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Key Facts

Full name
Edward Thomas

Known as
Ted Thomas

9 August 1898

8 May 1965 (aged 66)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 271d
Last game: 33y 286d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs
Oakleigh; Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 3, 12

Recruited from
Oakleigh (1921); Melbourne (1929)

Family links
Leon Baker (Grandson)

Ted Thomas

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
OakleighVFA1918-1920, 1929-1931
MelbourneV/AFL1921-1928, 193210430.0356%0

AFL: 2,610th player to appear, 2,276th most games played, 7,031st most goals kickedMelbourne: 385th player to appear, 155th most games played, 668th most goals kicked

Ted Thomas was a superb half back flank specialist who began his senior career with Oakleigh after the First World War before being signed by Melbourne in 1921. Since winning their only VFL pennant in 1900, the Redlegs had persistently under-achieved, and this pattern continued during Thomas' first four seasons at the club. In 1925, however, Bert Chadwick took over as coach, sparking an immediate improvement: Melbourne reached the finals that season for the first time in a decade, and the following year upset the odds with a storming 17.17 (119) to 9.8 (62) Challenge Final defeat of Collingwood. Playing in his usual spot on a half back flank, Thomas was a key contributor to the win.

In 1930-31, he was a member of two more premiership sides, this time back at Oakleigh, where he played between 1929 and 1931. His final season in league football came at Melbourne in 1932, bringing his final tally of VFL games to 104 in nine seasons.

Author - John Devaney


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