Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Edward Turner

Known as
Ted Turner

20 December 1921

23 September 1981 (aged 59)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 222d
Last game: 24y 254d

Height and weight
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 24, 23

Ted Turner

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1944-19461610.0631%2

AFL: 5,382nd player to appear, 7,106th most games played, 9,007th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 338th player to appear, 498th most games played, 695th most goals kicked

From Mentone, Ted Turner struggled to establish himself at North Melbourne, playing just 16 games and kicking one goal from 1944 to 1946. He made a much better fist of things at Brighton where he established himself as one of the foremost defenders in the VFA. In 1948 he lined up at centre half back for the Penguins as they accounted for the grand final challenge of Williamstown by nine points.

In 1952-3 Turner played for Mornington Peninsula Football League side Frankston, winning a competition best and fairest in the former season. The 1954 season saw him back with Brighton where he was installed as captain-coach and enjoyed a superlative season personally, crowned by a Liston Trophy win. When he retired at the end of the 1955 season he had played 127 VFA games for Brighton and booted four goals. He would be a strong candidate for inclusion in any Penguins ‘best of’ combination.

Author - John Devaney


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