Murray playing for Crystal Palace in 2012
|Full name||Glenn Murray|
|Date of birth||25 September 1983|
|Place of birth||Maryport, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Current club||Crystal Palace|
|2006||→ Stockport County (loan)||11||(3)|
|2006–2007||→ Rochdale (loan)||12||(4)|
|2008–2011||Brighton & Hove Albion||118||(53)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:27, 16 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Glenn Murray (born 25 September 1983) is an English footballer who plays for Crystal Palace as a striker. Prior to joining Crystal Palace in June 2011, Murray previously played for Workington Reds, Wilmington Hammerheads, Barrow, Carlisle United, Stockport, Rochdale and Brighton & Hove Albion.
Born in Maryport, Cumbria, Murray began his playing career playing for non-League side Workington Reds before joining American team Wilmington Hammerheads in 2004. He spent one season with the North Carolina club playing 14 times and scoring 3 goals. After his time in America he joined Barrow where he scored seven goals in seven games. Murray then signed for the then Conference National side Carlisle United and was part of the Conference play-off winning team in 2005 and League Two winning side a season later in 2006.
Rochdale manager Steve Parkin then signed Murray on loan until January 2007. Murray then signed for Rochdale on a contract until 2009, for an undisclosed fee. He made his first start for Rochdale in their 7–1 defeat away at Lincoln City on 21 October 2006. His first goal was a 59th minute equalizer in their match with Barnet on 18 November 2006, but this was not enough for Rochdale as they lost the match 3–2. Murray made 31 league appearances for Rochdale in his first season with the club, scoring 16 goals in the 2006/07 season.
Murray made his first appearances for the 2007/08 season coming on as a 53rd minute substitute on the opening day of the season in Rochdale's 3–0 loss away at Peterborough United, his first start of the season came in their 2–2 home draw with Stoke City in the first round of the League Cup 3 days later on 14 August. Murray scored his first goal of the 2007/08 season in a 1–1 home draw with Norwich City in the league cup second round on 28 August 2007. His first league goal of the season came in Rochdale's 4–3 victory away at Shrewsbury Town on 29 September. Murray made 23 league appearances for Rochdale in 2007 scoring 9 goals with one goal coming in the League Cup.
Murray then left Rochdale in the January transfer window to join League One side Brighton & Hove Albion for a reported fee of around £300,000. He made 42 league appearances scoring 21 goals in 2006 and 2007, giving him an average of one goal every two games in his Rochdale career.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Murray had been linked with a transfer to League One team Brighton & Hove Albion throughout the January transfer-window, and finally completed his move to the Withdean on the 25 January 2008 for a reported £300,000.
Murray made his Brighton debut coming on as a substitute during the 1–0 defeat at Northampton. Glenn then started Albion's next match, at home to Crewe and scored two goals on his home debut in the 3–0 victory.
The 2010–11 season proved to be Murray's best season to date, scoring 22 goals and finishing runner-up to Craig Mackail-Smith in the League One top scorer statistics. On 20 May 2011, it was revealed that Murray had rejected Brighton's final offer of a new contract.
During May 2011, much to the dismay of the Brighton faithful, it was announced that Murray had signed for rivals Crystal Palace on a free transfer, signing a three-year contract. Since moving to south London, Murray has endeared himself to Palace fans by scoring a crucial goal against his former club Brighton to secure a win and an extra-time winner at Old Trafford to help record a victory over Manchester United in the League Cup Quarter-finals. On 22 September 2012, Murray scored a second half, twenty minute hat-trick against Cardiff City, and on 6 November 2012, Murray scored another hat trick against Ipswich Town, despite missing a penalty. Murray then scored, again, this time a brace against former employers Brighton, also arch-rivals of, Crystal Palace which Palace went on to win 3-0.
Murray's goalscoring did not slow down in the closing weeks of 2012, netting a brace against both Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City. Murray also found the net in the game against Blackpool taking his tally for the season to 22. Murray now holds the record for the most championship goals scored before Christmas in any given season. On 2 February 2013, Murray kept his goal scoring form against South London rivals Charlton, as he scored a 4-minute brace to help win the game 2-1.
Murray is the second highest goalscorer in Europe, taking in the top 2 divisions in each of the 5 leading European leagues, with a total of 31 goals (30 league and 1 domestic cup), Murray is second only to Lionel Messi of Barcelona. In March 2013, he narrowly missed out on the Championship player of the season award, being beaten by Watford's Matej Vydra. On 28 March 2013, Murray signed a new three-year contract with Crystal Palace.
- As of match played 10 May 2013.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Wilmington Hammerheads||2004||USL Pro Soccer League||14||3||—||—||—||14||3|
|Carlisle United||2004–05||Conference National||19||2||0||0||—||3[b]||0||22||2|
|Stockport County (loan)||2006–07||League Two||11||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||3|
|Rochdale (loan)||2006–07||League Two||12||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||14||4|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||2007–08||League One||21||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||21||8|
Brighton & Hove Albion
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- "Wilmington Hammerheads". United Soccer Leagues. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- Appearances and goals for this season are taken from:
"Player Details: Season 2004–2005". SoccerFactsUK. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
Williams, Mike; Wright, Tony, eds. (2005). Non League Club Directory 2006. Tony Williams Publications. p. 133. ISBN 978-1-869833-54-1.
- "Albion complete Murray transfer". Brighton Evening Argus. 25 January 2008.
- "Brighton 3–0 Crewe, Murray scores two". Seagulls.co.uk. 2 February 2008.
- Albion Are Missing Murray, The Argus, 27 October 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2009
- Albion Striker has Hernia Operation, The Argus, 20 February 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2009
- "Games played by Glenn Murray in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- "Football League Statistics". The Football League. Retrieved 2011-05-24.
- "Murray's Future Lies Away from the Albion". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2011-05-24.
- "Only Messi has more! Revealed: Englishman Murray is Europe's second highest scorer". dailymail.co.uk. 20 February 2013.
- "Glenn Murray: Crystal Palace striker agrees new contract". BBC Sport. 28 March 2013.
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- "Games played by Glenn Murray in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- "Games played by Glenn Murray in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- "Games played by Glenn Murray in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- "Games played by Glenn Murray in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- "Games played by Glenn Murray in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- "Games played by Glenn Murray in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- "Games played by Glenn Murray in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
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