Ian Murray (footballer)
Murray training at an open session staged at Easter Road, August 2009.
|Full name||Ian William Murray|
|Date of birth||20 March 1981|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Utility player|
|2000–2001||→ Alloa Athletic (loan)||2||(0)|
|2012||Brechin City (trialist)||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:23, 3 November 2015 (UTC).
During his playing career, Murray played for Hibernian, Alloa Athletic (on loan), Rangers and Norwich City. He also represented Scotland six times between 2002 and 2006. His versatility meant that he was deployed in a variety of roles in his career, including centre back, full back and midfielder. Murray stated that he preferred to play at centre back or central midfield.
Murray started his career with Hibs, and captained the club during the 2004–05 season. Murray signed for Rangers under freedom of contract in 2005, but he was troubled with injuries during his time at Ibrox club and was eventually diagnosed with a form of arthritis. He was released by Rangers in August 2007 and signed for Norwich City, but fell out of favour there after a managerial change. He returned to Hibs in January 2008, and was made vice captain of the team in July 2009.
Murray left Hibs in May 2012 and was appointed player/manager of Dumbarton later that year. After two-and-a-half years in charge of Dumbarton, Murray was appointed manager of St Mirren on 22 May 2015. He resigned from this position in December 2015.
Murray made his debut for Hibs against Dundee Utd on 22 January 2000 and he scored his first goal for the club in his second appearance, a 4–1 win against Dunfermline. Murray missed most of the 2003–04 season due to a knee injury. After returning from injury, Murray was made captain of Hibs in the 2004–05 season and formed a defensive partnership with Gary Caldwell.
Murray joined Rangers on a Bosman free transfer in the summer of 2005, but injuries troubled him during his time at the club. It was eventually diagnosed that Murray was suffering from reactive arthritis. His return to the team against Motherwell was manager Paul Le Guen's last match in charge.
Murray signed for Norwich City following his release by Rangers in August 2007. He made his Norwich debut against Hull City two days later, but Murray had a difficult start to his Norwich career due to illness. He was substituted at half-time in a League Cup tie at Rochdale after a dreadful performance, with Norwich manager Peter Grant admitting afterwards that he should not have played Murray as the player was unwell. Murray's health problems continued as he was ruled out of subsequent matches.
Grant left the club in October 2007, and Murray failed to establish himself in the Norwich first team under new boss Glenn Roeder. In an interview given after his departure, Murray said of Roeder, "It was the first time in my life I felt like chucking it during a game, a lot of the players felt that way. He's an angry man, not nice to play for."
Return to Hibernian
After leaving Norwich, Murray moved back to his first club, Hibernian, on a contract until the end of the 2007–08 season; he subsequently signed a deal to keep him at the club until 2010. Murray was a candidate for the Hibs captaincy after Rob Jones left for Scunthorpe United in the summer of 2009. New manager John Hughes decided to give the armband to Chris Hogg, with Murray serving as vice captain.
Midway through the 2009–10 season, Hibs opened contract talks with Murray, whose contract was due to expire in the summer of 2010. At the same time, Murray started coaching East of Scotland Football League club Coldstream on a part-time basis. A two-year contract extension was agreed in February 2010.
Murray spent the majority of his second spell at Hibs as a left back, although manager Colin Calderwood used Murray as a defensive midfielder to good effect as Hibs won 3–0 against Rangers in November 2010. The Daily Record newspaper commented that Murray showed leadership qualities which had been previously lacking in a struggling Hibs side. Murray was appointed captain, on a temporary basis until the end of the season, when Chris Hogg was released by the club.
Murray was awarded a testimonial by Hibs in the 2011–12 season. He played regularly in the early part of the season, but appeared infrequently after suffering an injured hip. Murray left Hibs in May 2012, at the end of his contract.
After leaving Hibs, Murray had a trial spell with American club Tampa Bay Rowdies. He then returned to Scotland and played as a trialist for Dunfermline in a pre-season friendly match. Murray played for Brechin City in a Scottish Second Division match on 1 September 2012 as a trialist.
Murray captained the Scotland Under-21 side. His debut for the full national team came as a substitute against Canada in October 2002, in a 3–1 win. He did not win another cap until two years later, when he came on at half time in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Moldova, which ended in a 1–1 draw. His only start for the national team was in a 1–0 home defeat against Belarus, during which Murray was substituted at half time. In total he has won six caps for Scotland. Murray admitted in October 2009 that his international career was over, after he was overlooked for selection by George Burley for a friendly match against Japan.
