Whelan during his Collingwood career
Personal information Full name
Marcus Joseph Whelan Date of birth
27 June 1914 Place of birth
Bacchus Marsh, Victoria Date of death
31 August 1973 (aged 59) Place of death
Mornington, Victoria Original team(s)
175 cm (5 ft 9 in) Weight
67 kg (148 lb) Playing career 1 Years
Games (Goals) 1933-42; 1946-47
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, AustralianFootball.com
Marcus Joseph Whelan (27 June 1914 - 31 August 1973) was an  Australian rules footballer who played for Collingwood in the Victorian Football League (VFL).
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. 
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.
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 1948, he was cleared from Collingwood to play with the St Kilda Second XVIII as captain-coach.
In 1949 he was appointed captain-coach of the
Carrum Football Club in the Mornington Peninsular Football League. 
Whelan worked at
Carlton & United Breweries in Melbourne, alongside his coach Jock McHale. 
"Marcus Whelan". Collingwood Forever . Retrieved 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.