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Back to Old Gold Full Name: James R Murray
Born: 11th October 1935, Dover, Kent

An out-and-out striker Jimmy Murray was spotted playing schools football in his home town Dover by Molineux scout George Poyser and came to Wolves as a youngster in 1951, turning professional in Jimmy MurrayNovember 1953.
He developed steadily in the reserve side and then took over the No.9 shirt from Roy Swinbourne making his Wolves debut in a 2-0 home win over Charlton Athletic in November 1955, scoring his first Wolves goal in his third match against Everton at Molineux in November 1955.

In the opening game of the 1956-57 season, Murray scored 4 goals in a 5-1 defeat of Man City and ended the season with 17 goals in 33 games. When Wolves won the League Championship in 1957-58, Murray was the club's leading scorer with 32 goals in 45 games including 3 hat-tricks in the space of four weeks against Birmingham City (Home 5-1) Nottingham Forest (Away 4-1) and Darlington in the FA Cup (Home 6-1).

He was the club's leading scorer in the league the following season, when Wolves retained the Championship, with 21 goals in 28 games. In 1959-60, Murray again headed the goalscoring charts with 34 goals in 53 games and, though he finished behind Ted Farmer in 1960-61, his 23 goals in 31 league games included a hat-trick against Chelsea and a spell of eight goals in four games midway through the season. He was top of the club's goalscoring list again in 1961-62 but in November 1963, after scoring 166 goals in 299 games, he was sold to Manchester City for 27,000. During his time with Wolves Jimmy won two England Under 23 caps and he also represented the Football League.

He made a great start at Maine Road, firing in 12 goals in his first six matches, including two hat-tricks. He spent three and a half years with City and scored 558 goals in 76 appearances. The in May 1967 Jimmy joined Walsall for whom he hit 13 goals in 58 league matches before pulling out of major competition to sign for Telford Utd in August 1969, finally hanging up his boots in the summer of 1971, after playing in successive FA Trophy Finals at Wembley for the Shropshire club.

Jimmy then started his own greengrocery business in Tamworth and lived in Lichfield.


Jimmy Murray's Wolves Career
 

  League FA Cup Others* Totals
Season App Gls App Gls App Gls App Gls
1955-56 25 11 - - - - 25 11
1956-57 33 17 - - - - 33 17
1957-58 41 29 4 3 - - 45 32
1958-59 28 21 - - 1 0 29 21
1959-60 40 29 6 2 7 3 53 34
1960-61 31 23 2 1 4 1 37 25
1961-62 38 16 2 1 - - 40 17
1962-63 29 8 - - - - 29 8
1963-64 8 1 - - - - 8 1
Totals 273 155 14 7 12 4 299 166

*Others include European Cup and FA Charity Shield matches.