Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Donald Pruen Cordner

Known as
Don Cordner

21 January 1922

13 May 2009 (aged 87)

Medical practioner

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 235d
Last game: 28y 224d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 21

Recruited from
University Blacks (1941)

Family links
Ted Cordner Snr (Father)Denis Cordner (Brother)John Cordner (Brother)Ted Cordner Jnr (Brother)Harry Cordner (Uncle)David Cordner (Nephew)Larry Cordner (Cousin)Harriet Cordner (Grand-daughter)

Don Cordner

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 4,993rd player to appear, 1,039th most games played, 3,414th most goals kickedMelbourne: 595th player to appear, 43rd most games played, 276th most goals kicked




One of four brothers to play for Melbourne, Don Cordner began his senior football career with Melbourne University, and made his VFL debut for the Fuchsias in the 1941 second semi final against Carlton. A fortnight later he had the distinction of appearing in a premiership team in only his second league match as Melbourne overcame the Grand Final challenge of Essendon by 29 points. 

Strong, solid, tireless and dependable, Don Cordner played most of his ten season, 166-game VFL career as a follower resting in defence. He captained Melbourne in 1948-9 and was a VFL representative in both years. His most satisfying all round season was undoubtedly 1948 when he not only skippered his club to a flag but earned himself a Brownlow Medal to boot. 

Somewhat surprisingly, however, he failed to land Melbourne's 1948 club champion award, that honour falling to Jack Mueller. Cordner had previously won the award himself in 1943. During the 2000 season, Don Cordner was selected, along with his younger brother Denis, in Melbourne's official 'Team of the Twentieth Century'.

Author - John Devaney


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