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Sid Anderson

For the unrelated player of the same name see Syd Anderson 1902-1907.

Image DOB: January 3 1918
Died: May 20 1944

Debut: Round 7, 1939 against Fitzroy at Brunswick Street
Last Game: 1941 Grand Final against Essendon at MCG

From: Melbourne High/South Port

Number: 36 1939-1941

Honours:
Premiership Player - 1939, 1940, 1941

Games: 52
Goals: 12
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
4101178.84

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.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
1939 1180
1940 2130
1941 2010


Notes
Sometimes called Sid not Syd. Some sources suggest he was the son of Syd Anderson 1902-1907. The Anderson's who played for South in the right time frame were all recruited from the country.

Lists
Family at other clubs
Players who served during war

Media
The Argus - 18/04/1938
The Age - 21/02/1941
Football Record R6 1942
The Argus - 29/03/1944
The Australasian - 10/06/1944

Links
Boyles Football Photos
War Memorial Roll of Honour
Wikipedia profile

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Thursday 29 December 2016 18:53:07 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 26)

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