For the unrelated player of the same name see Syd Anderson 1902-1907.
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)
Premiership Player - 1939, 1940, 1941
Sydney Anderson, referred to as Sid in contemporary reports, was the son of a former Port Melbourne player who forced his way into the senior side after three seasons in the Seconds. The pacy, six foot winger debuted at 21-years-old, and after starting his career at centre-half forward moved to a wing. He played in a premiership, and was presented with award recognising him as the best player to have graduated from the Seconds.
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. His plane was shot down and the survivors of the crash were killed by Japanese forces.
The second place award for Best and Fairest is named the Sid Anderson Memorial Trophy in his honour.
Anderson's brother Claude played two games for South Melbourne, and two nephews also played, Syd for four games for South Melbourne in 1976 and Graeme for 71 with Collingwood between 1975 and 1980.
Alternatively called Syd and Sid. Some sources suggest he was the son of Syd Anderson 1902-1907 but this is not correct.
Family at other clubs
Players who served during war
Argus - 18/04/1938
Age - 21/02/1941
Football Record R6 1942
Argus - 29/03/1944
Record - 27/05/1944
Australasian - 10/06/1944
Boyles Football Photos
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War Memorial Roll of Honour