Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Sid Dyer

Known as
Sid Dyer

25 May 1916

7 April 1976 (aged 59)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 4d
Last game: 31y 97d

Height and weight
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 5

Sid Dyer

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1937-19471553212.0737%49

AFL: 4,493rd player to appear, 1,179th most games played, 166th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 231st player to appear, 56th most games played, 13th most goals kicked

Robust, pacy and intelligent, Sid Dyer was one of many highly talented rovers to have flourished at North Melbourne over the decades. He joined the club from South Kensington and debuted at senior level in 1937. Quite soon, it was obvious that the Kangaroos had unearthed a champion. Renowned football writer Hec de Lacy compared Dyer with one of Australia's all-time great rovers, Dick Reynolds:

For individual efficiency give me Dick Reynolds or Syd Dyer. Reynolds is well on his way to winning his fourth Brownlow Medal. Dyer is playing so well that he would be a star in any firmament. I refuse to separate them. When it comes to a choice between such champions it is a matter of hair splitting.

A Syd Barker Medallist as North's best and fairest in 1939 Dyer represented Victoria and had his peak seasons not coincided with the Brownlow Medal being suspended because of the war he might well have join ed the award's illustrious roll of honour.

Always a danger when resting in a forward pocket, Dyer topped North's goal kicking list twice, in 1946 with 55 goals and the following season with 47. All told he booted 321 goals over the course of his 155 game league career, which ended in 1947.

After departing the VFL scene Sid Dyer coached Prahran for a time and later eked out a reputation for himself as one of the foremost junior coaches in the game.

Author - John Devaney



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