Ted Hopkins’s obituary and cause of death have been explored in this report. In this report, we will delve into the details of the demise that has left numerous netizens and football enthusiasts scouring the internet for relevant information. Stay tuned for more information.
Who was Ted Hopkins?
Ted Hopkins was an Australian footballer, businessman, and writer. He was most notable for his four-goal effort in the second half of Carlton’s remarkable victory in the 1970 VFL Grand Final.
Ted Hopkins career
Hopkins, hailing from Moe, was a prominent player for the Carlton Football Club, having played 29 senior games as a small rover. However, his most notable performance was during Carlton’s triumph over Collingwood in the 1970 VFL Grand Final. Despite starting on the bench, Hopkins was substituted onto the field as the 19th man for Bert Thornley at half-time. In just fifteen minutes, he managed to score three goals and assisted on another to Alex Jesaulenko, leading Carlton to score seven goals and erase Collingwood’s 44-point half-time lead. Hopkins scored a fourth goal in the final quarter, ultimately helping Carlton win the Grand Final by ten points. Although he played only one more game for Carlton after the 1970 Grand Final, Hopkins retired from football after kicking a total of 10 goals to pursue other interests.
Hopkins has authored numerous works of published fiction and poetry. In addition, he has held positions as a journalist, publisher, and radio presenter. His most recent endeavor involved TedSport, a project centered around high-performance sports analysis. Furthermore, he played a pivotal role in establishing Champion Books, the Backyard Press Printing Co-operative, and Champion Data, a sports-statistics company specializing in Australian rules football.
Ted Hopkins football exploits
Ted Hopkins, the blond mop-topped rover/forward in the long-sleeved dark navy No.7, played a pivotal role in what is widely regarded as the greatest Grand Final of all time. Despite being remembered as football’s most famous benchwarmer, Hopkins quite literally kick-started Carlton’s incredible second-half revival in that famous contest against Collingwood some 53 years ago. As the 19th man, he spent the first half of the 1970 Grand Final watching on with the record audience of 121,696, sharing the bench with another Gippsland recruit, the late Neil Chandler, who copped an eye injury from a wayward football in the pre-match warm-up. However, Hopkins got the call-up as the players emerged from the rooms for the third quarter, having sparked Carlton’s second-half revival against Collingwood in the second-semi. Coach Ron Barassi acted on a gut feel as he walked down the race that the time was right for Hopkins to impact the game once again.
Ted Hopkins cause of death and obituary
Ted Hopkins passed away on Monday, November 20, following a prolonged illness. The specific details regarding the ailment that claimed his life have not been disclosed. His obituary has been widely circulated on Facebook to validate the news of his demise.
His friend Ian Faulkner took to Facebook to announce thus:
“Ted Hopkins, ALF Carlton champion footballer died today aged 74. Famous for coming on at half time in a Collingwood Carlton grand final and kicking the winning scores. He then created Champion data system that most AFL clubs still use today. Ted was also a champion water skier and was the reserve for the Australian team for the 1965 Surfers Paradise World Championships. Photo 1, Ted far right and part of the Ron Marks ski team in 1965 Photo 2, Ted and 8 times Moomba Masters champion Kaye Thurlow doing a promo shoot for the Moomba Masters in 1969. Condolences to his family.”