A KIT OF AL­RIGHT!

Bris­tol City leg­end Scott Mur­ray still loves life at Ash­ton Gate as kit­man

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Di­pak Pa­tel

SCOTT Mur­ray is bid­ding to fi­nally be part of a win­ning team at Wem­b­ley with his beloved Bris­tol City, though he will be wash­ing the shirts rather than wear­ing one at next month’s Johnstone’s Paint Tro­phy fi­nal.

The 40-year-old, who made more than 400 ap­pear­ances for the Robins over two spells, now works as the club’s kit­man hav­ing found the path to­wards a coach­ing ca­reer far from smooth.

Mem­o­ries

Dur­ing his play­ing days at Ash­ton Gate, Mur­ray ex­pe­ri­enced de­feat in both the JPT and Cham­pi­onship play-off fi­nals to Stoke and Hull re­spec­tively, but hopes to taste victory in his third visit to the na­tional sta­dium.

“Wem­b­ley doesn’t hold good mem­o­ries for me. It is one of the nicest sta­di­ums to play foot­ball in, but it hasn’t been very kind to me,” said Mur­ray, whose team will be­come the most suc­cess­ful club in JPT his­tory should they beat Wem­b­ley debu­tants Wal­sall to take home the sil­ver­ware for a third time.

“We have not re­ally spo­ken about the game as our pri­or­ity is on the league, but a week be­fore the game is when we will start pre­par­ing, and look­ing for­ward to the ex­cite­ment and buzz Wem­b­ley gen­er­ates.

“The vibe around Ash­ton Gate from the fans is one of ex­cite­ment. The sta­dium is also be­ing ren­o­vated, so the next cou­ple of years will be vi­tal for the pro­gres­sion of the club.” Hav­ing spent 17 years in Bris­tol, Aberdeen-born Mur­ray is qui­etly con­tent with his cur­rent re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, though has not given

up hope of tak­ing on an al­ter­na­tive role in the back­room staff.

He has at­tained a UEFA B coach­ing li­cence and worked closely with mem­bers of the Bris­tol City academy when the op­por­tu­nity has arisen.

And Mur­ray is determined to even­tu­ally hang up his iron and get back out on the train­ing ground.

“At some point I want to do my UEFA A li­cence, but the cur­rent cli­mate dic­tates there is just no job sta­bil­ity there,” he said.

“Be­ing the kit manager of Bris­tol is more se­cure, and still al­lows me to be part of the club I love.

“I think I have been very lucky to play for Bris­tol and so many other clubs. If you would have said to me at 19 that I would play over 500 pro­fes­sional games, and score over 100 goals I would have prob­a­bly laughed at you.

“I’m for­tu­nate that I have been able to forge a ca­reer out of some­thing that I dreamed of do­ing as a kid.

“I have been lucky enough to coach Joe Bryan and Bobby Reid as they made their way through the youth sys­tems.

“I’ve known them since they were lit­tle and I’ve seen them grow up at the club. If they want any ad­vice they know they can come up to me at any­time, and I would be happy to help them.”

KIT OF ALL RIGHT: For­mer Bris­tol City leg­end Scott Mur­ray is now the club’s kit­man

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