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Jimmy Murray
Personal information
Full name Colin James Robert Murray
Date of birth 11 October 1935
Place of birth    Elvington, England
Date of death    27 September 2008 (aged 72)
Place of death    Lichfield, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Forward
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1955–1963
1963–1967
1967–1969
1969–1971
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Manchester City
Walsall
Telford United
273 (199)
070 0(43)
057 0(13)
039 0(19)   
National team
1958–1959 England Under 23 002 00(2)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Colin James Robert 'Jimmy' Murray (11 October 1935 – 27 September 2008) was an English footballer, who spent the majority of his league career with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Career

Murray was signed up by Wolves as a youngster and turned professional in November 1953. He spent a few seasons in the reserves before he finally made his league debut on 12 November 1955 in a 2–0 win over Charlton Athletic.

He quickly established himself within the team that season, scoring 11 goals, and remained a prolific scorer for the club over the following seasons. In 1957/58, he was the leading goalscorer as the club captured the league title, which they retained the next season. Murray also won an FA Cup winners medal in 1960, as he played in the 3–0 final win over Blackburn Rovers.

His time at Molineux also saw him appearing in European games, and scoring against the likes of Barcelona. He finally left for Manchester City for £27,000 in November 1963 after scoring a total of 199 goals in 273 senior games, ending as leading goalscorer in three seasons.

At Maine Road, the striker was part of the side that won promotion back to the top flight in 1965/66, before ending his league career at Third Division Walsall. He finished his playing days with two seasons at non-league Telford United, where he reached two successive FA Trophy finals (one victoriously).

His dog, a labrador named Todd, died two days after Jimmy himself on 29 September 2008. It was 16 years old (77 in dog years).

Despite being christened Colin, with James and Robert serving as his middle names, Murray chose the name Jimmy, a term of endearment given to him by his uncle when he was eight years old.

After ending his playing career, Murray ran a greengrocers in Tamworth and later worked for a contract car company. He died in Lichfield, where he had resided, on 27 September 2008 from prostate cancer, aged 72.[1]

References

  • Matthews, Tony (2006). The Legends of Wolverhampton Wanderers. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-518-X.  

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