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Sunday Age

Murray, Bunton: legends  of course

Date: 24/06/2012
Words: 204
Source: SAG
          Publication: The Sunday Age
Section: Sport
Page: 3
BRILLIANT midfielders Kevin Murray and Haydn Bunton were awarded immediate legend status at the Brisbane Lions' inaugural Hall of Fame function in Melbourne last night.

Murray, the 1969 Brownlow medallist who played 333 games for Fitzroy between 1955 and 1964, and 1967 to 1974, and won nine best and fairests, and Bunton, a triple Brownlow medallist who played 119 games between 1931 and 1937, had a brief comeback in 1942 and is considered by some the greatest player of all time, were also among the 17 players inducted into the Hall of Fame.

"It's a great honour. This means a lot to me," Murray, 74, said.

"To be part of unifying the whole history of Fitzroy, the Bears and the Brisbane Lions, the club has done a mighty job recognising its past and it is something we can all be proud of."

Bunton was to debut in 1930 but was suspended by the VFL after it was revealed he was paid 222 pounds to join the Lions. He began in 1931 as a 19-year-old and won the league's highest individual honour in his first two seasons. He died in a road accident in 1955, aged 44.

Other Hall of Fame inductees included triple Lions premiership coach Leigh Matthews, captain Michael Voss and Fitzroy greats Paul Roos, Bernie Quinlan and John Murphy.

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