For the unrelated player of the same name see Syd Anderson 1902-1907.
DOB: January 3 1918
Died: May 20 1944
From: Melbourne High/South Port
Number: 36 1939-1941
The son of a former Port Melbourne player, the pacy, six foot winger forced his way into the senior side as a 21-year-old after starting his career with three and a half seasons in the reserves. He started as a centre-half forward but was moved to a wing and presented an award for the best first season senior player from the Second 18.
His career was short, but Anderson was a premiership player in each of his three seasons. He was named the "Most Improved" player in 1940, "Most Consistent" in 1941. He attempted to join the RAAF early in the Second World War but was initially rejected due to a leg injury suffered during his football career. He eventually succeeded in enlisting. Anderson moved to Tasmania in 1942, and despite returning to the club to train in March 1944, Anderson could not play another game due to his Air Force commitments.
Having attained the rank of Flying Officer, Anderson was lost during combat in Wewak, New Guinea on 20 May, 1944 when the survivors of a fallen plane were killed by Japanese forces.
The second place award for Best and Fairest is named the Sid Anderson Memorial Trophy in his honour.