Steve Murray (footballer)

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Steve Murray
Personal information
Date of birth (1944-10-09) 9 October 1944 (age 72)
Place of birth Dumbarton, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
St Patrick's Dumbarton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1969 Dundee 179 (18)
1969–1973 Aberdeen 101 (20)
1973–1976 Celtic 62 (11)
1979–1980 Dundee United 3 (0)
Total 345 (49)
National team
1971 Scotland 1 (0)
Teams managed
1980 Forfar Athletic
1982 Montrose
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Steve Murray (born 9 October 1944 in Dumbarton) is a Scottish former footballer who played as a midfielder. He spent the majority of his career in the north-east of Scotland, with Dundee and Aberdeen. Murray also enjoyed success with Glasgow club Celtic and represented Scotland once. He later managed Forfar Athletic and Montrose.


Murray began his career in the early 1960s with Dundee, spending six years at Dens Park and picking up runners-up medals in both domestic competitions, making around 200 appearances in total. In 1970, Murray became Aberdeen's record signing in a £50,000 deal, missing the 1970 Scottish Cup win due to being cup-tied but winning a solitary Scotland cap in 1971, ironically at Pittodrie. Following Martin Buchan's departure to Manchester United, Murray became captain but moved to Celtic in a £55,000 deal in May 1973 after a contractual disagreement.[1]

Murray won all three domestic competitions during his two years at Celtic Park, retiring due to a toe injury in early 1976. After retiring, Murray joined Dundee United in 1979 as a scout but after having acupuncture treatment was able to resume his playing career and made three league appearances, also appearing as a substitute in the Scottish League Cup Final that year.

In 1980, Murray began his managerial career with Forfar Athletic, but resigned one training session and three days later.[2] Murray returned to management two years later with Montrose but left to pursue a career in banking before returning to former club Dundee United as assistant manager in July 1989. After a fall-out with then manager Jim McLean, who Murray had played alongside in the 1968 League Cup Final, Murray left before the end of the year, later winning a "substantial sum" in a court action.[3]

Murray, whose son Chris was a youth player at Dundee United, Celtic and had coaching spells with Dundee and Brechin City,[4] has now retired from banking and now concentrates on his painting.[5]


1973–74, 1974–75
Dundee United


  1. ^ "Steve Murray". Aberdeen FC. Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "SFAQs". Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Dundee United A–Z (M)". Dundee United FC. Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
  4. ^ "Coach Chris Murray". San Clemente United Soccer Club. Archived from the original on 21 November 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on 20 December 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2009. 

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