From: South Bendigo
Number: 2 (1929-1934)
Victorian state player - 1933
Half-back who was convinced to take a shot at VFL football after starring for a Bendigo representative team against a Victorian side in 1927. He comfortably beat Austin Robinson, one of the best players of his era, and Melbourne eventually won the race for his signature against competition from Carlton and Hawthorn. He was expected to debut in 1928 but remained in Bendigo until relocating to the city to live and work the next year.
Denied a clearance to Carlton early in the 1932 season, Murray played out the year. He applied for an open clearance before 1933 and was again refused. He stayed at Melbourne and played for Victoria but also missed six weeks through injury. Murray only played one game in 1934 before being cleared to VFA side Preston in July of that year.
Murray retired from playing at the end of 1937 and coached Preston the next year but did not complete the season in charge. He played again until 1940. Also played in the Police League as a serving officer, and in 1944 he was stabbed by a soldier when attempting to rescue a woman. He suffered wounds in the hand, the left shoulder penetrating the lung and in the neck. He was admitted to hospital in a critical condition.
|Round 6, 1930||Elbowing||Not Guilty|
Possibly the Murray from Bendigo who trained with the side in April 1927.