Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Edward Pruen Cordner Jnr

Known as
Ted Cordner

31 January 1919

4 March 1996 (aged 77)

Medical practioner

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 155d
Last game: 27y 247d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 28, 23

Family links
Ted Cordner Snr (Father)Don Cordner (Brother)Denis Cordner (Brother)John Cordner (Brother)David Cordner (Son)Harry Cordner (Uncle)Larry Cordner (Cousin)Harriet Cordner (Great niece)

Ted Cordner

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
MelbourneV/AFL1941-1943, 19465200.0062%7
Total1941-1943, 19465200.0062%7

AFL: 4,953rd player to appear, 4,145th most games played, 11,320th most goals kickedMelbourne: 591st player to appear, 320th most games played, 1,211th most goals kicked

The oldest of four brothers to play league football for Melbourne, Ted Cordner was also, in some people's opinion, the most talented, but his medical career restricted him to just 52 senior games in six seasons. Extremely powerful, and boasting good pace despite his hefty, 188cm, 89kg frame, he was also - unlike his brothers - a more than useful kick. 

He joined Melbourne in 1941, having played previously with University Blacks, and at the end of the year helped his side to a 29 point grand final win over Essendon. On the personal front, his form had been exceptional all season, although Allan La Fontaine somewhat surprisingly won the Fuchsias' best and fairest player award.

After a 1943 season during which his form was once again outstanding, Ted Cordner only managed sporadic league appearances owing to his work as a naval doctor. However, he did manage one interstate match for the VFL in 1946, and he rounded off his VFL career with a solid performance at centre half back in that year's losing Grand Final against Essendon. He then returned to the VAFA with Old Melburnians.

Author - John Devaney


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