A KIT OF ALRIGHT!
Bristol City legend Scott Murray still loves life at Ashton Gate as kitman
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.
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