John Murray (sports broadcaster)

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John Murray (born 1966) is an English sports broadcaster, senior commentator and Football Correspondent for BBC Radio 5 Live.[1]


John Murray was brought up on a family farm in Northumberland, which straddles Hadrian's Wall. He was educated at Haydon Bridge High School and studied geography at the University of Wales, Lampeter. His career in radio began at TFM Radio on Teesside. He joined BBC Tees in 1994. In 1995 he transferred to the BBC Radio Sport department in London and, by 1998, he had become part of the football commentary team.

Murray is the second choice football commentator on 5 Live behind Alan Green, regularly commentating on the Saturday 3pm game. He has also commentated on Golf, Cricket and Olympic Equestrian. With Green recovering from a quadruple heart bypass, Murray made his FA Cup final commentary debut on 5 Live on 15 May 2010, describing Chelsea's 1-0 victory over Portsmouth alongside Ingham. He is now established as the first choice Saturday 12.45 commentator.

In August 2014 John Murray followed in the footsteps of Bryon Butler and Mike Ingham by becoming the BBC's Football Correspondent.

He lives in North Yorkshire with his family.


  1. ^ "John Murray biography". BBC Online. April 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2011.