Ted Ellis (footballer)

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Ted Ellis
Personal information
Date of birth (1913-02-23)23 February 1913
Date of death 5 August 2007(2007-08-05) (aged 94)
Height / weight 188 cm / 92 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
Total -
North Melbourne
085 (41)
065 0(2)
150 (43)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1944.
Career highlights

Edward "Ted" Ellis (23 February 1913 – 5 August 2007) was an Australian rules footballer who played with North Melbourne and Footscray in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Ellis was a utility player and made his league debut with North Melbourne in 1933. He represented Victoria at interstate football in the 1937 Perth Carnival. In 1940 he changed clubs, moving to Footscray where he played mostly in defence. Ellis won the Footscray best and fairest award in 1942.[1]

During the depression of the 1930s, Ellis, at the age of 15, took swag to back and headed to country Victoria in search of work. Outside of football, Ellis was a fireman, and drove a truck on his rostered days off. He had six children, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. His two eldest sons also played League football: Lindsay Ellis played for Footscray and Kingsley Ellis played for Fitzroy. One of Ellis's grandsons, Daniel Merriweather, is a singer-songwriter whose debut album Love and War went to number two on the UK charts in 2009. He has also won two ARIA awards, in 2005 and 2009.


  1. ^ Green, Warwick (8 August 2007). "Oldest Roo bounced with the best". The Age. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 

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