Colin James Murdock (born 2 July 1975) is a former association football player, who played for Preston North End, Hibernian and Northern Ireland.

Colin Murdock
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Murdock playing for Shrewsbury Town
Personal information
Full name Colin James Murdock[1]
Date of birth (1975-07-02) 2 July 1975 (age 44)
Place of birth Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1991–1994 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Manchester United 0 (0)
1997–2003 Preston North End 180 (6)
2003–2005 Hibernian 37 (3)
2005 Crewe Alexandra 16 (0)
2005–2007 Rotherham United 43 (2)
2007–2008 Shrewsbury Town 29 (2)
2008–2009 Accrington Stanley 23 (1)
National team
1996–1998 Northern Ireland B 3 (0)
2000–2006 Northern Ireland 34 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He is currently a trainee solicitor at Manchester law firm George Davies LLP. He also is a member of The Football Association's Football Judicial Panel.

Club careerEdit

A former Northern Ireland international, Murdock started his career as an apprentice at Manchester United on leaving school in 1991. He featured in the youth side that were FA Youth Cup runners-up in 1993 and turned professional a year later, but never played a first team game for the club and was transferred to Preston for £165,000 in May 1997.

Murdock made more than 200 league and cup appearances while at Deepdale, collecting a Division Two title medal in 2000 and featuring in the side that reached the Division One playoff final in 2001 (losing 3–0 to Bolton Wanderers) before moving to Scottish club Hibernian in 2003. This gave him the long-awaited chance to experience top division football. During his time at Easter Road, he went from villain to hero when he scored the winning goal in a penalty shootout against Rangers in a Scottish League Cup semi-final.

Murdock joined Crewe in the latter part of 2004–05. He skippered the team and his form helped to steer them clear of relegation. In summer 2005, Murdock signed for Rotherham, where he captained the team and brought experience to the centre of the Rotherham defence, making 43 league appearances in two seasons, scoring twice. At the end of the 2006–07 season after a season blighted by injuries he left Rotherham. Following a brief trial period he signed a one-year contract with Shrewsbury.[2] He made 29 league appearances and scored two goals for the Shrews, but was released by new manager Paul Simpson on 29 April 2008.[3]

On 16 May 2008, Murdock signed a one-year deal with Accrington Stanley .[4] He scored his first and only goal for Accrington in a 2-1 defeat to Barnet on 4 October 2008.[5]

At the end of season 2008/09 Murdock retired from professional football after 17 years and 417 appearances to commence a new career as a sports lawyer.

International careerEdit

Murdock earned 34 caps for Northern Ireland. He scored one goal, a powerful header, in a 3–3 draw against Austria in 2004.


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. p. 296. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0.
  2. ^ "Defender Signs". Retrieved 31 July 2007.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Retain List". Archived from the original on 2 May 2008. Retrieved 29 April 2008.
  4. ^ "Stanley seal Murdock deal". Sky Sports. Retrieved 24 May 2008.
  5. ^ "Barnet 2-1 Accrington". BBC. 4 October 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2013.

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