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Ted Whitten

Ted Whitten was chosen by the Footscray Football Club as its player to be included on the inside of the Footscray Stamp Booklet.

He was a Centre Half Back/ Centre Half Forward who played 321 games for Footscray, kicking 364 goals between 1951 and 1970. He won Footscray's Best and Fairest on four occasions.

He coached Footscray from 1957-66 and 1969-71. As a player he participated in their only premiership in 1954 under Captain-Coach Charlie Sutton.

Because of his extraordinary skill and all round ability he was dubbed Mr Football by Ron Barrassi, another Legend of the Game.

After a long battle with prostate cancer he died in 1995.

Mr Football was named at Centre Half Back in the Team of the Century named during the Centenary Season.

"The EJ Whitten Foundation was formed shortly after the great man's death to raise funds to support research into prostate cancer. The E.J. Whitten Legend's Game is now an annual fundraising event which has raised well over $150,000 for prostate cancer research......"

The 1999 game played for the first time outside Victoria was commemorated by 2 covers by Havilah enterprises. One is shown below. Cover 2.

  EJ Whitten Legends Game

On the 4th April 2002 EJ was named at Centre half Back and Captain of the Bulldogs Team of the Century.