Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Edward Bryce

Known as
Ted Bryce

21 December 1912

10 October 1996 (aged 83)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 127d
Last game: 29y 258d

Height and weight
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 8, 31, 9

Recruited from
South Melbourne Districts (1935)

Ted Bryce

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,225th player to appear, 2,210th most games played, 828th most goals kickedEssendon: 483rd player to appear, 158th most games played, 56th most goals kicked

Ted Bryce (Essendon) beat Carney (Carlton) on the wing, and was the most effective player afield. Bryce matched Carney in pace and won in the air.¹

A livewire wingman, and later a forward and change rover, who scouted the packs superbly, Edward Bryce joined Essendon from South Melbourne Districts and gave good service in 106 VFL games between 1935 and 1942, kicking a total of 125 goals. Hyperactive, of solid build, and extremely determined, he incurred an 18 match suspension in 1936 for kicking, but he bounced back to play the best football of his career, highlighted by interstate representation in 1938. Two seasons later he booted 48 goals for the year to top the Dons' list. He was a member of Essendon's losing Grand Final team against Melbourne in 1941, and kicked a couple of goals as a rover changing in the forward pocket. He won the Dons' best utility player trophy in 1938, and the best clubman award two years later.

Author - John Devaney


1. “Sporting Globe”, 13/5/36, page 8. Nevertheless, Carlton won by 102 points.


Full Points Footy Publications, Crème de la Crème


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.