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Murray Memories

26 April 2013

With leading scorer Glenn Murray signing a new contract at Crystal Palace Football Club, we take a look back at his Selhurst Park career. 

After starting his career in the youth set-up at Carlisle, just a few miles from his hometown of Maryport in Cumbria, Glenn Murray got his first break at Rochdale.

Joining the club on a loan in October 2006, Murray scored four goals in 12 league outings, prompting the Dale to pay a nominal fee for his services in January 2007. 

He went on to hit 22 goals in 45 appearances at Spotland, before Brighton and Hove Albion came calling with a bid of £300,000. After signing for the Seagulls in January 2008, Murray found the net 56 times during a successful three-and-a-half year spell with the club, helping them secure promotion to the Championship in his final season.

But it is at Selhurst Park that Murray has discovered the best goal scoring form of his career. After joining the club on a free transfer, Murray made a low-key debut in the 2-1 defeat at Peterborough on the opening day of 2011/12 season, picking up a yellow card before being hauled off for Jermaine Easter in the 77th minute. 

He came on as a late substitute in the 2-0 Carling Cup victory over Crawley Town, before opening his account for the club in a 1-1 draw with Blackpool. Despite the goal he found himself on the bench for the next two league matches, before being recalled to the starting line-up for the trip to rivals Brighton.

Murray endeared himself to Palace fans by scoring one of three goals in the last ten minutes against his former club, as the Eagles triumphed 3-1.

He was on the score sheet again four days later as Palace drew 2-2 with West Ham, and two weeks later he bagged the only goal in a narrow win over Bristol City. 

Murray scored one of his most famous goals in the blue and red stripes at Old Trafford in November 2011, coming on as a 74th minute substitute to score the winner against Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup. But that was one of just three goals Murray scored for the club between November 2011 and the end of the season, as Palace finished the season in 17th place.

That run was a stark contrast to his prolific start to the current campaign.

Murray captained the side for the first time in the Capital One Cup win at Exeter, but he was ruled out of the opening three Championship games through injury. 

On his return to the starting line-up, the 6ft 2in frontman flew out of the blocks with six goals in five Championship games. The purple patch included his first hat-trick for the club, as the Eagles edged a five-goal thriller with Cardiff City at Selhurst Park.

His clinical start to the season bagged him the npower Championship Player of the Month award for September – and he has never looked back.

He netted a brace as Palace beat this weekend’s opponents Blackburn at Selhurst Park in November and followed that up with another hat-trick in the 5-0 demolition of Ipswich three days later. 

The former Brighton man returned to haunt his former employers again in December, adding two more goals to his account for the season in a 3-0 win. 

Murray bagged crucial braces in the 2-2 draws at Birmingham and Nottingham Forest, before another two-goal showing was enough to beat Charlton at Selhurst Park in February. 

The striker scored another double against Middlesbrough in February – with his stunning left-footed strike among the goals you can vote for in the club’s Goal of the Season award. 

What are your favourite moments from Glenn Murray’s time at Selhurst Park? 
Tweet us at @Official_CPFC using the hashtag #MurrayMemories 

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