Graeme Murty

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Graeme Murty was a Scottish defender born in Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough on 13th November 1974. Murty joined York City as a youngster in 1991, and signed professional terms in 1993. Murty made his debut in the 1993/94 season and went on to play 122 games for The Minstermen. The right back played in York's amazing 3-0 win at Old Trafford in the Coca Cola Cup on 3rd October 1995. Murty also scored in the 3-2 League Cup win over Everton on 24th September 1996.

Murty joined Reading in the summer of 1998 in a deal worth £700,000. The defender struggled to make much of an impact during his first three seasons with The Royals, partly due to injury. By the 2001/02 season though, Murty had become a regular. He was appointed as Reading captain and lead the side to the 2005/06 Championship title, helping The Royals earn 102 points. The defender also won four caps for Scotland, with his first international appearance coming on 18th February 2004 in a 4-0 loss in Wales. Murty was a regular in The Royals two Premiership campaigns, playing 23 times during 2006/07 when Reading finished in a very respectable 8th position. Graeme made his final Reading appearance on 24th February 2008 against Aston Villa. The former York man missed the conclusion of the 2007/08 season and much of 2008/09 through injury. He was loaned to Charlton in January 2009 for two months, but couldn't help them survive the drop to League 1. On May 15th 2009 Murty was released from the club, after 11 years.

On July 3rd 2009, Murty's former Reading boss Alan Pardew, now Southampton manager, offered the full back a trial at the League One side. After impressing in pre season Murty was handed a one year contract with Saints and made his debut on the opening day of the 2009/10 campaign against Millwall. After playing the next two matches however, Murty's injury problems soon resurfaced. He was out of action until November 21st, when he made his comeback against Norwich. Graeme only played a further four matches for the club however, as poor fitness kept him out for the rest of the season, which was unfortunate because the veteran defender was always very reliable when called upon for the St Marys club. Murty was released from Southampton on 13th May 2010, and has since retired from football.

Since hanging up his boots, Murty has appeared as a pundit on both Sky and BBC. In February 2012 he returned to Southampton as a coach in the club's academy.