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Murray Weideman

Murray Weideman

1953-1963
1
Other Guernsey Nos.
16, 2, 27

180 CFC Games Played

262 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
16 February 1936
Recruited From
Preston District
Collingwood Debut
Round 15, 1953
Height:
187cm
Weight:
96kg

Biography

A product of Rivoli, Weideman inspired extreme reaction with his tough, uncompromising tactics. Once in 1959 a bullet was fired through his window following a particularly rough game.

In 1952 he trained at Collingwood for the first time and wasn’t considered good enough for the thirds. By the end of the following season he was 20th man in the flag side.

Weideman’s junior years were spent in the Preston and District Junior Football Association, the same competition which also spawned Ron Barassi, later to become an arch-rival. Weideman soon showed promise as a high-flying centre half forward with a strong pair of hands.

Just over six foot tall, he weighed only 12 and a half stone in the early years, but by the end of his career topped the 15 stone mark and had trouble keeping the poundage down. The more aggressive side of his game did not develop until hard men like Bob Rose retired and Weideman was elevated to the captaincy role. He built the image of an enforcer, but also had the reputation of “copping it sweet” when he was on the receiving end.

Magpie fans loved Weideman and regarded the handsome, well-groomed skipper as a buccaneer at the head of their troops.

Married to a former Miss Victoria, he enjoyed the spotlight but one of his more outlandish moves stunned the Collingwood committee when he announced late in 1962 that he would join the professional wrestling ranks.

He almost lost the captaincy over the issue, but in the end it all blew over. Weideman later said that the only risk of injury was being thrown out of the ring.

“As long as you knew how to fall flat on the seats you would be OK,” he said.

His most enduring mark on the football field was leading Collingwood to the 1958 flag as stand-in skipper for the injured Frank Tuck.

Weideman and the lesser-known Barry “Hooker” Harrison took on the whole Melbourne side in the grand final and left the football side of the afternoon to their teammates. Demon skipper Ron Barassi took the bait and his side followed suit.

He won the Copeland Trophy as Collingwood’s best and fairest player in 1957, 1961 and 1962 and played for his state five times.

He was skipper from 1960 to 1963.

At the age of only 27 Weideman announced that he was quitting Collingwood to take up a country coaching post. After coaching NSW country club Albury he moved to South Australia.

In Adelaide he achieved good results with West Adelaide after going there in 1968 as a playing coach.

He returned as Collingwood coach for 1975. Before long he was at loggerheads with president Ern Clarke in a dispute that spilled over into the public arena.

At the end of 1976 after Collingwood had won its first wooden spoon, Weideman was replaced as coach by Tom Hafey.

His family removed the second “n” from their name in World War II so it would not sound German.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1953-1963 180 262 14 55%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1953 5 4 0 0 16

1953 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 15 Carlton W 0 16 View match >
Round 16 Hawthorn W 3 0 16 View match >
Round 17 Richmond W 1 0 16 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 0 16 View match >
Grand Final Geelong W 0 0 0 16 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1954 15 12 0 27

1954 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Melbourne W 4 0 27 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 1 0 27 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W 2 0 27 View match >
Round 4 Essendon W 1 0 27 View match >
Round 6 Geelong L 1 0 27 View match >
Round 7 Richmond L 0 27 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 1 0 27 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne L 0 27 View match >
Round 11 Western Bulldogs W 0 27 View match >
Round 12 Melbourne W 0 27 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy L 1 0 27 View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W 0 27 View match >
Round 15 Essendon L 0 27 View match >
Round 17 Geelong L 1 0 27 View match >
Round 18 Richmond L 0 27 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1955 18 24 1 0 27

1955 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Western Bulldogs L 1 0 27 View match >
Round 2 North Melbourne W 1 0 27 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn L 0 27 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 0 27 View match >
Round 7 Fitzroy W 3 0 27 View match >
Round 8 Geelong W 0 27 View match >
Round 9 Sydney W 1 0 27 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 4 0 27 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 2 0 27 View match >
Round 12 Western Bulldogs L 0 27 View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W 2 0 27 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 2 0 27 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 1 0 27 View match >
Round 17 Essendon L 0 27 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy W 1 0 27 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 1 0 27 View match >
Preliminary Final Geelong W 3 0 27 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 2 1 0 27 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1956 20 31 0 0 27

1956 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 2 0 27 View match >
Round 2 Sydney W 0 27 View match >
Round 3 Richmond L 0 27 View match >
Round 4 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 27 View match >
Round 5 Carlton L 0 27 View match >
Round 6 Geelong W 2 0 27 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne L 3 0 27 View match >
Round 8 North Melbourne W 2 0 27 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy W 4 0 27 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 2 0 27 View match >
Round 12 Hawthorn W 2 0 27 View match >
Round 13 Sydney W 1 0 27 View match >
Round 14 Richmond W 0 27 View match >
Round 15 Western Bulldogs W 4 0 27 View match >
Round 16 Carlton L 0 27 View match >
Round 17 Geelong W 5 0 27 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne L 0 27 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 3 0 27 View match >
Preliminary Final Western Bulldogs W 0 27 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 0 0 0 27 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1957 15 24 0 27

