KEVIN MURRAY has been honoured as a Legend of the Australian Football League Hall of Fame in 2010, after his initial induction in 1996 and selection in the AFL Team of the Century. Murray was recruited from the Fitzroy Thirds (Under 19’s) for Season 1955, playing 333 Games and kicking 51 Goals for the Fitzroy Lions in two stints from 1955- 1964 and 1967- 1974. He is regarded as one of the greatest Australian Rules Footballers of all time and his AFL Trading Cards, and those of many of his team-mates are available at qualityafltradingcards.com.
Kevin Murray made his name as a dashing defender, showing uncanny judgement of the ball in flight and using his great pace to skilfully defeat opponents to the ball. He was rarely beaten and drove Fitzroy into attack on numerous occasions, despite the Lions being a perpetual cellar dweller during most of Murray’s career. His determination and attack on the ball were inspirational to his fellow team-mates and the wondrous, loyal Fitzroy Team supporters who were enraptured by Murrays performances, which almost single-handedly drove them to attend weekly in hopes of Club success. Murray was an outstanding mark for his stature, and credits his extra long arms with his ability to continuously outmark taller opponents.
Murray was also remarkably durable, and played 106 Games in succession prior to his appointment as Captain Coach of East Perth Club in Western Australia for Seasons 1965- 1966, and then played a further 167 Games in succession on his return to Fitzroy in 1967. He displayed remarkable willpower to play with injuries that would have kept most players off the field, and is known to have played out the remainder of one season with a shoulder muscle torn from the bone, and showed enormous courage to play his later years in a back brace.
Kevin Murray had an extraordinary List of Achievements during his Playing Career:- Fitzroy Football Club Best and Fairest Player Award on 9 occasions, represented Victoria 24 Times, represented Western Australia 6 Times, All Australian Player in 1958 and 1966, and winner of the 1969 Brownlow Medal at 31 years of age. He also became only the 4th Australian Footballer in history to be awarded an MBE for his services to Australian Football.
Kevin Murray was revered and respected by Australian Football Followers from all clubs, and his career sits very comfortably within the group of Barassi, Whitten, Skilton, Nicholls, Farmer and the like. He continues to inspire and encourage Australian Footballers of all grades and Ages , and is one of the most humble and Finest Ambassadors the Australian Football Code has ever encountered. Kevin Murray is indeed a LEGEND.
Further Reading– KEVIN MURRAY– Heart of the Lion- Author – Chris Donald- First Published 2005, Pennon Publishing, 59 Fletcher Street, Essendon, VIC, 3040. The National Library of Australia Cataloguing ref- 796.336092.
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