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
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
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
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
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