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Paul Murray (footballer)

Personal information
Full namePaul Murray
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubHartlepool United
Number20

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Paul Murray (born on 31 August 1976 in Carlisle, Cumbria) is a footballer who plays in midfield for Hartlepool United

He started his career at Carlisle United and made his Football League debut for them on 27 December 1993, coming on as a substitute against Darlington. In May 1996 he joined QPR on loan, making his debut at Nottingham Forest. After the Hoops' relegation that season, he joined the team permanently for a transfer fee of £300,000. Whilst at Q.P.R. he was called up four times for the England U21 squad, and in February 1998 he made his solitary appearance for England B as a substitute against Chile. He enjoyed a successful time at Loftus Road, playing 140 league games before he joined Premiership side Southampton in 2001, though he played only one game for the south coast side.

In December 2001 Murray joined Oldham Athletic, where he spent three and a half years, before he joined Portuguese club Beira-Mar. He re-joined Carlisle United in the close-season of 2006 after their promotion to League One, and scored against Doncaster Rovers in the opening game of the 2006 07 season. This was the first match for new manager Neil McDonald. He was released by the club in May 2007.

Murray joined newly-promoted Scottish Premier League outfit Gretna in June 2007 on a one-year contract.

With his contract expired at Gretna, Murray turned down a number of clubs to move south of the border and join League Two side Shrewsbury Town in May 2008, alongside former team mate Stephen Hindmarch. After two years at the club he was released on 14 May 2010.

He joined up with Hartlepool United on trial in the summer of 2010 and signed a short term deal with the club in August 2010.




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