Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Sydney James Jackson

Known as
Syd Jackson

1 July 1944 (age 78)

Place of birth
Leonora, WA (6438)

Indigenous Australian

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 24y 278d
Last game: 32y 79d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Senior clubs
East Perth; Carlton; Glenelg

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 5

Recruited from
East Perth (1969); Carlton (1977)

State of origin

Syd Jackson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
East PerthWANFL1963-1967104780.75
Total1963-1967, 1969-19772532641.04

AFL: 8,104th player to appear, 1,524th most games played, 555th most goals kickedCarlton: 808th player to appear, 98th most games played, 38th most goals kicked

Originally from South Bunbury, Syd Jackson had already won two Hayward Medals as the fairest and best player in the South West National Football League by the time he arrived at East Perth as a 19-year-old in 1963. Before long, he had acquired a reputations as one of the finest attacking centremen in the game, and, at the end of his debut season with the Royals, he finished joint first in the Sandover Medal voting. However, having incurred a suspension earlier in the season, he was ruled ineligible. Voted his club’s fairest and best player in 1966, Jackson was in the club’s losing Grand Final teams both that year and in 1967.

However, as early as 1965, Jackson had been attracting attention from VFL clubs, most notably North Melbourne and Carlton. In the end it was the persuasive talking of Carlton coach Ron Barassi which settled the issue, and Jackson duly signed for the Blues in time for the 1968 season. Given that Jackson had given them more than 100 games service (104 to be precise), the East Perth hierarchy was prepared to clear him, but his VFL debut was delayed by twelve months because the WANFL clearance board refused to endorse the move. 

Jackson went on to give Carlton eight seasons of fine service, mainly as a half forward flanker, before rounding off his career with a season at Glenelg. Syd Jackson represented Western Australia once, against South Australia at Subiaco Oval in 1967 when he was one of the best players on view in the home state’s crushing win.

In June 2006 he was named in the centre in East Perth’s official ‘Team of the Century 1945 to 2005’.

Author - John Devaney


Full Points Footy's WA Football Companion


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.