Graeme Murty

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Graeme Murty
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Murty warming up for Reading in 2008
Personal information
Full name Graeme Stuart Murty[1]
Date of birth (1974-11-13) 13 November 1974 (age 42)[1]
Place of birth Saltburn, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Rangers
(Development squad head coach)
Youth career
Middlesbrough
1991–1993 York City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1998 York City 117 (7)
1998–2009 Reading 306 (2)
2009 Charlton Athletic (loan) 8 (0)
2009–2010 Southampton 6 (0)
Total 437 (9)
National team
2004–2007 Scotland 4 (0)
Teams managed
2017 Rangers (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Graeme Stuart Murty (born 13 November 1974) is a professional football coach and former player, who is the head coach of the Rangers development squad. He made 437 appearances in the Football League and Premier League, playing for York City, Reading, Charlton Athletic and Southampton. Though born in Saltburn, North Yorkshire, England, Murty qualified for Scotland through his family who were Scottish, and won four full caps. He joined Rangers as a development squad coach in 2016. He was placed in caretaker charge of the Rangers first team in early 2017, managing six games.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

York City[edit]

Murty was born in Saltburn, North Yorkshire[1] and attended Nunthorpe School.[2] He joined Middlesbrough's Centre of Excellence[3] after being scouted playing for Marton Juniors, but was released aged 15.[2] Following trials with Aston Villa, Leeds United and Stockport County, Murty joined York City's youth system on a youth training scheme in June 1991.[3][4] He signed a professional contract on 2 March 1993[1] and was placed into the first team in the 1993–94 season.[3]

On 20 September 1995, he played in their 3–0 victory against Manchester United in the League Cup at Old Trafford.[5] He scored in York's League Cup victory against Everton.[6]

Reading[edit]

Murty joined Reading on a four-year contract on 6 July 1998 for a £700,000 fee, which at the time was the highest fee paid by Reading and the highest fee received by York.[7] His first few seasons were hampered by injury.[citation needed] However, once clear of injury, he quickly became an integral part of the team, and when Phil Parkinson left the club to become manager of Colchester United, Murty was appointed club captain.[citation needed] On 30 April 2006, Murty scored only his second goal, from a penalty, in 280 league and cup appearances when Reading played Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the 2005–06 season.[8] It ensured that Reading reached 106 points, a record for the second tier of English football.[8] His only previous goal for Reading came against Bristol City in March 2001.[9]

Murty playing for Reading in 2008

On 1 December 2006, Murty signed a new contract to keep him at Reading until the summer of 2008, which meant he would complete 10 years at the club.[10] On 31 March 2008, it was announced that, despite a previous announcement to the contrary,[11] Murty had been awarded a testimonial in recognition of his services to the club, with a proportion of the proceeds going to the Swings and Smiles charity, of which he is a patron.[12] The testimonial match was held on 21 July 2009 at Reading's Madejski Stadium and featured the current Reading team taking on members of the Reading Championship winning team of 2005–06.[13][14]

In a vote to compile the Royals' best-ever eleven, Murty was voted the best right-back with 56.4% of the vote.[15] Murty also won the BBC South Sports Personality of the Year award, at a ceremony in Southampton on 3 December 2006 where John Madejski and Steve Coppell were also honoured.[16]

He joined Charlton Athletic on a one-month loan on 6 January 2009 to allow him to improve his match fitness.[17] He made his debut in a 2–0 home defeat to Nottingham Forest on 10 January 2009.[18] His loan at Charlton was extended for a second month on 2 February 2009.[19] He returned to Reading on 2 March 2009 after suffering from a calf injury.[20] On 15 May 2009, Murty was released by Reading.[21]

Southampton[edit]

On 3 July 2009, Murty joined League One side Southampton on a two-week trial with a view to a permanent deal.[22] He signed a one-year contract with Southampton 5 August 2009 after impressing.[23] On 15 May 2010, after an injury plagued season, he was released by Southampton.[24] In February 2012, he announced his retirement from playing.[25]

International[edit]

