Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Leonard Murphy

Known as
Len Murphy

23 November 1909

20 December 1996 (aged 87)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 150d
Last game: 31y 259d

Height and weight
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; Footscray

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 17, 20, 22, 16, 18, 19, 14
Footscray: 21

Recruited from
Collingwood (1938); Nhill (1940)

Family links
Frank Murphy (Brother)

Len Murphy

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
V/AFL1928-1937, 1940-19411981330.6774%18.685.4619

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,378th player to appear, 668th most games played, 762nd most goals kickedCollingwood: 316th player to appear, 63rd most games played, 82nd most goals kickedFootscray: 263rd player to appear, 425th most games played, 205th most goals kicked

The younger brother of Frank Murphy, Len Murphy was an altogether tougher and more hard-nosed proposition, who ultimately gave Collingwood somewhat longer, if not necessarily qualitatively superior, service. He actually began at Williamstown, where he captured the attention of a recruiting official from Essendon, but ultimately the lure of playing in the big time alongside his brother proved too strong, and he signed for Collingwood. Between 1928 and 1937 he played a total of 173 VFL games, mainly as a ruckman, and booted 105 goals.

Murphy was a member of premiership-winning combinations in 1928-9-30, but missed the winning Grand Finals of 1935 and 1936 through injury and suspension respectively. After spending the entire losing 1937 Grand Final against Carlton warming the bench, he retired from league football and spent the period from 1938 to 1939 as captain-coach of Wimmera Football League club Nhill. In 1940, however, he made a return to the VFL with Footscray where, over the ensuing couple of seasons, he added a final 25 games and 28 goals before retiring for good.

Author - John Devaney


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