Sydney C White was born at Kadina on Yorke Peninsula in 1893. Known as Sid, he was educated at Parkside after his parents moved to Adelaide when he was five years old. He was 14 when he first represented the Kenilworth Football Club in the juniors.
White joined Norwood in 1912, mainly due to his friendship with George Beames who had joined the Redlegs in 1911. Having impressed in his one trial, White made his league debut in the opening round of 1912. Initially, he played as a wingman or rover. He played 12 games in his first season and won the award for best junior.
White won the best and fairest awards in 1913 and 1914.
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