Although Murty was born in England, he qualified to play for Scotland through his father Eddie, and for the Republic of Ireland through his grandfather.[26] He was capped four times by Scotland, with his first coming as a half-time substitute for Gary Naysmith in a 4–0 defeat away against Wales on 18 February 2004.[27][28] He was in the Scotland team for the 2006 Kirin Cup in Japan,[29] and earned his second cap after starting their 5–1 win against Bulgaria on 11 May 2006.[27][30] He started Scotland's second and final match of the tournament against Japan, a 0–0 draw on 13 May 2006 that secured the Kirin Cup for Scotland.[31]

His fourth and final cap came after starting Scotland's UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying match away to Georgia on 17 October 2007, which Scotland lost 2–0.[27][32] On 30 January 2008, Murty was one of nine defenders called up by new Scotland manager George Burley for his first get-together, a training camp between 3 and 5 February 2008 at Loch Lomond.[33]

Coaching career[edit]

He moved onto coaching after retiring from playing, and was appointed as an assistant youth development coach at Southampton's Academy on 27 February 2012, working primarily with the under-12 to under-16 teams.[34] On 14 July 2014, Murty joined Championship club Norwich City as youth development phase lead coach, taking control of the under-16 team.[35] He was promoted to the position of manager of the under-18 team on 8 July 2015.[36]

On 17 August 2016, Murty was appointed as head coach for the development squad at Scottish Premiership club Rangers.[37]

After Mark Warburton and David Weir left Rangers on 10 February 2017, Murty was placed in caretaker control of the Rangers first team.[38] Murty's last match in charge was a 1–1 draw in an Old Firm derby on 12 March, a day before Pedro Caixinha took formal control of the first team.[39] Murty reverted to his previous role with the development squad.[39]

Personal life[edit]

Murty married Karen in June 2005,[40] and the couple have a daughter called Freya.[41] When at Reading he co-hosted the Andrew Peach Show on BBC Radio Berkshire every Monday morning.[citation needed]

Alongside presenter James Richardson, and fellow former player Leroy Rosenior, Murty has appeared on the late night, local BBC South, BBC South West and BBC West football show, Late Kick Off, since its introduction.[citation needed] For 2011, alongside Bournemouth's Steve Fletcher, Murty co-anchored a slot within the show called The Knowledge.[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
York City 1993–94[42] Second Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 2 0
1994–95[43] Second Division 20 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 2
1995–96[5] Second Division 35 2 0 0 3 0 4[a] 0 42 2
1996–97[6] Second Division 27 2 4 0 5 1 2[a] 0 38 3
1997–98[44] Second Division 34 1 2 0 2 1 1[a] 0 39 2
Total 117 7 6 0 10 2 8 0 141 9
Reading 1998–99[45] Second Division 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
1999–2000[46] Second Division 17 0 5 0 0 0 2[a] 0 24 0
2000–01[47] Second Division 23 1 0 0 0 0 3[b] 0 26 1
2001–02[48] Second Division 43 0 2 0 2 0 1[a] 0 48 0
2002–03[49] First Division 44 0 2 0 0 0 2[c] 0 48 0
2003–04[50] First Division 38 0 2 0 2 0 42 0
2004–05[51] Championship 41 0 2 0 2 0 45 0
2005–06[52] Championship 40 1 1 0 3 0 44 1
2006–07[53] Premier League 23 0 1 0 0 0 24 0
2007–08[54] Premier League 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 0
2008–09[18] Championship 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 306 2 16 0 9 0 8 0 339 2
Charlton Athletic (loan) 2008–09[18] Championship 8 0 8 0
Southampton 2009–10[55] League One 6 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 9 0
Career total 437 9 23 0 21 2 16 0 497 11
  1. ^ a b c d e f Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Two appearances in Football League Trophy, two in Second Division play-offs
  3. ^ Appearances in First Division play-offs

International[edit]

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Scotland[27] 2004 1 0
2006 2 0
2007 1 0
Total 4 0

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 13 March 2017
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Rangers (caretaker) 10 February 2017 13 March 2017 6 3 1 2 50.0 [38][39][56]
Total 6 3 1 2 50.0

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Club[edit]

Reading

Scotland

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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