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)
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.