Ted Holdsworth

Henry Edwin Arthur "Ted" Holdsworth (26 January 1917 – 23 September 1984[2]) was an Australian rules footballer who was highly successful in the West Australian National Football League (WANFL) playing for the Swan Districts Football Club.

Ted Holdsworth
Personal information
Full name Henry Edwin Arthur Holdsworth
Date of birth (1917-01-26)26 January 1917[1]
Date of death 23 September 1984(1984-09-23) (aged 67)
Position(s) Full forward, full-back
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1935–38, 1940–41, 1945–47 Swan Districts 143 (532)
1939 Kalgoorlie City
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1945–46 Western Australia 2
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1939 Kalgoorlie City
1952 Swan Districts 20 (2–18–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1947.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 1946.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1952.
Source: AustralianFootball.com

A fine full forward who was a strong overhead mark and a very accurate kick Holdsworth topped the top goal kicker list at Swan Districts during his career. In 1937 and 1938 he kicked 109 and 116 goals respectively yet never topped the WANFL goal kickers list.[3]

Undoubtedly Holdsworth would have kicked even more goals if he were part of a more successful team and had not been called to play in defence to prevent other sides from kicking higher totals against the struggling Swans.

Holdsworth played twice for Western Australia, once at full forward and in the 1946 side that played South Australia Holdsworth played at fullback as he was also regarded as a fine backman.[4]

Retiring as a player in 1947, Holdsworth had played 143 games for the club and booted 532 goals the second-most of any Swans player after Eric Gorman. He went on to coach Swan Districts in 1952 and later became vice president of the club. He is named in the Swan Districts Team of the Century at full forward. His grandson, Ryan Turnbull, later played senior football for Claremont, East Perth, and the West Coast Eagles.


  1. "Ted Holdsworth (Swan Districts)". wafl.com.au. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  2. "Ted Holdsworth: Goal Kicking Champion". Archived from the original on 22 August 2007. Retrieved 18 December 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. "Full Points Footy – Ted Holdsworth". 2007. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2007.
  4. "WAFL History – WA State Teams 1904–1950". 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2007.
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