1957 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Essendon L 0 27 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne L 2 0 27 View match >
Round 3 Geelong W 2 0 27 View match >
Round 4 Sydney W 1 0 27 View match >
Round 5 Fitzroy W 2 0 27 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne L 1 0 27 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs L 1 0 27 View match >
Round 9 Richmond L 4 0 27 View match >
Round 12 Essendon L 1 0 27 View match >
Round 13 Melbourne D 2 0 27 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 3 0 27 View match >
Round 15 Sydney W 2 0 27 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L 2 0 27 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne W 1 0 27 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda L 0 27 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1958 20 24 0 0 27, 1

1958 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Western Bulldogs W 2 0 27 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 0 27 View match >
Round 4 Essendon L 2 0 27 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 2 0 27 View match >
Round 6 Richmond W 1 0 27 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne L 1 0 27 View match >
Round 8 Sydney W 1 0 27 View match >
Round 9 St Kilda W 0 27 View match >
Round 10 Melbourne L 1 0 27 View match >
Round 11 Geelong W 1 0 27 View match >
Round 12 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 27 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 4 0 27 View match >
Round 14 Fitzroy L 1 0 27 View match >
Round 15 Essendon L 0 27 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 1 0 27 View match >
Round 17 Richmond W 1 0 27 View match >
Round 18 North Melbourne L 0 27 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 1 0 27 View match >
Preliminary Final North Melbourne W 2 0 27 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne W 2 0 0 1 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1959 15 36 0 2

1959 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney L 3 0 2 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne L 0 2 View match >
Round 3 Carlton L 0 2 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda L 1 0 2 View match >
Round 9 Essendon W 6 0 2 View match >
Round 10 North Melbourne W 5 0 2 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn W 6 0 2 View match >
Round 12 Sydney W 3 0 2 View match >
Round 13 Melbourne W 3 0 2 View match >
Round 14 Carlton W 3 0 2 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 0 2 View match >
Round 16 Richmond W 1 0 2 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 0 2 View match >
Round 18 Geelong W 3 0 2 View match >
Semi Final Essendon L 2 0 2 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1960 21 30 0 0 1

1960 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 3 0 1 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 1 0 1 View match >
Round 3 Essendon L 4 0 1 View match >
Round 4 Melbourne W 3 0 1 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda L 0 1 View match >
Round 6 Sydney L 1 0 1 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne L 3 0 1 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 1 0 1 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 1 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 1 0 1 View match >
Round 11 Geelong W 1 0 1 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy L 1 0 1 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn L 1 0 1 View match >
Round 14 Essendon W 1 0 1 View match >
Round 15 Melbourne L 2 0 1 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 4 0 1 View match >
Round 17 Sydney W 0 1 View match >
Round 18 North Melbourne W 0 1 View match >
Semi Final Essendon W 2 0 1 View match >
Preliminary Final Fitzroy W 0 1 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 0 0 0 1 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1961 16 10 0 1

1961 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong L 2 0 1 View match >
Round 2 Richmond L 1 0 1 View match >
Round 3 North Melbourne W 2 0 1 View match >
Round 4 Western Bulldogs L 0 1 View match >
Round 5 Fitzroy L 0 1 View match >
Round 6 Carlton L 1 0 1 View match >
Round 7 Essendon W 1 0 1 View match >
Round 10 Sydney W 0 1 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn L 0 1 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 0 1 View match >
Round 13 Richmond W 0 1 View match >
Round 14 North Melbourne L 0 1 View match >
Round 15 Western Bulldogs L 0 1 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L 0 1 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 0 1 View match >
Round 18 Essendon D 3 0 1 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1962 17 48 0 1

1962 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 St Kilda L 0 1 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn L 3 0 1 View match >
Round 3 Sydney W 2 0 1 View match >
Round 4 Melbourne L 0 1 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 0 1 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs L 0 1 View match >
Round 8 North Melbourne W 4 0 1 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy W 4 0 1 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 5 0 1 View match >
Round 11 Essendon L 4 0 1 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda L 3 0 1 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 3 0 1 View match >
Round 14 Sydney W 6 0 1 View match >
Round 15 Melbourne L 4 0 1 View match >
Round 16 Geelong L 1 0 1 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 6 0 1 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 3 0 1 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1963 18 19 0 1

1963 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond W 1 0 1 View match >
Round 2 North Melbourne L 0 1 View match >
Round 3 Hawthorn L 3 0 1 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda L 2 0 1 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne W 0 1 View match >
Round 6 Fitzroy W 0 1 View match >
Round 7 Essendon L 0 1 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 0 1 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs W 0 1 View match >
Round 10 Sydney W 0 1 View match >
Round 11 Geelong L 0 1 View match >
Round 12 Richmond L 1 0 1 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne L 3 0 1 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn L 3 0 1 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda L 0 1 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne L 3 0 1 View match >
Round 17 Fitzroy W 2 0 1 View match >
Round 18 Essendon L 1 0 1 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 180 262 1
Avg/Game   1.46 0.01
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

562

Total AFL Games
180
Total AFL Goals
262
CFC Debut
Round 15, 1953
CFC Last Game
Round 18, 1963
Recruited From
Preston District
Full Name
Murray Weideman

Awards

  • AFL Hall of Fame
    2007
  • Life Members
    1962
  • Reserves/VFL Best and Fairest
    1953
  • x3
    Leading Goalkicker (Gordon Coventry Trophy)
    1959, 1960, 1962
  • CFC Hall of Fame
    2004
  • CFC Team of the Century
  • x3
    E.W. Copeland Trophy (Best and Fairest)
    1957, 1961, 1962
  • x4
    Team Captain
    1960, 1961, 1962, 1963
  • x2
    Premiership
    1953, 1958
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