Recruited from the United Club in the Murray Lands Football League, Roger "Froggy" Murdoch became one of Norwood's most popular players. In 1980 he played 20 games for the Norwood under 17s, and in the following year 21 games for the under 19s.
Murdoch progressed through the grades, and in 1982 played reserves (15 games) as well as under 19s (9 games).
After a solid season for the reserves in 1983, he made his senior debut for the Redlegs in the 1984 Escort Cup pre-season competition.
Murdoch made 13 league appearances in 1985, and was one of Norwood's best players in that year's Reserves Grand Final - the Redlegs defeated Woodville by 102 points in the decider.
By 1986 (22 games) and 1987 (24 games) he had cemented his spot in the seniors. A skilful left-footer, he was best suited to a wing, half-back or midfield.
Injury restricted him to four games in 1988, but he bounced back with 16 games the following season and was awarded a Five Year Valuable Service medallion.
In 1990 he added another three senior games to his career total, and also reached the 100 reserves game milestone.
Murdoch was battling ongoing hamstring injuries, but was determined to play 100 league games for the Redlegs and after a steady 1991 (13 games) he reached the 100 in his fourth game of the 1992 season.
A hard-working player and reliable team man, Murdoch also played 126 games in the reserves (128 goals).
His sons Brodie (St. Kilda) and Jordan (Geelong/Gold Coast) both played in the SANFL for Glenelg.
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