Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Edwin Kennedy

Known as
Ted Kennedy

7 September 1877

23 July 1948 (aged 70)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 239d
Last game: 32y 25d

Height and weight
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Senior clubs
Essendon; Carlton

Recruited from
Essendon (1904)

Family links
Jim Kennedy (Brother)

Ted Kennedy

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 613th player to appear, 1,292nd most games played, 4,280th most goals kickedEssendon: 65th player to appear, 378th most games played, 743rd most goals kickedCarlton: 162nd player to appear, 157th most games played, 369th most goals kicked

Recruited from North Melbourne juniors, Edwin Kennedy made his Essendon debut in the premiership year of 1901, but was forced to miss the Grand Final through injury. After 43 games in three seasons with the Same Old he crossed to Carlton, and it was there that he established himself as one of the foremost wingmen in the game.

During the Blues' halcyon phase of 1906-8, Kennedy joined with centreman Rod McGregor and fellow wingman George Bruce to form arguably the finest centreline combination seen in the VFL up to that point. The trio perfectly complemented each other, with McGregor "the architect and guiding light in the middle, Bruce the man with the lacerating pace and quick turning ability, and Kennedy the silky smooth 'quiet achiever' years before that term became an advertising slogan".¹

Kennedy's Carlton and league career ended abruptly when he quit the club, along with numerous teammates, during the acrimonious in-fighting that led to coach Jack Worrall's sacking in 1910.

 Ted Kennedy’s younger brother Jim also played briefly at Carlton.

Author - John Devaney


1. Carlton: The 100 Greatest by Jim Main and Russell Holmesby, page 280.


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