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Murray Barnes

Murray Barnes

(1954 – 2011)

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Murray Barnes
(1954 – 2011)

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Murray Barnes

(1954 – 2011)
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This is an online tribute dedicated to Murray Barnes who was an Australian football (soccer) player. Murray Barnes played for the Australian team for six years, captaining the team nine times.
Murray Barnes played for a number of junior soccer clubs including Northern Tigers and Kissing Point in New South Wales. He also spent a year with the youth team of English club Leeds United. During his senior club career Murray Barnes played for Sydney Hakoah (later known as Sydney City Soccer Club) in the New South Wales State League and in the National Soccer League.
He played 32 full international games for the national side scoring six goals. He was captain of the Socceroos for nine matches between 1978 and
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1981 including World Cup qualifiers against New Zealand, Fiji, Chinese Taipei and Indonesia.
Murray Barnes has received the Football Hall of Fame (Australia), Award of Distinction. In June 2008, Football Federation Australia created the Socceroo Club made up of former national team members. Murray Barnes was announced as a founding member.
Murray Barnes died on the 31st December 2011. This is an online memorial dedicated to his life and his career. May he rest in peace.
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On 10th Jan 2012
Bruce
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It was a shock to hear of Murray’s passing. My sincerest sympathies go to his family and friends.
Murray was a football contemporary of my youth. I clearly remember him getting one past me in the under 12s. I was in goals and he easily beat me one on one. He played rep football from an early age and I don’t recall playing against him again. We also went to the same high school (Normanhurst). I was one
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Bruce
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year ahead of him so did not know him very well. He also chose not to play football at school (hockey instead) probably because he already had enough in his life. However he was coaxed to play for the first eleven in the 1970 Waratah Shield (statewide school comp) and scored what turned out to be the winning goal against the more highly fancied Wallsend team. He jumped through a penalty area melee and lashed one in from close range. I had a good view from the bench. The result was 1-1 but we won on a countback of corners conceded. That was the rule then,
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Bruce
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no penalty shoot outs! It was just about the most exciting game I have ever seen, before or since. Next round we crashed out when Homebush fielded their reps.
I knew Murray was Captain Socceroo at some stage, but did not know that he spent 1972 at Leeds. That must have been some experience. I also recall seeing him on ABC TV in a club game (1980s?) sporting an outstanding mullet!
Murray’s football record speaks for itself. He clearly had the will and talent to succeed
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Bruce
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at a time when few from our district did. Football then as now was the dominant grassroots winter sport in Ku-ring-gai, but in the 1960s it was in its infancy. There was no obvious or easy path to further a career. Like many, I saw lots of talented kids, who in another time or place ….
To come from such humble beginnings makes Murray’s achievements that much greater. From what I knew of him he was as humble and modest as those beginnings. It was good to see recent pics of him at ease with his post-football
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Bruce
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life. We have lost a true local hero.
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On 4th Jan 2012
steve chin
wrote:
Murray was a good mate when we were growing up through school. I've always remembered, respected and appreciated his strength, enthusiasm and integrity. Condolences to his family and friends on his early passing.
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This is an online tribute dedicated to Murray Barnes who was an Australian football (soccer) player. Murray Barnes played for the Australian team for six years, captaining the team nine times.
Murray Barnes played for a number of junior soccer clubs including Northern Tigers and Kissing Point in New South Wales. He also spent a year with the youth team of English club Leeds United. During his senior club career Murray Barnes played for Sydney Hakoah (later known as Sydney City Soccer Club) in the New South Wales State League and in the National Soccer League.
He played 32 full international games for the national side scoring six goals. He was captain of the Socceroos for nine matches between 1978 and...

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