For the unrelated player of the same name see Syd Anderson 1902-1907.
DOB: 3 January 1918
Died: 20 May 1944
From: Melbourne High/South Port
Number: 36 (1939-1941)
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 footer debuted at 21 years old, and after starting his career at centre-half forward moved to a wing. He played in the 1939 Premiership, and was presented with an award as the best player to have graduated from the Seconds.
Anderson's senior career was cut short by World War II, but he played in a premiership in each of his three years. He was named 'Most Improved' in 1940, and 'Most Consistent' in 1941, but after initially being rejected by the Air Force because of leg injuries from his fooball career he succeded in enlisting. He moved to Tasmania in 1942, and despite returning to the club to train in March 1944, 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 trained at Melbourne in 1946 and played two games for South Melbourne. Two of his nephews also played senior football, Syd in four games for South Melbourne in 1976 and Graeme 71 games 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. His father was a different Syd Anderson, who was previously Town Clerk of Port Melbourne.