1 March 2018

Billy Murray

Name: William Murray
Born: East Belfast, c.1954
Height:
Weight:
Position: Winger

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 1 Under-21 Cap; Irish League: 1 Cap.
Club Honours: (with Linfield) Irish League Champion; Irish Cup Winner 1977/78, 1981/82, Runner-Up 1982/83, 1984/85 ...

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Europe
Other
Portadown
-
-
Youth
-
-
-
-
Linfield
77/78-87/88
Nov-77
£7k
/57
/4
10(3)/0
/71
Ballyclare Com.
88/89-90/91
Aug-88
-
#1(0)/ 0
-
-
#2(1)/ 0
Cookstown Utd
-
Mar-91
-
-
-
-
-
TOTALS
-
£7k
-
-
10(3)/0
-
# data for senior games only (1990/91)

Biography:
A Linfield fan as a boy, Billy Murray (inevitably nicknamed "Ruby" or "Minto" by various wags) made his mark on the Irish League scene in the late-1970s.

He began his senior career with Portadown after being spotted by Gibby McKenzie playing schoolboy football. He enjoyed rapid elevation to the first eleven and was a prolific goalscorer from the left-wing.

In 1977 Roy Coyle identified Murray as a potential key component in re-establishing Linfield at the top of the Irish League. It took a local-record-fee to take him to Windsor Park, and in the next year he had claimed the first of many honours, the Irish League and Cup, an Under-21 cap and had represented the Irish League against their Scottish counterparts.

Murray's mesmerising skills were to dazzle the Linfield fans for over a decade and brought admiring glances from further afield. Billy Bingham included him in the provisional squad for the 1982 World Cup finals. In 1987 he enjoyed a testimonial against Shamrock Rovers, and when he left Linfield the following year at the age of 34, Rovers actually attempted to sign him. He decided to remain closer to home and joined B Division Ballyclare Comrades and played for them in their first season as a senior club in 1990/91.

Later Murray settled in Lanzarote and his legendary status with Linfield was recognised in 2017 when he became the tenth recipient of the Torrans Trophy and was also presented honoury life membership of the club.

Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
08-03-1978 Rep. Ireland A D 1-1 FR sub

Summary: 0(1)/0. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 1.

Irish League Representative Match Details:
01-11-1978 Scotland A D 1-1

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

Domestic Seasonal Goals Record:
Season
Tot
IL
IC
CC
GC
UC
CAS
AIC
CAC
Portadown
-
?
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
75/76
15
4
-
4
-
7
-
-
-
76/77
24
10
5
-
2
7
-
-
-
77/78
0
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Linfield
77/78
13
9
-
-
-
-
1
3
78/79
23
6
1
-
2
14
-
-
-
79/80
7
-
-
-
2
5
-
-
-
80/81
14
8
-
-
3
3
-
-
-
81/82
19
13
1
-
2
3
-
-
-
82/83
20
6
1
-
2
8
3
-
-
83/84
16
5
1
-
5
4
1
-
-
84/85
4
2
-
-
-
2
-
-
-
85/86
3
2
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
86/87
1
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
87/88
8
5
-
-
2
-
-
-
1
Ballyclare Comrades
90/91
0
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
167
71
9
4
21
53
5
3
1

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