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Key Facts

Full name
Justin Murphy

Known as
Justin Murphy

Born
24 April 1976 (age 46)

Ethnicity
Indigenous Australian

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 41d
Last game: 29y 112d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; Carlton; Geelong; Essendon

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 34
Carlton: 18
Geelong: 20
Essendon: 28

Recruited from
Richmond (1996); Carlton (2001); Geelong (2002); Carlton (2004)

Justin Murphy

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
RichmondAFL1994-19951290.7575%4.671.421.750
CarltonAFL1996-2000, 2002-20031151050.9142%10.447.444.5714
GeelongAFL20011890.5033%12.228.444.110
EssendonAFL2004-200540280.7050%9.038.085.256
AFL1994-20051851510.8245%9.947.294.4920
Total1994-20051851510.8245%9.947.294.4920

AFL: 10,518th player to appear, 782nd most games played, 635th most goals kickedRichmond: 976th player to appear, 653rd most games played, 421st most goals kickedCarlton: 1,007th player to appear, 142nd most games played, 84th most goals kickedGeelong: 973rd player to appear, 581st most games played, 435th most goals kickedEssendon: 1,044th player to appear, 400th most games played, 265th most goals kicked

One of a select group of footballers to play for four elite clubs, Justin Murphy was an extremely talented outside midfielder who kicked long and was capable of accumulating high disposal tallies.

At his first club, Richmond, he struggled to make an impression, playing just 12 games and registering nine goals in 1994-5. It was a different story at his next port of call, Carlton, where he produced consistently good football in 79 games over five seasons, kicking the impressive tally of 76 goals. Failure to see eye to eye with Blues coach Wayne Brittain led to his being traded to Geelong in 2001 and he enjoyed a fine season, averaging 21 disposals a game, and running third in the club’s best and fairest count. However, his heart remained at Carlton, and the 2002 season saw him back with the Blues. Once again he displayed some good football, but there were also some form lapses, often brought about by his difficulty in shrugging off the attentions of opposition taggers. In 2004, after 115 games and 105 goals in a Carlton jumper, he was traded to Essendon, where he rounded off his career in some style, adding a final 40 AFL appearances and 28 goals over two seasons.

After retiring from the AFL scene Murphy continued to exhibit a penchant for club-hopping as, over the ensuing decade or so, he played for Heidelberg, Tatura and Knox Falcons. He also spent a number of summer seasons playing for Waratah in the NTFL.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Publications

Footnotes

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