#Throwback Thursday: Kevin Murray

Legend… No word could better describe Kevin ‘Bulldog’ Murray, who is still to this day, one of the Lions’ greatest success stories.

He was formally acknowledged in 2012 when he was inducted into the Brisbane Lions’ Hall of Fame as a Club Legend.

Murray has a long list of achievements having started his AFL career at only 16 years of age.

Murray played a total of 333 games for Fitzroy, played at state level 30 times and captained the Fitzroy side for eight seasons during his time with the club.

He holds the Club record for the most ‘Best and Fairest’ awards, having won it a staggering nine times.

In 1969 Murray became the oldest player to win the prestigious Brownlow Medal in 1969 at the age of 31.

In an interview with Lions TV, Murray said that as a junior player joining the side he had idolized a lot of the senior players, such as Colin Davey, Kenny Ross and Norm Johnson who all looked out for him and gave him a bit of advice.

As he became more established in the team he tried to become a mentor and idol for younger players, hoping to do for them what his idols had done for him.

Some of Murrary’s fondest and proudest memories include being chosen as captain of the ‘Team of the Century’, being awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) from the Queen and introducing Prince Phillip to the Fitzroy side in 1970.

Murray is very humble over his achievements but says, “in football you might have some ability, but you have got to have some luck on your side.”

Murray continues to be a loyal supporter of the Lions, and an icon for many fans and players.

 

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