Carlton Football Club is mourning the loss of Ted Hopkins, a beloved member of the club’s 1970 premiership team. Hopkins passed away on Monday, November 20, 2023, at the age of 74.
Hopkins played just 29 games for Carlton between 1969 and 1971, but he made an indelible mark on the club and the history of Australian rules football. He was known for his blond mop of hair, his athleticism, and his knack for kicking goals in big moments.
Hopkins’ most famous moment came in the 1970 VFL Grand Final, when he was subbed into the game in the second half and kicked four goals to help Carlton overcome a 44-point deficit and win the premiership. He was a cult hero for Carlton fans and was affectionately known as “The Blonde Bomber.”
Hopkins was a modest and unassuming man who never sought the limelight. He was a true team player and was always willing to put the needs of the team ahead of his own.
Hopkins will be remembered as one of the most loved and respected figures in Carlton’s history. He was a true champion of the game and will be sadly missed.
Tributes Pour In for Ted Hopkins
Tributes have poured in for Hopkins from former teammates, coaches, and fans.
Carlton legend Ron Barassi, who coached Hopkins in the 1970 premiership, said: “Ted Hopkins was a great player and a great person. He was a true underdog who always gave his all.”
Former teammate Robert Walls said: “Ted Hopkins was a legend of the game. He was a great player and a great mate.”
Carlton fan Peter Jones said: “Ted Hopkins was a Carlton hero. He will never be forgotten.”
Ted Hopkins’ Legacy
Ted Hopkins will be remembered as a true Carlton champion. He was a gifted athlete, a team player, and a role model for many. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.