Antonio Murray

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Antonio Murray
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Personal information
Full name Antonio James Murray
Date of birth (1984-09-15) 15 September 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Cambridge, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Brisbane City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Ipswich Town 1 (0)
2005–2006 Hibernian 13 (0)
2006–2009 Histon 89 (33)
2009–2010 Chelmsford City 14 (3)
2010 Cambridge United 12 (1)
2010–2011 Histon 16 (7)
2011– Brisbane City 90 (81)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 September 2016.

Antonio James Murray (born 15 September 1984) is an English professional footballer who plays in Australia for Brisbane City. He formerly played for Ipswich Town and Hibernian, amongst others.

Club career[edit]

As a youngster he played for the Chelsea youth team while studying at school before moving to Ipswich Town as a trainee. His league debut for Ipswich came on 4 May 2003 when he was a late substitute for Tommy Miller in Ipswich's 4–1 away to Derby County. He signed a new two-year deal with Ipswich in July 2003.[1]

He left Ipswich to join Hibernian on a free transfer in January 2005 to replace the departing Craig Rocastle.[2] He was initially on a six-month contract, but in March 2005 signed a new two and a half-year deal with Hibs.[3] His spell with Hibs was disrupted by injury,[4] and he made only 13 appearances before being released at the end of the 2005–06 season.

In July 2006 he was on trial with Wycombe Wanderers,[5] but he signed for Conference South side Histon in August 2006.[6] He had trouble breaking into the first team at Histon in the opening months of the 2006–07 season, but later went on a scoring spree of scoring seven goals in nine games to help Histon to the top of the league, and into Steve Fallon's starting eleven. Histon were promoted to the Conference National at the end of that season for the first time in their history.

It was confirmed in May 2009 that Murray was being released by Histon on their official homepage, to make him a free-agent.[7] In August 2009, Murray joined Conference South outfit Chelmsford City.[8] Murray signed for Cambridge United on 1 February 2010,[9] for the remainder of the season, but after failing to impress, including a red card on his debut, he was released by manager Martin Ling at the end of the season.[10] He then re-signed for former club Histon[11] before moving to Australia to trial for the Queensland A-League club, Brisbane Roar in 2011. Undone by a groin injury, Murray signed for current National Premier Leagues Queensland club, Brisbane City FC.[12] In 2013 he scored 27 goals from 21 games earning him the golden boot award for highest goal scorer in the league.[13]

International career[edit]

Born in England, Murray is also eligible to play for Scotland through his Scottish father, Jamie, who played professionally for Cambridge United, Sunderland and Brentford, or for Italy, through his Italian mother.[14] He was called up to the England C squad for an International Challenge Cup game against Italy on 12 November 2008.[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trio commit to Ipswich, BBC Sport, 11 July 2003.
  2. ^ Ipswich kid wins a Hibs contract, BBC Sport, 14 January 2005.
  3. ^ Murray extends his stay with Hibs, BBC Sport, 11 March 2005.
  4. ^ Murray begins Hibs comeback trail, BBC Sport, 30 November 2005.
  5. ^ Wycombe look at trialist Tindall, BBC Sport, 20 July 2006.
  6. ^ Fallon brings Murray home Archived 21 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Player signings at HFC". Histonfc Homepage. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2009. 
  8. ^ "Murray could feature against Dover". Chelmsford City. Archived from the original on 20 August 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "Murray Wings in as Parky Departs". CambridgeUnited.com. Archived from the original on 4 February 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2009. 
  10. ^ "Ling Reveals Retained List". Cambridge United. 26 April 2010. Archived from the original on 29 April 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "Histon to re-sign winger Antonio Murray". BBC Sport. 23 June 2010. Archived from the original on 26 June 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  12. ^ http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-9385-0-0-0&sID=269940&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=23230765
  13. ^ http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-9385-0-0-0&sID=269940&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=25379335
  14. ^ Hardie, David. Murray could be name to note for Scotland, Edinburgh Evening News, 18 January 2005.
  15. ^ Histon Duo Called Up for England C Squad Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ Fairclough names squad[permanent dead link], The Football Association, 27 October 2008.

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