Marcus Whelan

Marcus Joseph Whelan (27 June 1914 – 31 August 1973)[1] was an Australian rules footballer who played for Collingwood in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Marcus Whelan
Whelan during his Collingwood career
Personal information
Full name Marcus Joseph Whelan
Date of birth (1914-06-27)27 June 1914
Place of birth Bacchus Marsh, Victoria
Date of death 31 August 1973(1973-08-31) (aged 59)
Place of death Mornington, Victoria
Original team(s) Noorat
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1933–42; 1946–47 Collingwood 173 (31)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1947.
Career highlights
  • Collingwood premiership team, 1935, 1936
  • Collingwood Grand Final team, 1937, 1938, 1939
  • Brownlow Medal, 1939
  • Copeland Trophy, 1939
  • Victorian representative 3 times
  • Collingwood Team of the Century
Sources: AFL Tables,


The son of John Whelan and Ellen Margaret Whelan, née Parker, he was born in Bacchus Marsh on 27 June 1914. He married Marjorie Alice Dummett on 14 October 1939.[2]

Whelan's son Shane played for Collingwood between 1967 and 1969; and his granddaughter is the actress/television presenter Nicky Whelan.



Whelan played mostly in the midfield as a centreman, although he played some 40 games at full-back.[3] He was a fine long drop-kick, and an expert place-kick.[4] Whelan won the Brownlow Medal in 1939 and was also awarded Collingwood's best and fairest award, the Copeland Trophy. After fighting in World War II he returned to the Victorian Football League in 1946 and retired at the end of the 1947 season.

St Kilda

In 1948, he was cleared from Collingwood to play with the St Kilda Second XVIII as captain-coach.[5]


In 1949 he was appointed captain-coach of the Carrum Football Club in the Mornington Peninsular Football League.[6]


Whelan worked at Carlton & United Breweries in Melbourne, alongside his coach Jock McHale.[7]



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