After playing briefly with Port Melbourne as a teenager, Ted Freyer crossed to Essendon where he made his VFL debut in 1929. Tall and wiry, and possessing fine judgement, he habitually manned a forward pocket rather than the key attacking position, and his deadly punt kicking for goal capped off many a Same Old forward thrust. Freyer played a total of 124 VFL games with Essendon, and his 372 goals including club leading tallies in five seasons. At the end of the 1937 season he controversially returned to Port Melbourne without a clearance, where in 1940 and '41 he at last had the satisfaction of playing in premiership-winning teams. During the period from 1938 to 1941, Ted Freyer, now playing mainly at the goalfront, was indisputably one of the VFA's top draw cards. He topped the Association goal kicking list in 1938 with 86 goals, and again two years later with 157. After a break for the war, he resumed for one last season in 1945 before finishing his career with Waterside Workers in the Saturday Morning League. In 84 VFA games, Freyer amassed an incredible 464 goals at an average of 5.52 per match.
Author - John Devaney