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Bill Murray
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Bill Murray (Full Back, 1921-27) - The relaxed, stylish Bill Murray was signed from the Aberdeen junior club, Hall Russell's, at the start of season 1921/22. He was fast, strong in the tackle and his leadership qualities were recognised by his appointment as club captain. Murray proved to be a full-back of the highest calibre. The scouts from other clubs who habituated the stand at Central Park could not fail to be impressed by Bill Murray. He failed to gain the International recognition he deserved though he was named as a reserve for Scotland's game with Ireland. In 1927, after 217 League appearances for Cowdenbeath, Bill Murray was transferred to Sunderland in a joint deal with Dave Wright which involved a massive 8,000 fee. Bill Murray spent a decade at Roker Park and made 328 appearances for Sunderland. The highlight of his playing career came in 1936 when Sunderland were Football League champions. In 1937, Bill returned to Scotland and wound down his playing career with St Mirren. In 1939, he returned to Roker Park on being appointed manager of his old club. Bill Murray spent the next 18 years as manager of Sunderland.



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