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Sydney Sinclair, an original Swan and big time player

Friday, May 7, 2021 - 10:17 AM by Matthew Ogg

There aren’t too many players that can say they were one of the original members of the 1934 WANFL Swan Districts Football Team, but Sydney ‘Spec’ Sinclair can.

Sydney quickly became a consistent, reliable contributor in the black and white. When it looked likely that he was going to take his game to yet another level, the unthinkable happened… the Second World War commenced.

The WANFL senior competition was suspended for almost 5 seasons, and Sydney potentially lost some of the best years of his football career due to the forced stoppage.

Leading up to the suspension, he had accumulated an impressive resume of awards and achievements, including;

  • A Swan Medal,
  • 7x time WA representative,
  • Runner-up in the Sandover Medal,
  • Played over 100 games in the black and white, and
  • Kicked over 50 goals.

Upon the competition starting back up after the war, he played just one more season at the Swans before finishing his career with the Perth Demons.

Overall Sydney played 128 games and kicked 52 goals in the black and white jumper, won two Swan Medals, came Runner-up twice for the Sandover Medal and played seven state games for WA.

Please join us in congratulating Sydney’s family on his well-deserved Swan Districts Hall of Fame induction.