Who’s Who in 22, Sport: Tony Murphy

Published 12:00am 1 December 2022

Who’s Who in 22, Sport: Tony Murphy
Words by Moreton Daily

Dolphins Group CEO Tony Murphy, pictured centre, has been an integral part of the club’s transition to the NRL in 2022 but his contribution to the club goes back almost 40 years.

It’s been a busy 12 months for the club stalwart and it’s about to shift up a gear as the Dolphins countdown to their 2023 season debut.

Murphy became Dolphins Group CEO in 2005. Since then, the club has expanded its asset base from $18 million to more than $100 million.

He worked alongside former long-time Chairman the late Des Webb and the board of directors as they devised and enacted plans to secure alternate revenue streams which would set the club up for the future.

Murphy has overseen the expansion of the Dolphins’ commercial operations driven by the creation of the health precinct and aquatic centre, and shopping centre.

He also oversaw the development of the club’s boutique stadium, known as Moreton Daily Stadium, in three stages.

Murphy, present Chairman Bob Jones and the board had the vision to engage Terry Reader to drive their bid to secure the 17th NRL licence and have since made him Dolphins NRL CEO.

Their meticulous long-term planning paid off when the Australian Rugby League Commission granted the club the licence on October 13.

On October 20, the club announced Murphy’s new role as Dolphins Group CEO would include the NRL team.

The club has aspired to be the best it can be since it formed in 1947 and has gone on to be the most successful club in the Queensland Cup competition.

Building a strong financial base will give the Dolphins the opportunity to now play the game at the highest level.

About Tony Murphy

Murphy’s connection to the Redcliffe Dolphins goes back almost 40 years.

Murphy played for the Dolphins between 1982 and 1986 before moving into football management roles and then into operations, becoming Dolphins Group CEO in 2005.

He is Dolphin No.270.

Murphy was named Dolphins Group CEO in October 2021, soon after the club was granted a licence to play in the NRL.

He believes the Dolphins can be a club for the region – from Bowen Hills to Bundaberg … and beyond.

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