John Murdin died in 1971 in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire. John Murdin was a regular bowler for Northamptonshire either side of World War I, taking over 450 wickets for his home county including the 28 occasions he took 5 wickets in an innings. Murdin - often referred to by his middle name, Vernon - made his debut in 1913, taking David Denton of Yorkshire as his first victim.
Despite it being Northamptonshires heaviest First-class defeat, in 1921 when Australia visited Northamptonshire, Murdin bowled Edgar Mayne on the first ball of the match and finished with figures of 5-157, with the dismissals of Nip Pellew, Johnny Taylor, Jack Gregory and Arthur Mailey on top of the Mayne wicket.
The next summer was the best of his career. Throughout the course of the 1922 season he took 91 wickets including his career best of 8-81 against Glamorgan at Swansea and 7-44 in a home fixture with Kent, both of which were match-winning efforts.
Although he never recaptured his form from 1922, Murdin was granted a testimonial in 1928 against possibly his favourite opponents, Kent. By this point his First-class playing career was over, having accepted a coaching role at Wycliffe College in Gloucestershire, the county where he saw out the remainder of his life.