Vale Vic Anderson
29 September 1921 – 26 March 2013
South Sydney lost a fine man when Vic Anderson passed away aged 91. The friendly and personable outside back played five seasons with South Sydney and another with Eastern Suburbs. A winger/centre, Vic made his first grade debut for Souths on Saturday 10 May 1941 at Belmore. He began playing with Souths as an 18 year old in 1940, playing two third grade and five reserve grade matches that year.
In 1941, he played four top grade games and 11 with the reserves. War service saw Vic miss the next three seasons but he was back at Redfern in 1945, where he first played a third grade game, then five in the reserve grade side before finishing the season with five first grade appearances. In 1947, he played 16 reserve grade games while in 1948, because of the residential rules of those days, he moved to the Roosters where he played two first grade matches. Altogether, Vic played 15 first grade matches. Born and growing up in North Bondi, Vic played Rugby Union with the Rose Bay Wallaroos as a junior.
Remembering his playing days, Vic laughed when he told the story of players having a small pouch in their shorts in his time. ” They used to put peanuts and sultanas in there and after a big run or some constant defence, they would reach into their ‘ undies ‘ for what they thought was an instant energy boost, ” he explained.
By Barry Ross