Kevin Murray (Australian footballer)

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Kevin Murray
Personal information
Date of birth (1938-06-18) 18 June 1938 (age 77)
Original team(s) Fitzroy thirds
Debut Round 4, 7 May 1955, Fitzroy
v. Geelong, at Brunswick Street Oval
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1955–1964
1965–1966
1967–1974
Fitzroy
East Perth
Fitzroy
166 (13)
044 (20)
167 (38)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
Victoria
Western Australia
24
06
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1963-1964
1965-1966
Fitzroy
East Perth

34 (0-34-0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1974 season.
Career highlights

Club

Representative

Kevin Joseph 'Bulldog' Murray MBE[1] (born 18 June 1938) was a champion Australian rules footballer who played for the Fitzroy Football Club in the Victorian Football League in 333 games over 18 seasons.

Murray played for Fitzroy from 1955 to 1964, and from 1967 to 1974, winning nine best-and-fairest awards for the club. He was playing coach of Fitzroy in 1963, a job he also filled in 1964, along with representing and captaining his home state of Victoria.

Although only 5'10" (178 cm) tall, he had a very long reach: In his own words, he felt his arm span was more like that of a player 6'6" tall (198 cm).[2]

In 1965 Murray moved to Western Australia to captain/coach East Perth Football Club. Over two seasons he played 44 West Australian National Football League (WANFL) games. In 1965 he won the Simpson Medal for best player in the WA v VFA interstate match and also won East Perth's best-and-fairest award. In 1966 he captained WA at the 1966 Hobart Carnival and led East Perth to the WANFL Grand Final which they lost to Perth (captain/coached by former East Perth player Mal Atwell who had switched to Perth because he didn't agree with Murray's methods).

His return to Fitzroy in 1967 was triumphant. He won the club's best-and-fairest award in his first two years back, and in 1969 he was awarded the Brownlow Medal.

Amongst Murray's other honours, he was named an All-Australian player in 1958 and 1966.

His 333 games for Fitzroy was a then VFL record, but 208 of these games resulted in losses, the most ever suffered by a single player in the VFL/AFL. He also played 44 games for East Perth, 24 for Victoria and 6 for Western Australia.

From 1975 until 1976, Murray served as captain-coach of the Sandringham Football Club in the Victorian Football Association.[3]

At the end of the 1996 season, Fitzroy merged with the Brisbane Bears to form the Brisbane Lions. Murray was a great supporter of the new entity, and the Lions' club championship award, the Merrett-Murray Medal, is part-named in Murray's honour. Murray has been inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame, and was elevated to legend status in 2010.[4]

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References[edit]

  • Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2004). The Encyclopaedia of AFL Footballers: Every Brisbane and Fitzroy AFL Player Ever. Melbourne: BAS Publishing. ISBN 1-920910-09-3.