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Ted Whitten

Australian Rules Footballer

Edward James "EJ" Whitten (27 July 1933 – 17 August 1995) was an Australian rules football player and media personality. He played a then-record 321 Victorian Football League (VFL) games for the Footscray Football Club between 1951 and 1970. Whitten is a Legend of the Australian Football Hall of Fame, and became known as "Mr Football". Whitten grew up in the western suburbs of Braybrook and Footscray in Melbourne. As a youth he played for Braybrook on Saturdays and Collingwood Amateurs on Sundays; he was urged by the Collingwood Amateurs coach, Charlie Utting (a former Collingwood VFL star) to try out for the Collingwood team but was told later to come back in a few years after building up body strength. Within 12 months he was playing for Footscray, the team he had always supported. Whitten made his VFL debut in round 1, 1951, against Richmond at the Punt Road Oval and joined a special group of players by kicking a goal with his first kick. This incurred the "wrath" of Richmond's notoriously volatile defender "Mopsy" Fraser, who knocked Whitten out late in the third quarter. Whitten later said that Fraser did him a favour that day, hardening his attitude and making him realise  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1933-07-27

Athlete facts

Sports
Australian rules football

Death

Date of death
1995-08-17
Cause of death
Prostate cancer

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