Paul Murray

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Paul Murray is an English midfielder who was born in Carlisle on 31st August 1976. Murray began his career with hometown club Carlisle United, making his debut as a substitute on 27th December 1993 against Darlington. He quickly established himself as a regular at Brunton Park, helping the Cumbrians win promotion to the third tier in 1995.

In March 1996 Murray joined Premier League strugglers QPR on loan. He made his debut with Rangers already relegated on 5th May 1996, in a 3-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest. Murray moved to Loftus Road on a permanent basis in the summer of 1996. The box-to-box midfielder was a mainstay in the R's line-up over the next four years, performing fairly well in an unsuccessful period for the club. He was hit with injury problems during 2000/01, making just six appearances. This partly contributed to Rangers’ Division One demise. Murray also earned international recognition during this time, winning caps for England's U21 and B sides.

In July 2001 Murray signed for Southampton on a free transfer. Saints' new assistant manager Mick Wadsworth was largely responsible for the move. Wadsworth had been Murray's manager at Carlisle. The former QPR man made his one and only Saints appearance as a substitute against Tottenham on 9th September 2001. Murray never looked like making it at St Marys, and when Stuart Gray and Wadsworth were fired, he was relegated to the reserves.

In December 2001 Murray followed Wadsworth to Oldham. He enjoyed a fairly fruitful two and a half year spell at Boundary Park. Murray’s best form for the Latics came at the end of the 2003/04 season, when he scored six in his final 13 games.

In May 2004 Murray continued his habit of working with Wadsworth when he signed with Portuguese outfit Beira-Mar. He remained at the club for two years until Wadsworth was given the boot. In 2006/07 Murray had a short stint back at Carlisle.

Murray linked up with Wadsworth yet again for the 2007/08 campaign, signing with newly promoted SPL unit Gretna. He could do nothing to stop the financially stricken club from finishing rock-bottom. In 2008 Murray was on the move again, signing with Shrewsbury. After two years at the New Meadow, the Carlisle born veteran signed with Hartlepool, who were of course managed by Wadsworth. Murray helped The Pool to a series of mid-table finishes.