Derek Murray Player Profile


  • Full Name: Derek Robert Murray
  • Born: November 26th, 1960 (Dunfermline)
  • Height: 5' 8
  • Position: Left Back
  • Signed: March 30th, 1977 (£5,000)
  • First Manager: Jim McLean
  • Career Totals: 23 appearances
  • Also Played For: Motherwell, Raith Rovers


Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1983-84 4 4 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
1982-83 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 - -
1981-82 16 16 0 1 0 12 0 4 0
1980-81 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
1979-80 - - - - - - - - -
1978-79 - - - - - - - - -
1977-78 - - - - - - - - -
Totals: 23 (0) 0 16 (0) 0 7 (0) 0

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
Dec 3rd, 1983 03/12/83 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 0
Nov 30th, 1983 30/11/83 Group Section 1 vs. Motherwell (A) 3 - 0
Nov 26th, 1983 26/11/83 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 2
Sep 28th, 1983 28/09/83 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Hamrun (H) 3 - 0
Mar 5th, 1983 05/03/83 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 4 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals
 None

 List of Goals Scored
None

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
Dec 3rd, 1983 03/12/83 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 0
Nov 30th, 1983 30/11/83 Group Section 1 vs. Motherwell (A) 3 - 0
Nov 26th, 1983 26/11/83 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 2
Sep 28th, 1983 28/09/83 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Hamrun (H) 3 - 0
Mar 5th, 1983 05/03/83 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 4 - 1
Apr 21st, 1982 21/04/82 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 3
Apr 17th, 1982 17/04/82 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 0 - 1
Feb 6th, 1982 06/02/82 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 1 - 0
Jan 30th, 1982 30/01/82 3rd Round vs. Brechin City (A) 4 - 2
Dec 5th, 1981 05/12/81 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 0
Nov 14th, 1981 14/11/81 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 3 - 1
Nov 11th, 1981 11/11/81 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 2 - 0
Nov 7th, 1981 07/11/81 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 3 - 0
Nov 3rd, 1981 03/11/81 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. M'gladbach (H) 5 - 0
Oct 31st, 1981 31/10/81 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 1
Oct 28th, 1981 28/10/81 Semi Final 2nd Leg vs. Aberdeen (A) 3 - 0
Oct 24th, 1981 24/10/81 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 0 - 2
Oct 20th, 1981 20/10/81 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. M'gladbach (A) 0 - 2
Oct 17th, 1981 17/10/81 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 1
Oct 10th, 1981 10/10/81 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 0 - 0
Aug 29th, 1981 29/08/81 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 4 - 1
Apr 25th, 1981 25/04/81 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 0
Aug 20th, 1980 20/08/80 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. East Fife (H) 4 - 0


Competition History


Comp
LGE 16 0 1 0
SC 1 0 0 0
LC 3 0 0 0
EC 1 0 0 0
UEFA 2 0 0 0
Totals: 23 (0) 0

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals


Biography


Derek signed provisionally for United from Oakley United in March 1977, and made his debut in a friendly against East Fife in August 1977. He was the regular left back in the reserve line up during his seven years at Tannadice, and made his first team debut in major competition in August 1980, starting in a League Cup tie against East Fife. He had to wait until nearer the end of that season for his second appearance, but had an extended run in the side during the 1981-82 season, starting in 16 matches, including the 5-0 UEFA Cup win over Borussia Monchengladbach in November 1981.

Competing with Maurice Malpas for the left-back position, Derek was used mostly as an unused substitute during the 1982-83 season, and made only one appearance as United finished the season as Premier Division Champions, although he did appear in friendlies against West Ham, Southampton and Everton.

Remaining a squad player during the 1983/84 season, Derek played in United's European Cup first round tie versus Maltese champions Hamnrun Spartans at Tannadice, but made only a further three domestic appearances before dropping out of the first team squad in December. He was allowed to leave Tannadice in the summer of 1984 and became one of Tommy McLean's first signings when he paid £5,000 to take the defender to newly relegated Motherwell in June 1984.

Derek became a regular at Fir Park, helping the club win promotion at the first attempt and solidify their place back in the Premier Division. After four seasons he then moved on to Raith Rovers in July 1988 before retiring in 1991. He returned to his first club, becoming assistant manager at Oakley United before stepping away from the game altogether.

Last updated on Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 by B Orr.





Debut

August 20th, 1980
Dundee United 4 - 0 East Fife

League Cup (1st Round 2nd Leg)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    Derek was born on this date in Dunfermline.


  • Signed For Dundee United


  • First Non-Competitive Appearance (Friendly)

  • First Team Debut

    Dundee United 4 - 0 East Fife
    League Cup (1st Round 2nd Leg)

    With United well in control after the 1st leg at Bayview, manager Jim McLean handed a first team debut to 19 year-old full-back Derek Murray, and ex-Hibs striker Joe Ward returned to the starting elev


  • League Debut

    Dundee United 0 - 0 Aberdeen
    League (Premier Division)

    A classlc this was not with the scoreline more or less telling the story of what was a mundane north-east derby. Perhaps the both sides had booked a European place and meant that only pride was at sta


  • Last Appearance

    Hibernian 0 - 2 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    When Ralph Milne opened the scoring a minute from the interval, he not only ended United's lean spell in Premier goals, but set United on the path to our first win in four League outings. Alth


  • Left the Club