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Marcus Whelan

Marcus Whelan

1933-1942, 1946-1947
28
Other Guernsey Nos.
2, 21, 23, 26, 30, 39

173 CFC Games Played

31 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
27 June 1914
Date of Death
31 August 1973
Recruited From
Darley
Collingwood Debut
Round 4, 1933
Height:
175cm
Weight:
67kg

Biography

An outstanding centreman from Darley near Bacchus Marsh who was a towering mark for his height and a driving kick.

A sizeable chunk of his career was cut out by war service.

Whelan was a perfect footballer with tremendous polish whether playing in the centre or as a defender. He possessed that indefinable attribute of always having plenty of time in everything he did, but his game thrived on confidence.

As a youngster he went back home to the country after three games. Fortunately, Collingwood talked him into coming back and he slotted into the position vacated by Jack Beveridge.

It set him on the road to the top and he won the Brownlow Medal and Copeland Trophy in 1939.

When Jack Regan was temporarily sidelined, Whelan offered to stand in as full-back despite his lack of inches. Not surprisingly he did the job perfectly.

Even a three year break through war service did not dim his brilliance and he was still a good contributor at the age of 32.

Whelan played for Victoria three times and his son, Shane, played for the Magpies between 1967 and 1969.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1933-1942, 1946-1947 173 31 18 67%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1933 8 6 0 0 39

1933 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 4 Richmond L 0 39 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne L 0 39 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 0 0 0 39 View match >
Round 14 Sydney L 0 39 View match >
Round 15 Richmond W 2 0 39 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 1 0 0 39 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne W 3 0 0 39 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 0 39 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1934 18 10 0 0 28

1934 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 2 Essendon W 2 0 28 View match >
Round 3 Hawthorn W 1 0 28 View match >
Round 4 Richmond W 0 28 View match >
Round 5 Geelong D 0 28 View match >
Round 6 Fitzroy W 0 28 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne W 0 28 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 0 28 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne W 0 28 View match >
Round 10 Carlton W 0 28 View match >
Round 11 Western Bulldogs W 0 0 0 28 View match >
Round 12 Sydney L 0 0 0 28 View match >
Round 13 Essendon W 1 0 0 28 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn W 5 0 0 28 View match >
Round 15 Richmond L 0 28 View match >
Round 16 Geelong L 1 0 28 View match >
Round 17 Fitzroy W 0 28 View match >
Round 18 North Melbourne W 0 28 View match >
Semi Final Sydney L 0 28 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1935 16 2 0 0 28

1935 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney W 1 0 28 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy D 0 28 View match >
Round 3 Essendon W 0 0 0 28 View match >
Round 4 Geelong W 0 28 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne W 0 28 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn W 0 28 View match >
Round 12 Sydney L 0 28 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 0 28 View match >
Round 15 Geelong W 1 0 28 View match >
Round 14 Essendon W 0 28 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne D 0 28 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 0 28 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 0 28 View match >
Semi Final Sydney L 0 28 View match >
Preliminary Final Richmond W 0 28 View match >
Grand Final Sydney W 0 28 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1936 19 4 0 21

1936 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 0 21 View match >
Round 2 Richmond W 0 21 View match >
Round 3 Fitzroy W 1 0 21 View match >
Round 4 Essendon W 0 21 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda W 0 21 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 0 21 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 0 21 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs W 0 21 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne W 0 21 View match >
Round 10 Sydney L 0 21 View match >
Round 11 Geelong L 0 21 View match >
Round 12 Hawthorn W 0 21 View match >
Round 13 Richmond W 0 21 View match >
Round 15 Essendon W 1 0 21 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 0 21 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 2 0 21 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 0 21 View match >
Semi Final Sydney W 0 21 View match >
Grand Final Sydney W 0 21 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1937 18 3 0 0 28

1937 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 0 28 View match >
Round 2 Sydney W 0 28 View match >
Round 3 North Melbourne W 0 28 View match >
Round 4 Western Bulldogs W 0 28 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne L 0 28 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 0 28 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda L 2 0 28 View match >
Round 8 Essendon W 0 28 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy W 0 28 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 0 28 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn W 0 28 View match >
Round 14 North Melbourne W 0 28 View match >
Round 15 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 28 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 0 28 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 0 28 View match >
Semi Final Richmond W 0 28 View match >
Preliminary Final Melbourne W 0 28 View match >
Grand Final Geelong L 0 0 0 28 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1938 17 0 23

