St George FC were saddened to hear of the passing of Les Murray on Monday.
As many football fans know, Les was the voice of football in this country, and provided unsurpassed coverage of the game from the day SBS (then known as Channel O/28) commenced transmission in 1980. In a period when our game struggled for acceptance, Les, along with his friend and colleague, Johnny Warren, gave our game a strong voice and taught many of us the joy and value of football from across the globe, while also ensuring comprehensive coverage of the local game
For St George, the news of Les’s passing is particularly sad. Les had a long history of involvement with the Saints, his migration from Hungary in the late 1950s naturally drawing himself to the club itself formed by migrants from his country of origin.
Apart from being a fan, Les was also, at various times, a committee member, player and during the years 1994 to 1996, club president. At a time when St George was at a low ebb, struggling to adapt to life outside the NSL following its relegation in 1991, and a further relegation to the second tier of state league in 1993, Les took on the role of president, helping St George return to the top tier shortly after.
Les had a lifelong love of the game, a passion he shared amongst all of us