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Key Facts

Full name
Robert Murray

Known as
Bob Murray

Born
5 April 1942 (age 80)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 15d
Last game: 32y 71d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 6

Bob Murray

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1963, 1965-1972, 1974153140.0965%10.880.664.3139
Total1963, 1965-1972, 1974153140.0965%10.880.664.3139

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 7,440th player to appear, 1,222nd most games played, 4,337th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,095th player to appear, 58th most games played, 370th most goals kicked

Born in Tasmania, Bob Murray moved with his family to Victoria while still a child. After playing with success as a forward at Sandringham in the VFA, he moved to St Kilda, but, in his first three seasons with the Saints, he completely failed to fire. Only after being moved to the backlines did he suddenly come into his own, so much so that, during the mid to late 1960s, he was widely regarded as Australia's premier full back.

A key performer in St Kilda's 1966 Grand Final defeat of Collingwood, Murray made his interstate debut for the VFL the following year, achieved All Australian selection in 1969, and remained a regular in the Big V team until 1970. Boasting perfect timing when contesting the ball in the air, he was doggedly brilliant at ground level - in point of fact, the complete defensive package. Winner of St Kilda's best and fairest award in 1969, Bob Murray played 153 VFL games for the club in 1963, from 1965 to 1972 and in 1974. In 2002, he was selected on the interchange bench in the Saints' official 'Team of the Twentieth Century'.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.