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Si­mon Mur­ray’s fa­ther Gary (59) also played pro­fes­sional foot­ball in his younger days. It is said Mur­ray se­nior al­ready knew his son would make it into the pro­fes­sional ranks since he was seven years old as his scor­ing record was phe­nom­e­nal at that age. Through­out his time back home, Si­mon al­ways had his fa­ther in the stands for just about all of his matches in the ju­nior ranks, all the way up to se­nior level. Just like his son, Gary was also a striker and played for Mon­trose, Dundee and Hiber­nian. “He was a good ath­lete and an in­flu­ence in my ca­reer,” Si­mon says. “I hope he can come and watch a few of my games next year and he will def­i­nitely en­joy it as well. Grow­ing up, I wanted to be just like him, play the game he played as well as score as many goals as he did. He was a big in­flu­ence, just like he was in other parts of my life, not only foot­ball. He helped me be where I am now.” Gary was forced into re­tire­ment by in­jury in May 1991, a year be­fore Si­mon was born.

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