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.

Personal details

Date of birth
July 27th, 1933
Date of death
August 17th, 1995 at age of 62
Cause of death
Prostate cancer

Namesakes

1.E. J. Whitten Legends Game

Recurring event
The E. J. Whitten Legends Game is an annual charity Australian rules football All-star game, where retired star players are reunited, along with selected non-footballing celebrities, in a State of Origin interstate game, between Victoria and the All Stars.

2.Whitten Oval

Sports Facility
Whitten Oval is a stadium in the inner-western suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia located at 417 Barkly Street, Footscray. It is the training and administrative headquarters of the Western Bulldogs Football Club, which competes in the Australian Football League, and the home ground of its reserves team, which competes in the Victorian Football League. Formerly known as the Western Oval, it was renamed in honour of Ted Whitten, a former player, captain and coach for the Club. A statue of Whitten was also erected at the entrance of the Oval.
Located in Geolocation
Melbourne
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Wikipedia

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