Sean Murdoch

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Sean Murdoch
Personal information
Full name Sean Murdoch
Date of birth (1986-07-31) 31 July 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Rochester Rhinos
Number 27
Youth career
–2003 Heart of Midlothian
2003–2005 Dunfermline Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Dunfermline Athletic 5 (0)
2005–2006 Forfar Athletic (loan) 23 (0)
2006 Forfar Athletic (loan) 47 (0)
2007 Hamilton Academical (loan) 21 (0)
2008–2011 Hamilton Academical 31 (0)
2011–2012 Accrington Stanley 23 (0)
2012–2014 Hibernian 2 (0)
2015– Rochester Rhinos 4 (0)
National team
2003 Scotland U18 11 (0)
2006 Scotland U19 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:13, 9 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Sean Murdoch (born 31 July 1986 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish professional football goalkeeper who currently plays for Rochester Rhinos in the USL. He went on to play for Forfar Athletic, Hamilton Academical, Accrington Stanley and Hibernian.

Career[edit]

Murdoch grew up in the Wester Hailes area of Edinburgh.[1] He played for youth teams of Hearts, but he moved across the Firth of Forth to play for Dunfermline in 2003.[2] Murdoch progressed through the Dunfermline youth and reserve teams, earning international recognition.[2] He moved on loan for the 2005–06 season to Forfar Athletic in order to get some first team experience.[2] Murdoch signed a new 3-year contract with Dunfermline in July 2006, but was expected to move out loan again.[3] He returned to Forfar on loan during the first half of the 2006–07 season.[4] In the second half of the 2006–07 season, he moved on loan to First Division team Hamilton Academical.[5]

Murdoch made his first team debut for Dunfermline in a 2007–08 UEFA Cup tie against Swedish club BK Hacken.[6] Murdoch was at fault for the goal scored by Hacken, but made some good saves later in the game.[7] He was second choice behind Paul Gallacher for most of the 2007–08 season and left to join Hamilton for a nominal fee of £15,000.[5]

On 6 May 2008, Murdoch signed for SPL side Hamilton, whom he had been on loan at earlier in his career.[5][8][9] He extended his contract with Hamilton in May 2009.[10] Murdoch was with the club for three years, but found it difficult to displace first choice goalkeeper Tomas Cerny. He left Hamilton in 2011,[11] after the club had been relegated from the SPL.[12]

Murdoch signed for Football League Two club Accrington Stanley on a one-year deal in July 2011.[11] He made his debut on 6 August 2011, in the opening game playing against Northampton Town, where he kept a clean sheet.[13] Murdoch went on to become the first choice goalkeeper in the club's first twelve matches to the start of the season. However, Murodch lost his first choice role with the arrival of Lee Nicholls and the returning of Ian Dunbavin.[14] After eight months at the club, Murdoch walked away from his contract in March 2012, due to a lack of payment.[15]

He signed for SPL club Hibernian in October 2012 on a short term contract, providing cover for Ben Williams and allowing young goalkeeper Calum Antell to move out on loan.[16][17] In January 2013, his contract with Hibernian was extended until the end of the 2012–13 season.[18] Murdoch made his only first team appearance of the 2012–13 season in a 3–1 win at Kilmarnock on 15 May. He agreed a new contract with Hibs during the close season.[19] Murdoch was released by Hibs at the end of the 2013–14 season.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 9 April 2014[21]
Club Season League Cup[note 1] League Cup[note 2] Other[note 3] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dunfermline Athletic 2005–06 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006–07 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08 5 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 8 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 8 0
Forfar Athletic (loan) 2005–06 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Forfar Athletic (loan) 2006–07 17 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 20 0
Hamilton Academical (loan) 2006–07 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Hamilton Academical 2008–09 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
2009–10 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2010–11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
Accrington Stanley 2011–12 13 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 15 0
Hibernian 2012–13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2013–14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 72 0 1 0 3 0 5 0 81 0

Personal life[edit]

Murdoch has expressed a desire to become a referee when his playing career comes to an end.[22] In December 2014, Murdoch's went viral when he proposed to his girlfriend in New York's Times Square and needed help with a credit "of dancers from New York's Broadway Dance Centre".[23] Daily Mirror reported the article, with the headings, saying: "Best marriage proposal ever?"[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hardie, David (11 October 2012). "New Hibernian goalkeeper Sean Murdoch determined to take No 1 jersey". Edinburgh Evening News (Johnston Publishing). Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Sean Murdoch". www.dafc.co.uk. Dunfermline Athletic FC. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Woods signs deal with Dunfermline". BBC Sport. BBC. 19 July 2006. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Transfers – July 2006". BBC Sport. BBC. 31 July 2006. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c McGilvray, Andy (8 May 2008). "Goalkeeper Murdoch grabs new opportunity at Accies". Hamilton Advertiser (Scottish & Universal Newspapers). Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Dunfermline 1–1 BK Hacken". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 August 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Kenny backing keeper after error". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 August 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Bryn Halliwell departs Sean Murdoch signs". Retrieved 6 May 2008. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Hamilton move for keeper Murdoch". BBC Sport. BBC. 7 May 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2008. 
  10. ^ "Murdoch extends Hamilton contract". BBC Sport. BBC. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Accrington Stanley sign Kern Miller and Sean Murdoch". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Hamilton axe eight stars as reality of relegation sets in". Daily Record. 14 May 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Northampton 0 – 0 Accrington Stanley". BBC Sport. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Murdoch leaves". Google Blogspot. 15 March 2012. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Stanley show Murdoch the door". Sky Sports. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "New Goalkeeper Signs". www.hibernianfc.co.uk. Hibernian FC. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Hibernian sign goalkeeper Sean Murdoch on short-term deal". BBC Sport. BBC. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "Transfer Window Update". www.hibernianfc.co.uk. Hibernian FC. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Thomson returns to Hibs for pre-season". The Herald (Herald & Times Group). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "Out of Contract Players". Hibernianfc.co.uk. Hibernian FC. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  21. ^ Sean Murdoch career statistics at Soccerbase
  22. ^ "Refs are being harshly treated but I still want to do their job when I quit playing, says Hamilton keeper Sean Murdoch". Daily Record. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  23. ^ "Marry me? Former SPL goalkeeper Sean Murdoch proposes to girlfriend with flash mob in New York's Times Square". Daily Mail. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  24. ^ "Best marriage proposal ever? Watch dancing footie ace's flashmob routine in New York's Times Square". Daily Mirror. 21 December 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes FA Cup
  2. ^ Includes Football League Cup and Scottish League Cup
  3. ^ Includes all other competitions.

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