Tom Murphy (footballer, born 1986)

Thomas "Tom" Murphy (born 19 March 1986) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for Hawthorn and Gold Coast in the Australian Football League (AFL). Murphy was selected with the 21st pick in the 2004 AFL Draft and was a defender.

Thomas Murphy
Personal information
Full name Thomas Murphy
Date of birth (1986-03-19) 19 March 1986
Original team(s) Sandringham Dragons (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 21, 2004 National Draft, Hawthorn
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2005–2012 Hawthorn 095 (5)
2013–2014 Gold Coast 018 (0)
Total 112 (5)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2013.
Sources: AFL Tables,

He spent the bulk of his debut year with the Box Hill Hawks at Victorian Football League level, but broke into the Hawthorn side for the final game of the year. In 2006 he added a further seven games and kicked his first goal. Murphy played 18 games in 2008 and was listed as an emergency for the 2008 Grand Final. In 2008 he mainly played on the third tall forward but due to injuries to other defenders Murphy played as the full back.[1] He was voted Best Clubman in 2010.[2] Prior to the 2012 AFL Grand Final between Hawthorn and Sydney, Murphy was dropped from the side and replaced by Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge.[3]

On 12 October 2012, Murphy signed a two-year contract with Gold Coast as an unrestricted free agent.[4] He retired from professional football at the end of the 2014 AFL season.[2]


  1. Niall, Jake (3 June 2009). "Injured Hawks ready to return". Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  2. Wilson, Stephen (12 August 2014). "Tom Murphy calls time". Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  3. McNicol, Adam (27 September 2012). "Murphy's heartache". Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  4. Siracusa, Claire (12 October 2012). "Hawthorn's Murphy joins Suns". The Age. Retrieved 2 July 2018.

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