Worldwide

Australian football broadcasting legend Les Murray dies, aged 71

Australian football broadcasting legend Les Murray dies, aged 71”

Legendary football broadcaster Les Murray has died today at the age of 71 after a battle with illness.

"You championed the attractive game - The World Game - in Australia over so many years", Mr Turnbull said.

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. At a time when the game needed cultural warriors - like his great mate Johnny, with whom Les is now at peace - Les stood up and took everyone on.

The above message appears atop a blog post, originally written by Murray's long-time mate and commentary box colleague Craig Foster.

"Les came to a country that mistreated football and the "wogs" who played it, and sat proudly, impeccably attired on the wog channel and told us - in the flawless pronunciation that would become his emblem - that this game is priceless, it is the game of the world, that just because you do not know it means nothing to me".

"In a land of boof and biff, it was an act of great moral strength to face Australia every day, and in showing such respect for the game, allow fellow football lovers to feel the self respect they craved when others tried so hard to take that away".

He received a Member of the Order of Australia for services to sports journalism in 2006 and, three years later, was given a lifetime achievement award by the Australian Sports Commission.

More news: Marvel Looks To Shake Its Poor Gaming Reputation

"In this, Les Murray stood nearly alone".

Western Sydney Wanderers will hold a minute's silence in Murray's honour before Tuesday's FFA Cup match against Wellington Phoenix at Campbelltown Stadium.

He was present at the outset of the National Soccer League and presented several World Cups as the sport transitioned into the A-League era.

"I hope I can legitimately claim that football is in a better place now than it was when SBS and I first went on a mission to build its profile".

"There were a lot of people who contributed greatly, but nobody at a time who contributed so much when it needed it the most", Culina said. "They ask that their privacy is respected during this hard time".

Football Federation Australia chairman Steven Lowy also spoke about what Murray meant to football in Australia.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


07 August 2019
Is Downsizing to a Smaller Home a Smart Decision?
Game of Thrones Slot Based on the hugely popular Game of Thrones TV series, this slot has gained its popularity due to that show. Those looking to change their lives with a huge win are all now heading over to the Mega Moolah slot game to try their luck.

31 July 2017
Putin expels 755 U.S. diplomats from Russian Federation
Asked about a possible veto threat earlier in the week, Corker told reporters: "I don't think that's real". He added that he hoped future U.S. -Russia cooperation would make the sanctions unnecessary at some point.

31 July 2017
'Confederate' foes push for Twitter protest during 'Game of Thrones'
But Nichelle Tramble Spellman remains unnerved by the way so many people attacked the show despite knowing so little about it. HBO has pushed back against the backlash, arranging interviews with the Spellmans to show there are black producers involved.

31 July 2017
New iPhone will have "infrared face unlock"
The discovery suggests that the next-generation iPhone will rely, at least partially, on facial recognition to unlock the device. Here's a string found in the firmware: " biometric ID enabled, but neither touchID nor pearlID is enabled".

31 July 2017
Rory McIlroy and Caddie JP Fitzgerald split
This morning's news comes just weeks after Phil Mickelson ended his relationship with caddie Jim "Bones" Mackay after 25 years. After fighting back to shoot one-over 71 in the first round, McIlroy told reporters that Fitzgerald had done a "great job".

31 July 2017
Australian women down Japan 4-2 at Tournament of Nations
A first half hat-trick to Sam Kerr has the Matildas in control of their Tournament of Nations match against Japan in San Diego. Kerr then doubled her account four minutes later after pouncing on a defensive howler to guide the ball past Ikeda.

31 July 2017
PTI chief can not take on PML-N all by himself: Khurshid Shah
Talking to media persons, Sheikh Rasheed said he looks forward to the decision of the opposition parties for fielding a joint candidate.

31 July 2017
Flipkart-Snapdeal merger likely to end
Snapdeal's two co-founders want the ecommerce marketplace to go forward as a smaller, but independent entity - Snapdeal 2.0. Reports of their preference to stay independent as a leaner organisation have also been doing the rounds.

31 July 2017
Jio effect: Idea to launch 4G-enabled cheapest smartphone soon
Since the launch of JioPhone, the news of other telecom companies also planning to build phones have started doing the rounds. The phone will effectively cost zero along with a security deposit of Rs 1500 which is refundable within 3 years.

31 July 2017
Collins recounts 'heartwarming' welcome in ME after healthcare 'no' vote
Tapper had asked her if she always got that kind of greeting from her constituents. Collins joined 48 Democrats and Republican Sens.