Full Name: SYDNEY QUINTON BARKER
Date of Birth: 1890
Height:183 cm ( 6-0 )
Weight: 95 kg ( 14-12 )
Debut: 13/06/1908 , Round 8 , Carlton
Last Game: 27/06/1908, Round 10 , Melbourne
Total Games: 2
Total Goals: 1
Sydney was one of the great ruckman in the VFA prior to and just after the First World War.
He tried out with Richmond, "a big follower from Williamstown" the Herald wrote, in their first year in the VFL however, he only played two games, against Carlton in Round 8 (loss 88pts) and Melbourne in Round 10 (loss 70 pts).
He then transferred to North Melbourne (VFA) where he played for 12 seasons.
He later made a successful transitions from VFA to the VFL at the age of 31, when he joined Essendon in 1921.
He eventually retired in 1927 at the age of 37.
Whilst captain of North Melbourne in the VFA he was described as a “Great General”, a fact that was well supported when his club won a then record 58 games on end.
Syd was a member of North Melbourne’s 1910, 1914 and 1918, and Essendon’s 1923 and 1924 Premiership sides. He was not only a brilliant footballer but also a very fair player who did not go outside the rules.
Strongly built and athletic he was a great all-round sportsman who also excelled at swimming and boxing. A fireman, he died after an illness in 1930. His son, Sidney Junior, played 41 games with North Melbourne between 1930 and 1933 and his brother George played 46 games with Essendon between 1903 and 1909.
North Melbourne's Best and Fairest award is named after hi.
Northcote Juniors 1904-05 ; Essendon VFA 1906-07. Williamstown 1907
North Melbourne VFA 1908-15, 1918-21 ( Honours - Captain 1912-13, 1915-19, 1921 , Premiership 1910, 1914, 1918 , Captain VFA Representative Team 1920) ; Ascot Vale Captain/Coach 1916 ; Essendon 1921-24 , Games 57 , Goals 23 ( Honours - Captain /Coach 1922-24 , Premiership 1923-24 ; North Melbourne 1927 , Games 9 , Goals 1 ; State Bank Amateurs Coach 1929