Percy Martyn

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Percy Martyn
Personal information
Full name Percy James Martyn
Date of birth 11 May 1891
Date of death 13 January 1962(1962-01-13) (aged 70)
Place of death Melbourne, Victoria
Original team(s) Inglewood
Position(s) Forward, Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1912 St Kilda 09 (11)
1913–15 Richmond 21 (50)
1915, 1918–21 Essendon 45 0(7)
Total 75 (68)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1921.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Percy James Martyn (11 May 1891 – 13 January 1962) was an Australian rules footballer who played with St Kilda, Richmond and Essendon in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Originally from Warrnambool, Martyn began his football career with the Inglewood Football Club in 1909, featuring in the team's 1910 Premiership in the Korong Central District Association. Martyn then moved to the city where he started his league career at St Kilda with three goals in both round one and two of the 1912 VFL season. He crossed to Richmond in 1913 and managed 32 goals from just 12 appearances, including a six-goal haul against University (the equal highest match tally for Richmond to that time), to top their goal-kicking. Martyn's 32 goals saw him become the first Richmond player to pass the 30 goal mark in a season. He was noted as one of the best exponents of the place-kick in the game. After playing the opening two rounds in the 1915 season, Martyn transferred to Essendon where he was used as a defender and earned VFL interstate selection in 1920.

The next stage of Martyn's football career took place in Tasmania, starting in 1922 when he was captain-coach of North Launceston for the year and led them to a NTFA Grand Final. In 1923, Martyn joined North Hobart in the same role, and in 1924 he was appointed coach of Devonport.

Martyn then returned to Victoria where he played for and coached Bendigo league teams Eaglehawk and South Bendigo. In 1939 he returned to his original club of Inglewood as coach, even pulling the boots on for a few games at the age of 47. By 1947 he had settled in Inglewood and was again asked to coach the local team, as well as acting as a local councillor from 1955 to 1960. He died in 1962 at the age of 70.[citation needed]

A noted sportsman, Percy also excelled at cricket, where he was a wicketkeeper for the Tasmanian State team as well as a Bendigo representative side which played the English XI in a tour match. He was also proficient at Bowls and Golf.


  • Percy Martyn's statistics from AFL Tables
  • Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.
  • Rose, David (2016). Bothumpian Blues - 140 Years of the Inglewood Football Netball Club.
  • Inglewood Advertiser, 25th January 1962