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
Frank Murphy (Brother)
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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