Fred Murray

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This article is about the Irish footballer. For the American college football and basketball coach, see Fred Murray (coach). For the American hurdler, see Feg Murray.
Fred Murray
Personal information
Full name Frederick Anthony Murray
Date of birth (1982-05-22) 22 May 1982 (age 33)
Place of birth Clonmel, County Tipperary, Republic of Ireland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Belvedere FC
Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Blackburn Rovers 0 (0)
2001–2002 Cambridge United (loan) 13 (0)
2002–2004 Cambridge United 75 (0)
2004–2007 Northampton Town 38 (0)
2007–2008 Stafford Rangers 16 (0)
2008 Stevenage Borough 14 (1)
2008–2009 Exeter City 6 (0)
2009–2010 Grays Athletic 0 (0)
2009–2010 Luton Town (loan) 17 (0)
2010–2012 Luton Town 51 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:06, 3 August 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Frederick Anthony "Fred" Murray (born 22 May 1982, Clonmel, County Tipperary) is an Irish footballer currently without a club.


Murray played his youth football at Belvedere F.C. before going abroad. Murray began his career as a trainee at Premier League side Blackburn Rovers, though he never made a first-team appearance. An initial loan period at Second Division club Cambridge United was turned permanent in March 2002, as the U's signed Murray on a free transfer from Blackburn.[1] Murray's three seasons at the club, in which he made over 100 appearances, saw Cambridge relegated to the Third Division.

He signed a three-year contract for League Two side Northampton Town for an undisclosed fee in July 2004,[2] but his tenure at the club was blighted by serious injuries, including an infected Achilles tendon.[3][4] In both the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons, Murray did not play a single minute of football. He was released in May 2007, but was invited to still train with the club.[4]

After an unsuccessful trial with Leyton Orient,[5] Murray joined Conference Premier side Stafford Rangers on 28 August 2007,[6] making his debut in a 2–1 defeat at Oxford United. He then joined Peter Taylor's Stevenage Borough team on a short-term contract in the January 2008 transfer window,[7] and narrowly missed out on a place in the Conference play-offs. After his release from Stevenage, he trained with League Two side Exeter City before signing for them, once more on a short-term deal.[8] He left Exeter on 8 May 2009, after just 6 appearances for the club.[9]

At the start of the 2009–10 season, Murray signed for Grays Athletic along with eight other players.[10] After a change in management at Grays, Murray left the club less than a week after joining them, signing for Luton Town on a six-month loan deal on 11 August 2009.[11] He made his debut for Luton on the same day, in a 4–1 home victory over Manfield Town. On 13 January 2010, with his loan deal expired, Murray signed an 18-month contract with Luton.[12]

Murray continued to be a regular fixture at left-back for Luton, though he missed parts of the 2010–11 season due to injury, including Luton's penalty shootout loss to AFC Wimbledon in the Conference Premier play-off final.

On 12 July 2011, he signed a new contract with the club.[13] On 10 November 2011, Murray was deregistered as a Luton player to allow him to focus on recovering from a serious knee injury which had seen him take no part in Luton's 2011–12 season. The club signed Darlington defender Greg Taylor as a replacement.[14] In July 2012, Luton manager Paul Buckle confirmed that Murray had left the club.[15]


  1. ^ "Murray makes U's switch". BBC Sport. 7 March 2002. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Murray joins Cobblers". BBC Sport. 19 July 2004. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Murray blow for Calderwood". Sky Sports. 1 September 2005. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Murray to be handed pre-season chance". Northampton Town F.C. 10 May 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "No O's deal for defender Murray". BBC Sport. 3 August 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Ex-Northampton man joins Stafford". BBC Sport. 28 August 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "Stevenage sign Murray & Vincenti". BBC Sport. 4 January 2008. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Murray offered Exeter deal". Sky Sports. 17 September 2008. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Grecians release five". Sky Sports. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Grays sign nine players in a day". BBC Sport. 5 August 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2009. 
  11. ^ "Hatters move for Murray". Luton Town F.C. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "Trio commit their futures". Luton Town F.C. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
  13. ^ "Ed & Fred sign new contracts". Luton Town F.C. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "Town land Taylor". Luton Town F.C. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "Murray leaves as Rowe-Turner joins up with Buckle once more". Luton Today (Johnston Publishing Ltd). 7 July 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 

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