Syd Barker, Sr.


Syd Barker senior (26 November 1887 – 23 March 1930) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Richmond, Essendon and North Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL). His son, also named Syd Barker, had a brief league career with North Melbourne.

Barker's long footballing career began at Essendon 'A' in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) with whom he played before joining Richmond in 1908 for their inaugural VFL season. He managed just a couple of games and decided to return to the VFA, this time with North Melbourne.

A ruckman, Barker became an integral player in North's illustrious "invincibles" side that won premierships in 1910, 1914, 1915 and 1918. He captained the club in their last two premierships and through a record 58 game unbeaten streak from 1914–1919. In 1921 North attempted to merge with Essendon and join the VFL but Essendon went back on the deal and as a result the club temporarily disbanded.

Like many other players from North, Barker joined Essendon's VFL side in good faith that the merger would go ahead. The merger did not go ahead, and Barker was stuck at Essendon. He became captain-coach in 1922 and led the club to back to back premierships in 1923 and 1924 before announcing his retirement.

Barker came out of retirement in 1927 and returned to his old club North Melbourne, who were in their third VFL season. As captain-coach he could only manage 3 wins and the club finished the season second last.

Today North Melbourne best and fairest winners are awarded the Syd Barker Medal.

Other related articles:

Alyssa Healy - Early Years
... Her selection at the age of 16 in late 2006 as wicket-keeper for Barker College First XI, the first time a girl had been picked to play among boys in the elite private schools' cricket competition in New South Wales, drew press commentary from various sources ... This came about after an anonymous person, believed to be a former male student, circulated an email entitled "Save Barker Cricket Now" in the school community attacking the selection as a "disgrace" and calling for gender segregation of the cricket team ...
Miss USA 1988
... Barker, an animal rights activist, refused to be involved because one of the winner's prizes was a fur coat ...
The Beast (2009 TV Series) - Main Characters
... Ellis Dove (Travis Fimmel) is a rookie FBI agent and Charles Barker's trainee in the undercover trade ... Under intense pressure from Barker to become a chameleon, Ellis never knows when Barker will send him on some impossible little test, some on-the-spot improv that may or may not cost him his life ...
Sebastian Barker
... He is the son of George Barker and Elizabeth Smart ... He was on the executive committee of P.E.N ...
The Blackouts
... The Blackouts were a punk rock band formed in Seattle in 1979 by singer/guitarist Erich Werner, bassist Mike Davidson, and drummer William Rieflin, who were all former members of a local punk band, The Telepaths ... They were joined by Roland Barker, first on synthesizer and later on saxophone ...