At the age of 31, Murray moved into management when he was appointed Dumbarton manager in November 2012. His managerial debut was delayed due to bad weather postponing fixtures following his appointment. He finally made his bow on 17 December in a 3–1 defeat to Hamilton in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup. Dumbarton's league results dramatically improved after Murray was appointed and he was voted First Division manager of the month for January 2013. He eventually led the Sons to safety from relegation, which was secured with a 3–2 win at Cowdenbeath. In his first full season in charge, Dumbarton finished just below the promotion play-off positions and reached the quarter-final of the 2013–14 Scottish Cup. Murray signed a new two-year contract with Dumbarton in May 2014. He did not register himself as a player for the 2014/15 season.
Murray took over from Saints interim manager, Gary Teale, and penned a two-year deal to manage the club. Despite Murray being appointed a day before the end of the 2014–15 season, Teale remained in charge for the final game. In November, St Mirren replaced Mark Spalding with Alex Miller as assistant manager, in an attempt to turn around a bad start to the season. Murray resigned on 12 December, after a 1–0 defeat against his former club Dumbarton.
- As of 16 May 2013
As of 12 December 2015[update]
|Dumbarton||November 2012||May 2015||108||41||15||52||37.96|
|St Mirren||May 2015||December 2015||21||5||6||10||23.81|
- Stirlingshire Cup statistics not included.
Honours and Achievements
- Kirin Cup (1): 2006
- Stirlingshire Cup (1): 2012-13
- "Murray joins Norwich City". Norwich City FC. 24 August 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
- Murray is everything I want for Hibs, says John Hughes, STV, 26 January 2010.
- "Hogg named new Hibernian captain". BBC Sport. BBC. 22 July 2009.
- "New Manager: Ian Murray". St Mirren FC. 22 May 2015.
- "St Mirren: Ian Murray resigns after six months as manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 12 December 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
- "Murray surgery 'a success'". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 July 2004. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- "Rangers confirm Murray approach". BBC Sport. BBC. 14 January 2005. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- Murray absent due to illness
- "Murray considers Canaries flight". BBC Sport. 20 December 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
- Gordon, Moira (3 February 2008). "No redemption". Scotland on Sunday. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
- "Murray exits Norwich to join Hibs". BBC Sport (BBC). 18 January 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
- "Murray signs new deal with Hibs". BBC Sport (BBC). 27 March 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
- "Murray, Hogg and Rankin in contention for Hibs captaincy". Edinburgh Evening News. 18 July 2009.
- "Hibs begin Murray contract talks". BBC Sport. BBC. 4 January 2010.
- "Coldstream sign Hibs star". Border Telegraph. 11 January 2010.
- "Ian Murray Signs Two-Year Extension". hibernianfc.co.uk (Hibernian F.C.). 15 February 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
- McDermott, Scott (11 November 2010). "Colin Calderwood's new laid back approach helps inspire troops to shock Ibrox win". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 12 November 2010.
- "Murray on Captaincy and Role". hibernianfc.co.uk (Hibernian F.C.). 7 March 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
- "Murray: A Fantastic Achievement". hibernianfc.co.uk (Hibernian F.C.). 3 June 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
- Hardie, David (8 March 2012). "Hibs get injury blow for Ian Murray". Edinburgh Evening News (Johnston Press). Retrieved 8 March 2012.
- "Hibs captain Ian Murray eyes final flourish". BBC Sport (BBC). 12 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
- "Ian Murray leaves Hibs while Garry O'Connor is set to depart for overseas". STV (STV Group). 22 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- "Pre-season friendly: Dunfermline 1 East Fife 3". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). 20 July 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
- "Brechin City 1–3 Alloa Athletic: The Wasps are enjoying life on the road". STV (STV Group). 1 September 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
- "Murray admits international career has come to an end". The Herald (Herald & Times Group). 9 October 2009.
- Findlay, Alan (22 November 2012). "Murray is new Sons boss". Dumbarton F.C. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
- "Ian Murray is named as new Dumbarton player-manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
- Stewart, Craig (17 December 2012). "Scottish Cup: Cup tie to give Sons manager Ian Murray a taste of action at last". sport.scotsman.com (Johnston Publishing). Retrieved 19 December 2012.
- Crawford, Kenny (15 February 2013). "Ian Murray building solid foundations at Dumbarton Rock". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
- MacGregor, Archie (28 April 2013). "Cowdenbeath 2 - 3 Dumbarton: Dumbarton stay in SFL1". Scotland on Sunday (Johnston Publishing). Retrieved 30 April 2013.
- "Dumbarton manager Ian Murray signs new two-year deal". BBC Sport (BBC). 13 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
- "St Mirren: Ian Murray leaves Dumbarton to be Buddies boss". BBC Sport. BBC. 22 May 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
- Ian Murray career statistics at Soccerbase