Beloved Football Commentator Les Murray To Be Given NSW State Funeral

Les Murray

Les Murray

Earlier this month, Murray's last piece for SBS was published, in which he wrote about the significant impact migrants had on Australian soccer.

Widely known as Australia's "Mr Football" and the voice of the game within the country, Murray stepped down from his full-time role in 2014 but remained involved with SBS' coverage in a guest role.

Among those mourning the loss of one of the greats of the sport in Australia were Socceroos great and current commentator Robbie Slater, Football Federation Australia and current Matildas player Kyah Simon.

Murray has been hailed as an influential figure in the growing popularity of football in Australia after he joined SBS Television in 1980. He fought well into extra time but whistle has blown. "His legacy is lasting", former Socceroo and SBS broadcaster Craig Foster wrote.

The FFA have extended their condolences to Murray's partner Maria and his daughters Tania and Natalie.

These traits made Murray a welcome addition to Australian living rooms and is undoubtedly one of the reasons why football in this nation is in the position it is today.

Murray also served as a member of FIFA's Ethics Committee from 2003 and 2013, but was critical of the work done by the body.

Michael Ebeid, CEO and managing director of SBS, paid tribute to his "dear friend" via a statement.

A trailblazer for the game in this country, Murray arrived in this nation to a country not synonymous with the attractive game.

Labor leader Bill Shorten echoed the sentiment of many fans, describing him as the a legendary sports broadcaster.

"He brought the world's game to Australia". He was the voice of famous victory and heartbreaking defeat, of joy and despair. "To say that his contribution to SBS and to football was enormous doesn't do it justice".

Murray appeared on a track titled 'What Nationality Is Les Murray?' by Melbourne alternative-rock band TISM. In the song Murray recites the names of some of football's biggest names.

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