Murray Barnes

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Murray Barnes
Personal information
Date of birth (1954-01-16)16 January 1954
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Date of death 31 December 2011(2011-12-31) (aged 57)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Leeds United
Kissing Point
Northern Tigers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1987 Sydney City 225 (60)
National team
1975 Australia U-23
1975–1981 Australia 32 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 October 2009
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2009

Murray Barnes (16 January 1954 – 31 December 2011) was an Australian soccer player. Barnes played for the Australian team for six years, captaining the team nine times.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Barnes played for a number of junior soccer clubs including Northern Tigers and Kissing Point in New South Wales,[1][2] he also spent a year with the youth team of English club Leeds United.[3] During his senior club career Barnes played for Sydney Hakoah (later known as Sydney City Soccer Club) in the New South Wales State League and in the National Soccer League.[4]

International career[edit]

He played 32 full international games for the national side scoring six goals,[5][6] he was captain of the Socceroos for nine matches between 1978 and 1981 including World Cup qualifiers against New Zealand, Fiji, Chinese Taipei and Indonesia.[5][7]


Murray died on 31 December 2011, at the age of 57.[8]


Barnes received the Football Hall of Fame (Australia), Award of Distinction; when Football Federation Australia created the Socceroo Club made up of former national team members in 2008, Barnes was announced as a founding member.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The History of Kissing Point". Kissing Point Football Club. Archived from the original on 25 October 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Club History". Northern Tigers FC. Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Former Australia captain Murray Barnes dies at 57". BBC Sport. 1 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Australian Player Database - B". Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  5. ^ a b The Australian National Men’s Football Team: Caps And Captains. Football Federation Australia.
  6. ^ SESA Sport Archived 7 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Socceroo Internationals for 1981". Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  8. ^ "Fans To Honour Former Socceroo". Australian FourFourTwo. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Special club formed for Socceroos". Sydney Morning Herald. 22 June 2008. Archived from the original on 3 May 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2009.

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