1938 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 2 Essendon W 0 23 View match >
Round 3 Richmond L 0 23 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn W 0 23 View match >
Round 5 Carlton L 0 23 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne W 0 23 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne L 0 23 View match >
Round 11 Sydney W 0 23 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy W 0 23 View match >
Round 13 Essendon L 0 23 View match >
Round 14 Richmond L 0 23 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 0 23 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 0 23 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne W 0 23 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 0 23 View match >
Semi Final Western Bulldogs W 0 23 View match >
Preliminary Final Geelong W 0 23 View match >
Grand Final Carlton L 0 23 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1939 20 2 0 28

1939 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 0 28 View match >
Round 2 Sydney W 0 28 View match >
Round 3 Western Bulldogs W 0 28 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda L 2 0 28 View match >
Round 5 Fitzroy W 0 28 View match >
Round 6 Hawthorn W 0 28 View match >
Round 7 Richmond W 0 28 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 0 28 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne W 0 28 View match >
Round 10 Melbourne L 0 28 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 0 28 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 0 28 View match >
Round 13 Sydney W 0 28 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 0 28 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy W 0 28 View match >
Round 17 Hawthorn W 0 28 View match >
Round 18 Richmond W 0 28 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 0 28 View match >
Preliminary Final St Kilda W 0 28 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 0 28 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1940 12 0 26

1940 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney W 0 26 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne L 0 26 View match >
Round 6 Essendon W 0 26 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 0 26 View match >
Round 8 Richmond L 0 26 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs L 0 26 View match >
Round 10 Fitzroy L 0 26 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn W 0 26 View match >
Round 12 Sydney W 0 26 View match >
Round 13 Geelong L 0 26 View match >
Round 14 Carlton L 0 26 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 0 26 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1941 15 2 0 28

1941 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond L 0 28 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 0 28 View match >
Round 3 Fitzroy W 0 28 View match >
Round 4 Western Bulldogs W 0 28 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne L 0 28 View match >
Round 6 Carlton L 1 0 28 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne W 0 28 View match >
Round 8 Essendon W 0 28 View match >
Round 9 St Kilda W 1 0 28 View match >
Round 10 Sydney L 0 28 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 0 28 View match >
Round 14 Fitzroy W 0 28 View match >
Round 15 Western Bulldogs W 0 28 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne L 0 28 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 0 28 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1942 6 2 0 2

1942 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 5 Hawthorn L 0 2 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs L 0 2 View match >
Round 11 Carlton L 1 0 2 View match >
Round 12 Sydney L 1 0 2 View match >
Round 14 Richmond L 0 2 View match >
Round 16 Hawthorn W 0 2 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1946 18 0 30

1946 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 0 30 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 0 30 View match >
Round 3 North Melbourne W 0 30 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda W 0 30 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 0 30 View match >
Round 9 Essendon L 0 30 View match >
Round 10 Sydney W 0 30 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne L 0 30 View match >
Round 12 Hawthorn W 0 30 View match >
Round 14 North Melbourne W 0 30 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 0 30 View match >
Round 16 Richmond L 0 30 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 0 30 View match >
Round 18 Geelong W 0 30 View match >
Round 19 Carlton L 0 30 View match >
Semi Final Essendon D 0 30 View match >
Semi Final Essendon L 0 30 View match >
Preliminary Final Melbourne L 0 30 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1947 6 0 30

1947 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 0 30 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 0 30 View match >
Round 3 Geelong W 0 30 View match >
Round 4 Sydney W 0 30 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne L 0 30 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs L 0 30 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 173 31 0
Avg/Game   0.18 0.00
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

364

Total AFL Games
173
Total AFL Goals
31
CFC Debut
Round 4, 1933
CFC Last Game
Round 6, 1947
Recruited From
Darley
Full Name
Marcus Whelan

Awards

  • Brownlow Medallists
    1939
  • Life Members
    1945
  • CFC Hall of Fame
    2005
  • CFC Team of the Century
  • E.W. Copeland Trophy (Best and Fairest)
    1939
  • x2
    Runner up Best and Fairest (R.T. Rush Trophy)
    1936, 1940
  • Third Best and Fairest (J.J. Joyce Trophy)
    1937
  • x2
    Premiership
    1935, 1936
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