Playing Career
1967-1977 – Fitzroy



Playing Honours
Fitzroy Best & Fairest – 1968, 1970-71, 1973, 1977
Fitzroy Captain – 1973-77
Fitzroy Leading Goal Kicker – 1971, 1976
AFL Hall of Fame
Fitzroy Team of the Century
Fitzroy Kings of the Pride (1967-1976)
Lions Life Member
Fitzroy Greatest Team (1944-93)
Victorian State Representative (9 times)


In an era which produced some of Fitzroy greatest ever champions, John Murphy stood taller than the rest.

Recruited to the Club from Heidelberg in 1967, he immediately found a spot in the team and enjoyed an unbroken run of 158 consecutive matches – the second longest streak from debut in AFL history.

Murphy was a brilliant ball-winner who gave Fitzroy wonderful service predominantly in the centre or as a rover.

His enormous value to the team was such that he won five Best & Fairest awards – with his first coming in only his second season with the Club.

Murphy also proved damaging across half-forward, and even led Fitzroy’s goal-kicking on two occasions – in 1971 and 1976.

But arguably the greatest individual achievement of his decorated career came in 1973, when he replaced the great Kevin Murray as Fitzroy skipper – a role he cherished throughout his final five seasons at the Lions.