Les Mur­ray, Aus­tralia’s ‘Mr. Foot­ball’ dies at 71

Cape Breton Post - - Obituaries -

SYD­NEY, Aus­tralia - Les Mur­ray, long con­sid­ered Aus­tralia’s pre-em­i­nent soc­cer com­men­ta­tor, has died af­ter a bat­tle with ill­ness. He was 71. The SBS network, where Mur­ray started work­ing when it launched in 1980, con­firmed Mon­day that the long-time broad­caster had passed away. “Les will be re­mem­bered not just for his 35-year con­tri­bu­tion to foot­ball in Aus­tralia, but for be­ing a much-loved col­league, men­tor and friend who has left a unique legacy,” SBS said in a state­ment. “To say he will be sorely missed is an un­der­state­ment.” Gen­er­a­tions of Aus­tralians re­garded Mur­ray as the coun­try’s “Mr. Foot­ball,” SBS said. “His role went far be­yond be­ing a foot­ball com­men­ta­tor,” the SBS state­ment said. “The growth, pop­u­lar­ity and suc­cess of foot­ball in Aus­tralia to­day is ab­so­lutely a re­flec­tion of his pas­sion and ad­vo­cacy for the game that he loved. ”

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