John Murphy (Australian rules footballer)
|Full name||John Murphy|
|Date of birth||20 November 1949|
|Height / weight||183 cm / 83 kg|
|1978–1979||South Melbourne||23 (40)|
|1979–1980||North Melbourne||9 (8)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1980.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Murphy debuted with the Fitzroy Football Club in 1967 after being recruited from Heidelberg, and went on to set the record for consecutive games played from debut -158 matches. This record held until 2005 when surpassed by Jared Crouch from Sydney.
Murphy was made captain of Fitzroy in 1973, a position he held until he left the club at the end of the 1977 season after 214 games and winning five Fitzroy Club Champions across half-forward and in the midfield. His departure was due to internal disputes with the club over his comments over some players that he thought should have been discarded from the club.
In 1978, he moved to South Melbourne playing 23 games in a season and a half. He again changed clubs late in the 1979 season, moving to North Melbourne where he played his first ever finals match. He retired from the VFL in 1980 after injuries struck.
Following his playing career, Murphy had two coaching stints in the VFA/VFL. He coached Werribee briefly from 1983 until 1985, without much success. Then, from 1993 to 1998, John Murphy was coach of the Box Hill Football Club and is the Club's longest serving coach. He coached the Club to its first Division One grand final in the VFA in 1994, in which Box Hill was defeated by Sandringham by the narrow margin of 9 points. He received life membership of the Box Hill Football Club in 1998.
Murphy currently works as the Dispute Settlement Officer in the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League.
His son, Marc Murphy, was the number one draft pick in the 2005 AFL Draft. Marc considered a move to the Brisbane Lions under the father-son rule, as John played for Fitzroy, a club that merged with the Brisbane Bears to form the Lions. However, he nominated for the National Draft instead, and was selected by Carlton with the first overall selection.
After Marc's 100th game in 2010, Marc, John and John's father Leo Murphy (who played 132 games for Hawthorn in the 1930s) became the only father-son-grandson combination in league history to each play 100 games.
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