Scott Murray (footballer, born 1974)
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|Full name||Scott George Murray|
|Date of birth||26 May 1974|
|Place of birth||Aberdeen, Scotland|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|2008||→ Cheltenham Town (loan)||13||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, and a product of the Scottish Highland Football League, Murray made his debut at his local Highland League club Fraserburgh aged just 16, where he played for the first-team for four years while working full-time in a local fish processing factory. Impressive on-field performances lead to interest from Aberdeen, Rangers and Liverpool. After scoring in a trial game for Liverpool's reserves, Graeme Souness was shortly sacked as first-team manager and therefore any chance of signing a deal faded.
However, Aston Villa stepped in, and after scoring the quickest ever hat-trick in the Premiership reserve league - with his three strikes coming inside the first 12 minutes - Villa paid Fraserburgh £35,000 (at the time, the biggest fee received by a Highland League club for a transfer) for his services.
During his three years at Villa Park, Murray failed to make a big impression and made only four league appearances in that time.
He later joined Reading for £650,000 in June 2003, and was a first team regular for Alan Pardew. In March 2004, he rejoined Bristol City. Murray's return boosted City's form but they lost in that season's playoff final to Brighton & Hove Albion. He was made club captain during Brian Tinnion's spell as manager.
In the 2006–07 season, City were drawn against Premier League side Middlesbrough in the FA Cup. Murray scored a chip against Australian number one Mark Schwarzer to earn the Robins a 2–2 draw at Ashton Gate, however they eventually lost the tie on penalties in the replay.
A key player in City's promotion push despite a stress fracture to his fourth metatarsal bone restricting him to 37 appearances, he has signed a new one-year extension to his contract.
On 15 September, Murray became new Cheltenham Town manager Martin Allen's first signing on an emergency one-month loan, returning to Bristol City on 15 December. Murray was released by Bristol City in May 2009.
On 1 July, it was confirmed that he had signed a one-year contract with Yeovil Town becoming manager Terry Skiverton's third summer signing. He scored a brace in the 2–2 home draw with Brighton to rescue a point, with goals either side of half time bringing up his 100th and 101st career goals. He was released by Yeovil along with three other players on 13 May 2010.
- "Scott Murray goes in Yeovil Town clear-out". BBC Sport. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2010.
- Scott Murray profile at bcfc.co.uk
- Scott Murray profile at readingfc.co.uk
- Scott Murray at Soccerbase
- Virtual replay of Murray's goal against Middlesbrough