Steve Murray (footballer)

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Steve Murray
Personal information
Date of birth (1944-10-09) 9 October 1944 (age 70)
Place of birth Dumbarton, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
St Patrick's Dumbarton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1969 Dundee 179 (18)
1969–1973 Aberdeen 101 (20)
1973–1976 Celtic 62 (11)
1979–1980 Dundee United 3 (0)
Total 345 (49)
National team
1971 Scotland 1 (0)
Teams managed
1980 Forfar Athletic
1982 Montrose
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Steve Murray (born 9 October 1944 in Dumbarton) is a Scottish former footballer who played as a midfielder. He spent the majority of his career in the north-east of Scotland, with Dundee and Aberdeen. Murray also enjoyed success with Glasgow club Celtic and represented Scotland once. He later managed Forfar Athletic and Montrose.

Career[edit]

Murray began his career in the early 1960s with Dundee, spending six years at Dens Park and picking up runners-up medals in both domestic competitions, making around 200 appearances in total. In 1970, Murray became Aberdeen's record signing in a £50,000 deal, missing the 1970 Scottish Cup win due to being cup-tied but winning a solitary Scotland cap in 1971, ironically at Pittodrie. Following Martin Buchan's departure to Manchester United, Murray became captain but moved to Celtic in a £55,000 deal in May 1973 after a contractual disagreement.[1]

Murray won all three domestic competitions during his two years at Celtic Park, retiring due to a toe injury in early 1976. After retiring, Murray joined Dundee United in 1979 as a scout but after having acupuncture treatment was able to resume his playing career and made three league appearances, also appearing as a substitute in the Scottish League Cup Final that year.

In 1980, Murray began his managerial career with Forfar Athletic, but resigned one training session and three days later.[2] Murray returned to management two years later with Montrose but left to pursue a career in banking before returning to former club Dundee United as assistant manager in July 1989. After a fall-out with then manager Jim McLean, who Murray had played alongside in the 1968 League Cup Final, Murray left before the end of the year, later winning a "substantial sum" in a court action.[3]

Murray, whose son Chris was a youth player at Dundee United, Celtic and had coaching spells with Dundee and Brechin City,[4] has now retired from banking and now concentrates on his painting.[5]

Honours[edit]

Dundee
1963–64
1967–68
Celtic
1973–74
1973–74, 1974–75
1974–75
Dundee United
1979–80

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steve Murray". Aberdeen FC. Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "SFAQs". ScottishLeague.net. Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Dundee United A–Z (M)". Dundee United FC. Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
  4. ^ "Coach Chris Murray". San Clemente United Soccer Club. Retrieved 8 April 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Biography". www.stm-paintings.co.uk. Retrieved 8 April 2009. [dead link]

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