SCG Trust Chairman pays tribute to Les Murray

August 1, 2017

Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust Chairman Tony Shepherd has paid tribute to iconic football presenter Les Murray, who died on Monday after a battle with illness.

Murray arrived in Australia as a refugee from Hungary in 1957 and became a journalist in 1971, quickly becoming the ‘face of soccer’ at SBS over the next few decades.

“Les was a fearless advocate for the game in Australia and will be remembered as one of the greatest sports personalities in recent memory,” said Mr Shepherd.

“Alongside his good mate Johnny Warren, the two pioneered a new era for football and helped see through the formation of the National Soccer League and eventually, the A-League competition.

“He always kept the football world honest and his contribution to the game, on our screens and behind the scenes, was truly special. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

Murray has been coming to the Moore Park precinct since the Sydney Sports Ground days and has been a constant figure at Allianz Stadium since its conception in 1988.

He was also on hand at the unveiling of the Johnny Warren sculpture last year.

Murray called Australia’s famous 1-1 draw against Argentina in the 1993 World Cup Qualifier at the Sydney Football Stadium. The match, which featured the great Diego Maradona, broke ratings record for SBS and will be remembered as one of the Socceroos’ best performances.

The SCG Trust salutes Les Murray’s contribution to Australian sport. He was a fearless critic, a champion of television and one of the great stories football has seen.

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