Don Cordner

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Don Cordner
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Personal information
Full name Donald Cordner
Date of birth (1922-01-21)21 January 1922
Date of death 13 May 2009(2009-05-13) (aged 87)
Original team Melbourne University (MAFA)
Height/Weight 188cm / 89kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1941–1950 Melbourne 166 (23)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1950 season.
Career highlights

Dr Donald Cordner (21 January 1922 – 13 May 2009) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1940s. His brothers Denis, John and Ted also played for the club.

Cordner played for Melbourne University prior to joining the VFL, studying medicine when not on the football field.

A ruckman who was also used in defence, Cordner made his debut for Melbourne in the 1941 finals series, playing in their winning grand final in just his second appearance for the club. Rarely injured, he played 144 consecutive games between 1942 and 1950.[1]

Cordner was Melbourne's best and fairest in 1943 and was a Brownlow Medal winner in 1946, finishing equal 6th the following season. He was club captain in 1948 and 1949, the former in a premiership season. He also captained Victoria in interstate football in the same year. Cordner was also the first Melbourne Cricket Club member to receive the Brownlow Medal.[2]

He retired from football after the 1950 season and went on to become a member of the VFL Tribunal as well as serving the Melbourne club committee.

In 2000 he was named in the back pocket in Melbourne's official 'Team of the Century'.

Don Cordner died on 13 May 2009 at age 87.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Brownlow Medal Winners – Donald Cordner". 2007. Retrieved 19 August 2007. 
  2. ^ Geoff McClure (27 September 2004). "Sporting Life". Melbourne: The Age. Retrieved 19 August 2007. 
  3. ^ Former Demon Don Cordner dies The Age. Retrieved on 13 May 2009.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Allan La Fontaine
Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medallist
Succeeded by
Norm Smith
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Norm Smith
Melbourne Football Club Captain
Succeeded by
Shane McGrath