Ted Rippon

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Ted Rippon
Personal information
Date of birth 29 April 1914
Date of death 12 December 1991(1991-12-12) (aged 77)
Original team(s) Cheltenham
Debut 22 July 1933 (round 13), Essendon
vs. St Kilda, at St Kilda Cricket Ground
Height / weight 184 cm / 83 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1933–1939 Essendon 69 (12)
1944–1945 St Kilda 17 (19)
Total 86 (31)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1945.
Career highlights
  • 1935: Most Servicable Player (Essendon)
  • Vice president Essendon F.C. (1950–1956)
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Edward C. "Ted" Rippon (29 April 1914 – 12 December 1991) was an Australian rules footballer who played for Essendon prior to his World War II service for St Kilda after the war in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Ted Rippon was recruited by Carlton from Cheltenham, however a series of injuries prevented him from breaking into Carlton Seniors.

He moved to Essendon in 1933, and made his senior debut against St Kilda on 22 July 1933 (round 13 of the home-and-away season). He was a good, hard working, reliable player for Essendon, winning Essendon's Most Serviceable Player award in 1935, who played the most of his 69 senior games in the ruck.

He was often referred to as "Autumn Leaves" because of his propensity to fall over after contesting the ball in the air (Carlton's John Benetti (1958–1965) was also known as "Autumn Leaves Benetti" for a similar reason).

After the war, Ted he spent two seasons with St Kilda (1944–1945), and played 17 senior games.

Ted served on the Essendon Football Club Committee as Vice President from 1950 to 1956.

He was a pallbearer at his business associate John Coleman's funeral on 9 April 1973.[1]

He was also a football commentator on both radio (3AW) and television (HSV 7 Melbourne's "World of Sport").


  1. ^ Miller, Petraitis & Jeremiah, (1997), p.132.


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