Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Walter Frederick Victor Sykes

Known as
Wally Sykes

2 May 1881

Place of birth
Fitzroy, VIC (3065)

4 October 1967 (aged 86)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 5d
Last game: 31y 107d

Senior clubs
Collingwood; Richmond; Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 20

Recruited from
Collingwood (1905); Richmond (1907)

State of origin

Wally Sykes

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
V/AFL1904, 1907-191243170.4044%0

AFL: 935th player to appear, 4,636th most games played, 3,965th most goals kickedCollingwood: 98th player to appear, 1,008th most games played, 907th most goals kickedMelbourne: 176th player to appear, 384th most games played, 332nd most goals kicked

Regarded for a time as one of the finest centremen in the game, Walter Sykes made his name with Richmond in the VFA, for whom he starred in the 1905 challenge final defeat of North Melbourne. Pacy and assured, and a consummate team player, he orchestrated many of his team's most damaging attacking forays, and it was no surprise when he was lured to the VFL by Melbourne in 1907. In actual fact, this was to be Sykes' second stab at VFL football as he had spent the 1904 season with Collingwood, but had found it difficult to break into the team. With Melbourne he was much more successful and added 41 games in six seasons to the two he had managed with the Magpies.

Author - John Devaney


Full Points Footy Publications, Richmond VFA statistics courtesy of


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