Thomas Murray (soccer)

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Tommy Murray
Personal information
Full name Thomas E. Murray
Playing position Right Halfback
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1914–1919 Bethlehem Steel F.C.
1919 Paterson F.C.
1921–1922 Philadelphia Field Club 22 (3)
1923–1924 Harrison F.C. 0 (0)
1923–1924 Newark Skeeters 23 (1)
1924 Brooklyn Wanderers 7 (0)
1924–1925 Indiana Flooring 14 (2)
National team
1916 United States 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Thomas “Tommy” Murray was a Scottish-American football (soccer) right halfback who played the first two U.S. national team games in 1916.

Professional career[edit]

Murray played several years for Bethlehem Steel F.C. of the National Association Football League during their years as the dominant U.S. team. He played with the team from at least 1914 to at least 1919. However, in 1918, he spent time in the military when the U.S. entry into World War I.[1] In 1919 he is listed with Paterson F.C. He then moved to Philadelphia Field Club for the 1921-1922 American Soccer League season. In 1923, he is listed as with Harrison F.C., but does not appear to have played a game with them. In 1923, he moved to the Newark Skeeters. In 1924, he began the season with the Brooklyn Wanderers before finishing it with Indiana Flooring. That was his last season in the ASL.[2]

National team[edit]

Murray earned two caps with the national team in 1916. In the first official U.S. national team game, the U.S. defeated Sweden on August 20, 1916. On September 3, 1916, Murray and his team mates tied Norway before returning to the U.S.[3]


In addition to playing for Bethlehem Steel F.C., Murray was also employed as a machinist by the Bethlehem Steel company. He married the former Jessie T. Kerr on July 26, 1917.[4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ September 30, 1918 The Globe
  2. ^ Jose, Colin (1998). American Soccer League, 1921-1931 (Hardback). The Scarecrow Press. (ISBN 0-8108-3429-4). 
  3. ^ U.S. International Results
  4. ^ July 26, 1917 The Globe