playing for their Reserves against Carlisle but did not manage to impress thus ending County's interest in him. After attempts to ressurect his career with QPR and Rushden and Diamonds, he had a trial with Scottish side Ross County in November 2001. In early December,this blossomed into a one month contract in which to prove himself which in turn lasted the remainder of the 2001/02 season.

During the early part of 2003, Cedric was to be found in South America, playing for Bolivian side Oriente Petrolero from the city of Santa Cruz. However reports have suggested that he has had problems acclimatising to the high altitude of the Andean city, and to the style of the Latin American game. Cedric's Latin American stay didn't last long as website contributer Richard Bland bumped into him in Tescos in Norwich at the end of June 2003. Cedric reported that his agent was trying to find him a new club in Spain, Italy or France. Instead he trialled with Norwegian side FC Lynn !

In November 2004, Cedric trained with Cambridge United. However, he was unable to don any English club shirt in competitive football until international clearance was obtained by the FA as Anselin's last club was Bolivian side Oriente Petrolero. In the meantime, Cedric intends to turn out for Mildenhall in order to gain match fitness. "At the moment Cedric is anxious to regain his match fitness and we are willing to help him to achieve this," commented Mildenhall manager Trevor Munns.
Once international clearance has been obtained for him to play in England, Cedric might turn out for the Ridgeons League side. "If, when clearance has been granted it is of mutual benefit to him, Mildenhall and Cambridge United that he plays for us, then it will happen," said Munns. "We have a lot of games coming up and, if he was available for us, I couldn't ignore a player with his background," he added. In the event that all the probables fall into place, Anselin has signed the relevant Ridgeons League forms for Mildenhall Town.

Cedric eventually signed for Cambridge at the end of November on a "pay as you play" basis. "It's a mutually beneficial arrangement giving him an opportunity to get back to playing", said Cambridge secretary Andrew Pincher. Cedric made his debut for United on 27th November in a 2-1 defeat to Notts County.

Cambridge's new management team of Steve Thompson and Rob Newman released Anselin towards the end of January 2005 and the Frenchman trained with Southend United. On 18th March, Cedric signed for Gravesend and Northfleet, making his debut the following day against Canvey Island. A week later and Cedirc had quit the club, returning to Norwich to sign for Ridgeons Leaguers Norwich United.

Cedric switched to Kings Lynn on 17th June 2005, one of five signings announced that day - the other being former Norwich trainee Adam Smith, Boston United's Dean West, Grant Cooper from Hornchurch and Paul Kelly from Hemel Hempstead. On 19th May 2006, Lynn manager Tommy Taylor announced that he was releasing Anselin who had lost form / commitment during the latter stages of the 2005/6 season.

In July 2006, Cedric joined Wroxham on trial playing in their 22nd July pre-season friendly against Wivenhoe. He has since returned to Norwich United but joined Dereham Town towards the end of 2007.

Cedric was released by Dereham on 26th June 2008 Magpies boss Matty Henman said: “It was the hardest decision I have had to make as manager. Cedric is a very good footballer and played well for Dereham. But looking at the overall squad, other areas need to be strengthened. I wish him well for the future and I am sure he will soon be snapped up by another club.” He was quickly linked with a move to Diss managed by former Dereham manager Robert Taylor and this materialised in early July.

By the beginning of August 2008 though, Cedric had quit Diss. Robert Taylor has said that the former French U21 international decided he could not give the commitment necessary during the season as his wife is pregnant. In October 2008, Cedric signed for anorther Ridgeons League side - this time Lowestoft.

In the summer of 2010, both Diss and Norwich United reported that Cedric was to join them.

After assisting Stewart Larter at Gorleston, he followed Larter to Wroxham in June 2014 to become their Assistant Manager.

He stepped down as Assistant Manager at Wroxham on 25th October 2015 due to family commitments.

On 10th November 2016, Anselin joined Sherringham as Assistant Player Manager, making his debut against Bradenham in a 2-0 win.

In December 2016, Anselin revealed a 14 year struggle against depression which included planning his suicide. This affected his marriage and he told the EDP: “My wife was my rock. She looked after everything and kept my family together – now suddenly she’s not there, although we are still friends and she has supported me through difficult times. I didn’t know where to turn and two Mondays ago I didn’t want to be in the world any more. Everything was dark and cloudy. I had battled depression for 14 years and lost my football career and the love of my life. “I left early for work and had planned what I was going to do. But then I remember calling Darren Eadie and leaving a voicemail, then calling Clarke Carlisle. He answered and we had a long chat.“He said I needed to surround myself with close friends. I got a GP appointment the next day and they put me on medication straightaway. Then on the Wednesday I saw the crisis team from Hellesdon Hospital. They see me every day at the moment.”

Cedric works at Open Academy in Norwich, guiding 30 16- to 18-year-olds through BTec level three sports and fitness


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