For the 1900's player see Edward Cordner
DOB: 31 January 1919
Died: 4 March 1996
Debut: Round 10, 1941 against Essendon at MCG
Last Game: Grand Final 1946 against Essendon at MCG
From: University Blacks
Number: 28 (1941-1943), 23 (1946)
Premiership Player - 1941
Best First Year Player - 1941
Victorian State player - 1946
The oldest of the 1940s era Cordners - son of John - saw his career restricted due to a medical career. He joined Melbourne from University Blacks and won a Premiership in his first year. He played 11 games in each of his three seasons, and it is often said that if a Brownlow Medal had been awarded in 1943 he would have won it.
He was a powerful, strong defender who had a booming kick and the Demons were worse for his absence when Cordner was forced to miss the 1944 and 1945 seasons due to his service as a doctor with the Royal Australian Navy. In 1942 he'd missed the first month of the season due to examinations to become a doctor.
In 1945 he coached the team from the Navy ship HMAS Vendetta. He returned in 1946 and played a full season - including the losing Grand Final - before returning to the amateurs with Old Melburnians. In retiring from VFL football Cordner told the club he couldn't balance his duties at the Royal Children's Hospital with those of being a league footballer.
He later served on the MFC committee.
Cordner's son David played 52 games for Melbourne between 1982 and 1987.
In 1999 he was named in the Melbourne Grammar Team of the Century.
Players who served during war
Some sources have him from University Blues.
Argus - 24/04/1942
The Australasian - 24/06/1944
Sporting Globe - 17/11/1945
Football Record R1 1947
Australian Football profile
Boyles Football Photos