2 January 2008

Jimmy Murray

Name: James Murray
Born: 14 March 1884, Kilmacrenen, Co. Donegal
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Position: Centre-Forward

Representative Honours: Ireland: 3 Full Caps (1910); Irish League: 1 Cap (1906).
Club Honours: (with Distillery) Irish League Champion 1905/06; Irish Cup Winner 1904/05; City Cup Winner 1904/05; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1904/05.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Shettleston Juniors
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(Scottish Junior)
Derry Celtic
03/04
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Distillery
04/05-05/06
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/ 7
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Shettleston Juniors
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(Scottish Junior)
Motherwell
09/10
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22/19
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Sheffield Wednesday
09/10-10/11
Mar-10
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13/ 4
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Derry Celtic
11/12
May-11
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Motherwell
11/12
Jan-12
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0/ 0
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TOTALS
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£-
/30
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Biography:
Born in County Donegal, Jimmy Murray moved to Glasgow with his married brother and family to work as a miner. He began playing football with noted Junior club Shettleston, located in the East End of Glasgow, before returning to Ireland. He started his senior football career with near-by Derry Celtic before spending a successful few seasons as inside-left with Distillery, claiming League and Cup medals and scoring in a 1905 2-0 Co. Antrim Shield win over Linfield. He also scored a hat-trick against his old club Derry Celtic in a League match in November 1905 and gained his first representative honour in October 1905 when he played for the Irish League in a 4-0 defeat by the Football League.


On the 28th April 1906 Murray played for Linfield against Aston Villa as a move towards signing for the Blues. However such a move did not take place as he went back to Glasgow in search of work. Setting up residence in the Glasgow area he turned out for Shettleston Juniors for a couple of seasons before being spotted by Motherwell.

Murray signed with Motherwell where he hit an astonishing goalscoring run that fired the normally struggling ‘Well to mid-table security and a place in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals. Murray’s goals earned him a place in the Ireland side for the 1910 Home Nations games and he made his international debut in a 1-1 draw with England. On the 12th February 1910 he became the first player to be capped when playing for Motherwell (Charlie Robertson became the first Scottish International at Motherwell on the 5th March 1910). In late-March 1910 he moved to Sheffield Wednesday and it was while with the Owls that he claimed his final Ireland cap, in a 4-1 defeat by Wales.

Murray returned to Ireland in 1911. He played a few matches back with Derry Celtic before rejoining Motherwell. He failed to make the grade back at Fir Park and returned to Ireland where he settled permanently in his home town of Kilmacrenan.

Ireland Cap Details:
12-02-1910 England. H D 1-1 BC
19-03-1910 Scotland H W 1-0 BC
11-04-1910 Wales... A L 1-4 BC

Summary: 3/0. Won 1, Drew 1, Lost 1.


Additions and corrections by George Glass.

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