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    Re: Teddy EJ Whitten

    Quote Originally Posted by westbulldog View Post
    Ted Whitten was the soul and inspiration of people in the western suburbs. Resilient people but compassionate people. If my memory serves me correct I remember one day at Footscray where he was seriously poleaxed by John Kennedy snr. Minutes later he kicked a 60+m torp through the Barkly street goals. Ted Whitten was Footscray, he never went anywhere else and was aptly Mr Football.
    Well he tried to go to North when we made him retire but they told him he had to start in the reserves , he told them that was never happening , also could have been at the pies they had a first look at him but didn’t think he was good enough.
    Bring back the biff

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    Re: Teddy EJ Whitten

    Quote Originally Posted by ledge View Post
    Well he tried to go to North when we made him retire but they told him he had to start in the reserves , he told them that was never happening , also could have been at the pies they had a first look at him but didn’t think he was good enough.
    EJ Whitten does not and has not ever played reserves grade football and he is not about to start now. Good luck to yers was the exact quote.


    He almost went to Richmond at the end of 1966 too;


    https://www.richmondfc.com.au/news/2...-join-richmond
    "Is it about a bicycle?" he asked.

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    Re: Teddy EJ Whitten

    Quote Originally Posted by Twodogs View Post
    EJ Whitten does not and has not ever played reserves grade football and he is not about to start now. Good luck to yers was the exact quote.


    He almost went to Richmond at the end of 1966 too;


    https://www.richmondfc.com.au/news/2...-join-richmond
    I've been thinking about Teddy going to Richmond. I didn't know until I found it yesterday on Google.

    Could you imagine the pain if Teddy had gone to Richmond? Would it have diminished him in ther eyes of us supporters? Personally I couldn't think of a bigger betrayal.
    "Is it about a bicycle?" he asked.

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    Re: Teddy EJ Whitten

    I never heard this before either I couldn't even begin to imagine. I remember watching The Hawk play for Fitzroy it was heartbreaking but he still had his tricks and I never hated him for it but gee it was hard to watch.
    bulldogs are forever not just when they are winning

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    Re: Teddy EJ Whitten

    Came across this on Facebook:


    A Colourised Photo of Ted Whitten taking a Screamer against North Melbourne at Arden Street in 1960. (Source Peter Vasic - Past Colours)

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    Re: Teddy EJ Whitten

    Great mark, he was a genuine star.
    How awesome does the jumper look?
    Even Norths looks better than now

    Thanks for posting Axe
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    Re: Teddy EJ Whitten

    Great photo of the great EJ!
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    Re: Teddy EJ Whitten

    Quote Originally Posted by GVGjr View Post
    Great mark, he was a genuine star.
    How awesome does the jumper look?
    Even Norths looks better than now

    Thanks for posting Axe
    Jumper is the best one we have had. Current one - red stripe and white stripe are too low and not wide enough.

    Red stripe should be under arm pit as in the Teddy photo. Agree on North as well - much better jumper.
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    Re: Teddy EJ Whitten

    I thought you might like this ode I wrote to the great man a couple of years ago

    TED
    I never will forget it,
    It’s etched inside my head,
    It was at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
    The first time I saw TED.
    All the players looked identical
    In their white, blue and red,
    But one stood out like Superman—
    This man that they called TED.
    Afterwards, when we came home,
    I’d take speckies on my bed
    And pretend I wore the number 3
    Just like my hero TED.
    He’d shake hands with his opponent
    Then he’d smack him in the head,
    Then he’d drive him to the hospital
    This champion bloke named TED.
    He’d flash his famous ‘flick pass’,
    ‘It’s illegal!’ they all said.
    So they changed the rules and banned it,
    But that didn’t worry TED.
    He still dominated matches.
    Men followed as he led.
    They called him ‘Mr Football’.
    He was a beauty, TED!
    He made the ‘Vics’ a power
    That others used to dread.
    He was bigger than the game he played
    You ‘stuck it up ’em’, TED!
    I remember when I read the news
    The great E.J. was dead,
    I could not make myself believe,
    That you were human, TED.
    Now I’ve grown old and he is gone
    And there’s no-one in his stead,
    ’Cause there’s none that can replace him
    The legend that was TED.

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    Re: Teddy EJ Whitten

    Quote Originally Posted by Avoid the rush View Post
    I thought you might like this ode I wrote to the great man a couple of years ago

    TED
    I never will forget it,
    It’s etched inside my head,
    It was at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
    The first time I saw TED.
    All the players looked identical
    In their white, blue and red,
    But one stood out like Superman—
    This man that they called TED.
    Afterwards, when we came home,
    I’d take speckies on my bed
    And pretend I wore the number 3
    Just like my hero TED.
    He’d shake hands with his opponent
    Then he’d smack him in the head,
    Then he’d drive him to the hospital
    This champion bloke named TED.
    He’d flash his famous ‘flick pass’,
    ‘It’s illegal!’ they all said.
    So they changed the rules and banned it,
    But that didn’t worry TED.
    He still dominated matches.
    Men followed as he led.
    They called him ‘Mr Football’.
    He was a beauty, TED!
    He made the ‘Vics’ a power
    That others used to dread.
    He was bigger than the game he played
    You ‘stuck it up ’em’, TED!
    I remember when I read the news
    The great E.J. was dead,
    I could not make myself believe,
    That you were human, TED.
    Now I’ve grown old and he is gone
    And there’s no-one in his stead,
    ’Cause there’s none that can replace him
    The legend that was TED.
    You were right.
    "It's over. It's all over."

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    Re: Teddy EJ Whitten

    Quote Originally Posted by Avoid the rush View Post
    I thought you might like this ode I wrote to the great man a couple of years ago

    TED
    I never will forget it,
    It’s etched inside my head,
    It was at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
    The first time I saw TED.
    All the players looked identical
    In their white, blue and red,
    But one stood out like Superman—
    This man that they called TED.
    Afterwards, when we came home,
    I’d take speckies on my bed
    And pretend I wore the number 3
    Just like my hero TED.
    He’d shake hands with his opponent
    Then he’d smack him in the head,
    Then he’d drive him to the hospital
    This champion bloke named TED.
    He’d flash his famous ‘flick pass’,
    ‘It’s illegal!’ they all said.
    So they changed the rules and banned it,
    But that didn’t worry TED.
    He still dominated matches.
    Men followed as he led.
    They called him ‘Mr Football’.
    He was a beauty, TED!
    He made the ‘Vics’ a power
    That others used to dread.
    He was bigger than the game he played
    You ‘stuck it up ’em’, TED!
    I remember when I read the news
    The great E.J. was dead,
    I could not make myself believe,
    That you were human, TED.
    Now I’ve grown old and he is gone
    And there’s no-one in his stead,
    ’Cause there’s none that can replace him
    The legend that was TED.
    Thanks for posting, you don't post a lot but it's great when you do.
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    Re: Teddy EJ Whitten

    Quote Originally Posted by GVGjr View Post
    Thanks for posting, you don't post a lot but it's great when you do.
    Thank you. I really meant every word when I wrote this. E J was the reason we used to go to the footy.

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    Re: Teddy EJ Whitten

    Good stuff Avoid the rush. I would have loved to have met Ted.
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    Re: Teddy EJ Whitten

    Quote Originally Posted by Eastdog View Post
    Good stuff Avoid the rush. I would have loved to have met Ted.
    You'd have a very weakened right hand if you did Easty.

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    Re: Teddy EJ Whitten

    I just read on Facebook that the demolition of the Whitten Stand is starting next week - has anyone heard about whether the old seats will be available for purchase? Would be a cool memento.

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