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Ron Todd

Ron Todd

1935-1939
21
Other Guernsey Nos.
20, 26, 27

76CFC Games Played

327CFC Goals

Date of Birth
23 October 1916
Date of Death
8 February 1991
Recruited From
Heidelberg Railways
Collingwood Debut
Round 14, 1935
Height:
187cm
Weight:
82kg

Biography

Ron Todd’s League career was over by his 23rd birthday, but he made a huge impact in a very short space of time and is rightly remembered as one of the all-time great forwards.

He was also part of one of the game’s most sensational transfer deals which saw him cross to Williamstown and his name become taboo in the corridors of Victoria Park.

Todd’s mother was great friends of Dick Lee’s wife, and although there was no blood relationship, Todd called Lee uncle and wore the champion’s famous number 13 guernsey as a youngster.

Late in 1935 the 18 year-old made his debut for Collingwood’s senior team, but he spent the afternoon sitting on the reserve bench.

Opportunities were limited by the presence of Gordon Coventry, but Coventry’s shock suspension late in 1936 gave Todd an unexpected opening.

Todd booted four goals from 13 shots in Collingwood’s Grand Final win. It was sufficient to ensure he was given a regular place in the attack even when Coventry returned and he booted 62 goals as a half-forward in 1937.

With Coventry’s retirement Todd assumed the mantle of chief goalkicker.

Known for his great leap, Todd was also blessed with tremendous pace and as a professional runner had many successes at country meetings.

He was unstoppable in 1938 and booted 120 goals to head the goalkicking list. That tally included a stunning 11 goals against Geelong in the Preliminary Final to equal Carlton’s Harry Vallence’s record.

The goal avalanche continued unabated in 1939 with another 11 goal Preliminary Final performance and a total of 121 for the year.

His finals tally of 23 stood as a record until broken by Gary Ablett Senior 50 years later.

By the end of 1939 Todd was on top of the world. He had the capacity to draw crowds and he knew it. He was strongly resentful of the small pickings that came to players from the huge gate takings and said in later years that he had kicked 120 goals in a season for the equivalent of only $130.

Bookmaker Bill Dooley offered Todd 500 pounds to join Williamstown and wealthy Collingwood club backer John Wren was willing to write an open cheque to better Dooley’s offer, but Collingwood refused to let him.

The VFA club had sold membership tickets on the basis of having Todd and “Soapy” Vallence in its team and threatened legal action if Todd backed out of the contract.

He made a serious attempt to return to Collingwood in 1945 only to see the Collingwood committee dithering again.

Still only 28, Todd was an awesome force in the VFA and kicked an Australian record 188 goals in 1945 including a 20 goal bag against Oakleigh. Williamstown won the flag that year and again in 1949 when Todd was captain-coach.

Prematurely silver-haired, he booted 95 goals in his last season for a VFA career record of 672 goals in 141 games to take his overall tally to 999.

In 1997 he selected in the Collingwood Team of the Century, but was soon removed when one of the selectors, John McHale, the son of legendary Collingwood coach Jock McHale, objected to his inclusion.

Todd was inducted into the Collingwood Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1935-1939 76 327 11 72%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1935 4 6 35

1935 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 14 Essendon W 35 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 2 35 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 1 35 View match >
Semi Final Sydney L 3 35 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1936 12 18 20

1936 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 1 20 View match >
Round 2 Richmond W 20 View match >
Round 4 Essendon W 20 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 20 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne W 20 View match >
Round 10 Sydney L 20 View match >
Round 11 Geelong L 2 20 View match >
Round 14 Fitzroy W 5 20 View match >
Round 15 Essendon W 1 20 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 4 20 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 1 20 View match >
Grand Final Sydney W 4 20 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1937 21 62 1 27

1937 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 6 27 View match >
Round 2 Sydney W 5 27 View match >
Round 3 North Melbourne W 3 27 View match >
Round 4 Western Bulldogs W 1 27 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne L 27 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 2 27 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda L 4 27 View match >
Round 8 Essendon W 3 27 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy W 4 27 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 2 27 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn W 2 27 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 4 27 View match >
Round 13 Sydney W 1 27 View match >
Round 14 North Melbourne W 7 27 View match >
Round 15 Western Bulldogs W 3 27 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne L 1 27 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 2 27 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 5 27 View match >
Semi Final Richmond W 2 27 View match >
Preliminary Final Melbourne W 1 27 View match >
Grand Final Geelong L 4 1 27 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1938 20 120 21

1938 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 4 21 View match >
Round 2 Essendon W 7 21 View match >
Round 3 Richmond L 7 21 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn W 9 21 View match >
Round 5 Carlton L 11 21 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne W 10 21 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne L 6 21 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 6 21 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs L 2 21 View match >
Round 10 Geelong W 3 21 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy W 5 21 View match >
Round 13 Essendon L 1 21 View match >
Round 14 Richmond L 4 21 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 9 21 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 7 21 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne W 7 21 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 4 21 View match >
Semi Final Western Bulldogs W 4 21 View match >
Preliminary Final Geelong W 11 21 View match >
Grand Final Carlton L 3 21 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1939 19 121 21

1939 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 8 21 View match >
Round 2 Sydney W 10 21 View match >
Round 3 Western Bulldogs W 5 21 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda L 9 21 View match >
Round 5 Fitzroy W 6 21 View match >
Round 6 Hawthorn W 6 21 View match >
Round 7 Richmond W 6 21 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 7 21 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne W 6 21 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 6 21 View match >
Round 13 Sydney W 5 21 View match >
Round 14 Western Bulldogs W 4 21 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 9 21 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy W 3 21 View match >
Round 17 Hawthorn W 3 21 View match >
Round 18 Richmond W 5 21 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 6 21 View match >
Preliminary Final St Kilda W 11 21 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 6 21 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 76 327 1
Avg/Game   4.30 0.01
Legend
  • GP Games Played
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • T Tackles
  • D Disposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

389

Total AFL Games
76
Total AFL Goals
327
CFC Debut
Round 14, 1935
CFC Last Game
Grand Final, 1939
Recruited From
Heidelberg Railways
Full Name
Ron Todd

Awards

  • x2
    VFL/AFL Leading Goalkicker
    1938, 1939
  • x2
    Leading Goalkicker (Gordon Coventry Trophy)
    1938, 1939
  • CFC Hall of Fame
    2011
  • x2
    Third Best and Fairest (J.J. Joyce Trophy)
    1938, 1939
  • Premiership
    1936
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