Whelan during his Collingwood career
|Full name||Marcus Joseph Whelan|
|Date of birth||27 June 1914|
|Place of birth||Bacchus Marsh, Victoria|
|Date of death||31 August 1973 59)(aged|
|Place of death||Mornington, Victoria|
|Height||175 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||67 kg (148 lb)|
|1933–42; 1946–47||Collingwood||173 (31)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1947.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
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.
Whelan played mostly in the midfield as a centreman, although he played some 40 games at full-back. He was a fine long drop-kick, and an expert place-kick. 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.
In 1949 he was appointed captain-coach of the Carrum Football Club in the Mornington Peninsular Football League.
- "Marcus Whelan". Collingwood Forever. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
- Whelan's Wedding, The Argus, (Wednesday, 11 October 1939), p.6; Brides-to-be whose weddings will be celebrated this week, The Age, (Saturday, 14 October 1939), p.17; Footballer Married, The Age, (Monday, 16 October 1939), p.3.
- Answers to Questions, The Sporting Globe, (Wednesday, 29 April 1953), p.12.
- Pix, 30 March 1940; Argus, 14 May 1940.
- VFL Grants Over 70 Permits, The Argus, (Saturday, 17 April 1948), p.23.
- Big Chance for Carrum, The Weekly Times, (Wednesday, 29 June 1949), p.53; Peninsular Grand Final Tomorrow, The Argus, (Friday, 2 September 1949), p.17.
- "Brownlow Medal winner", News (Adelaide), 8 September 1939, p. 7.
- De Bolfo, Tony (14 March 2017). "200 Club push for 'Mulga', Baxter and Bob". Carlton Football Club.
- Football Ace Whelan: Crowd's Idol Gets Ready For Big Season, Pix, Vol.5, No.13 (Saturday, 30 March 1940), pp.28-31.
- Marcus Whelan (Collingwood) in an artistic place kick, The Argus Pictorial-Supplement, (Tuesday, 14 May 1940), p.6.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Marcus Whelan.|
- Marcus Whelan's playing statistics from AFL Tables
- Boyles Football Photos: Marcus Whelan.
- World War Two Nominal Roll: Sergeant Marcus Joseph Whelan VX100842 (V275436).
- Marcus Whelan at AustralianFootball.com
- Marcus Whelan profile, Australian Football League website; accessed 12 June 2014.