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Edward James Whitten Jnr
15 March 1957 (age 66)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 43d
Last game: 25y 138d
Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Ted Whitten Snr (Father)Don Whitten (Uncle)
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AFL: 8,655th player to appear, 1,388th most games played, 759th most goals kickedFootscray: 633rd player to appear, 68th most games played, 42nd most goals kicked
Few footballers have been blessed with such exorbitant amounts of talent as Ted Whitten senior and, unsurprisingly, his son, also named Ted, was not one of them. What he was though was a perfectly capable footballer who might have achieved much more during his career had not the curtain come down on it, owing to injury, so prematurely.
Whitten junior made his senior VFL debut in 1974 when aged just seventeen. Between 1974 and 1982 he played 144 VFL games and kicked 133 goals and was good enough to earn selection for Victoria twice. His enforced retirement came after a botched knee operation when he was just twenty-five.
In later years Whitten junior helped set up the EJ Whitten Legends Game, a charity football match which raises funds for prostate cancer research, the disease which claimed his father.
Author - John Devaney