DOB: 25 May 1962
Debut: Round 1, 1982 against Sydney at SCG
Last MFC Game: Round 5, 1987 against Brisbane Bears at Carrara
From: Greensborough/Old Melburnians
Number: 28 1982-1987
Under 19s Leading Goalkicker - 1981
Reserves Leading Goalkicker - 1983
Games: 53 (total 58)
Goals: 64 (total 67)
The son of Ted Cordner kicked 111 goals for the season in the 1981 Under 19's side, including 12 against Hawthorn in the Semi Final, and won a premiership before graduating to the seniors the next year.
His debut season was ruined by injury, and he was demoted to the supplementary list a month into the year. Knee surgery eventually ended his year on three senior matches. Cordner returned but continued to be a regular on the injury list across 1983 before finally playing a breakout season in 1984 where he booted 32 goals in 17 games.
Despite a career high seven goals in the Round 1, 1985 victory over Fitzroy, Cordner failed to kick a goal between round 9 and round 20 that year and Ron Barassi experimented with him as a defender later in the season.
A broken collarbone suffered during a 1986 practice match against Geelong delayed Cordner's start until Round 8, returning as a defender and only booting three goals for the season.
Cordner played one game in 1987 before being dropped, and had his jaw broken in a Reserves game. He didn't play another match for the season and crossed to Sydney in 1988 as a replacement for Warwick Capper who had just defected to the Brisbane Bears. They paid $60,000 to beat out offers from Footscray and Geelong, but Cordner's stay was not successful as he kicked just three goals in five games before ending his VFL career.
Also wore number 56 in 1981 Reserves games.
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No possessions in a match
Age - 23/04/1982
Age - 28/07/1982
Inside Football - 22/03/1984
Inside Football - 20/03/1986
Inside Football - 22/05/1986
Age - 05/05/1987
Sydney Morning Herald - 01/04/1988