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Hugh Murray

Most official competitive appearances
Most league appearances
=Most winners medals in national competition

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08-01-1979, Bellshill
August 1994, from Wolves Boys Club
26-04-1997 V East Fife (Love Street) 1-0
07-02-1998 V Ayr United (Love Street) 3-0
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to Partick Thistle May 2012

Future generations of St Mirren fans will look back at the career of Hugh Murray and recognise him as one of the greatest servants in the history of the club.
For the present generation of fans, he is already a St Mirren legend! 

Hugh has appeared in more official competitive matches than any other Saint, he has won more domestic winners medals than any previous Saints and he was one of the first entrants to the St Mirren Hall of Fame.

All of the above are reasons to make him stand out in the history of St Mirren players, but one moment way back in 1998 has made him a legend in the stripes!  

1993-94
Signs from Wolves B.C following a spell with Motherwell B.C
As a 15 year old, is part of the Saints youth squad which finished 3rd in the Colmschate youth tournament.
He is described by Stewart Gilmour, then Executive Club member, now Saints Chairman, as being 'Hugely talented and certainly one to look out for in the future'.
How right he was!!

The Colmschcate squad, May 1994.
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Hugh is 2nd from right in front row (Click to enlarge)

 
1994-95
Spends the season with Giffnock North, Saints U-18 team.
Reserve team debut as sub v Morton at Cappielow on 13/04/1995.   

Saints youth squad 1994-95
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Hugh is 3rd from left, front row. (Click to enlarge)

 
1995-96
Plays regularly in the reserve side, and scores one goal.
Played a major part in Saints winning the Reserve League West.
Scotland U-16 caps v Finland + Iceland in Euro Championships. 

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1996-97
21 reserve starts, 3 sub appearances scoring 4 goals.
Makes first team squad as unused sub v Morton 15th March.
Top team debut V East Fife as sub on the 26th April
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Further place on the bench
v St.Johnstone on the 3rd May.

Signing first pro contract 1996-97
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J.McGuire, S.McGarry, H.Murray, D.Milne

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1997-98
First top team start v Airdrieonians , 2nd August at Broomfield.
First top team goal v Ayr United, 7th March at St.Mirren Park.
Next goal in next game v Hamilton Academicals.
2/5/98 - Stirling Albion at Forthbank, scores the goal that secured Saints1st Division status.
Named clubs Young Player of the Year

Forthbank 1998
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Celebrating THAT goal

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 1998-99
Becomes a permanent fixture in the top team, starting 30 matches

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1999-2000
Wins First Division Championship medal. 
Two goals v Airdrie 4th September after being withdrawn from Scotland U-21 team v Bosnia.
Scored a goal v Clydebank after playing keepy-uppy!
4 U-21 caps v Bosnia Herzogovina, France, Northern Ireland + Wales, all as a sub.

Scotland U-21 cap
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2000-01
100th first team start v Hibernian at Easter Road, 26th August 2000.
Remains a regular in the team, but cannot prevent relegation back to Division 1
 

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2001-02
Plays in the team but can do nothing as they slip to the lower half of the First Division and fail to bounce back to the top flight as had been predicted.

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2002-03
Refuses to sign a new contract and leaves to have a trial with Mansfield Town.
After two games, Hugh returns north to Queen of the South, but he fails to win a contract due to their need to sign a striker.
On the 23rd of August, Hugh returns to St.Mirren Park and signs a one year deal.
The following day he makes his 150th career start v Clyde at Broadwood.

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2003-04
Makes 200th appearance against Raith Rovers in March.

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2004-05
Hugh is one of the first inductees into St.Mirren’s Hall of Fame alongside Tony Fitzpatrick, Campbell Money and Ricky Gillies.
He makes his 200th career start v Clyde at Broadwood on the 4th September 2004.

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2005-06

Wins another First Division Championship medal and a Bells Cup winner’s medal.
Hugh makes his 250th career start for St.Mirren against Hamilton Academical on the 26th November 2005.

Hugh achieves the accolade of being the first St.Mirren player to win three winners medals from national competitions.

First Division Champion
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Open top bus through Paisley

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2006-07

Back in the top flight, Hugh plays his part in keeping Saints in the SPL.
He scores a great goal at Tannadice to set up a 2-0 victory which played a big part in survival.

Celebrating a goal V Dundee United
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Tannadice 5th May 2007

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2007-08
Appointed club captain, however, this appears to distract him from his normal game and he fails to maintain his consistant performances.

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2008-09
Released from the pressure of the captaincy, Hugh returns to his usual consistant performances and plays his part in a third succesful season in the SPL.

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2009-10

Scores two goals in a match against Motherwell at Greenhill Road on the 24th October.
Plays in his 400th match for Saints against Hamilton Academical on the 31st October.
Makes his 400th start in an end of season match at Falkirk and plays a major part in securing a draw which guaranteed Saints SPL status.

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2010-11
Misses part of the season after fracturing his jaw.
Is subject of a bid from Dunfermline to take him to East End Park, but he refuses the offer.
Breaks Tony Fitzpatricks record of 458 official competitive matches for the club, when he takes the field against Hamilton Academical on 2nd May.
Unfortunately his match lasts just seven minutes as he is carried off with a bad knee injury.

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2011-12
Misses the start of the season with the knee injury, making his comeback as a sub against Rangers in the famous 2-1 win on Christmas Eve 2011.
He made a further sub appearance against Inverness, before starting against Hibernian on the 3rd March.
He was a sub against Hearts in the Scottish Cup quarter final at Tynecastle and played a big part in earning a replay for Saints.
On the 17th March 2012 He made an appearance as sub in the league match against St Johnstone which was his 400th League appearance for the club.
At the end of April it was announced that his contract would not be renewed for next season, ending an 18 year association with the club.
Comes on as sub against Inverness on the 5th May for what was his final match for Saints. An emotional occasion all round.

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Through the top flight seasons with Panini
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