27 June 1914
31 August 1973 (aged 59)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 327d
Last game: 32y 331d
Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Collingwood: 39, 28, 21, 23, 26, 2, 30
Shane Whelan (Son)
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Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only
Collingwood recruited Marcus Whelan from Darley in the Bacchus Marsh and Melton Football League, and he made his senior VFL debut in 1933. For most of his 12-season, 173-game war-interrupted career he was a centreman, but later on he played in various defensive positions with equal effectiveness. Although short in stature, he was an excellent overhead mark, and his kicking was superb.
There was a touch of class to everything Whelan did, and his Brownlow Medal win in 1939 was scarcely surprising. He landed the Copeland Trophy (awarded to Collingwood's best and fairest player) the same season. After missing the 1943- 4-5 seasons while on war service, Whelan resumed with the Magpies in 1946, and continued to perform to a high level until his retirement at the end of the following season. He represented the 'Big V' three times.
Author - John Devaney