RUGBY joining mislaid one of a loyal gentlemen Sunday night when former Cowboys manager Graham Murray upheld away. He was 58.
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Murray will be fondly remembered from all points of a rugby joining globe, carrying achieved illusory success as a manager in Queensland, NSW and England.
But his coaching record and conspicuous success usually tell a tiny fragment of a story of rugby league’s loss.
The diversion has also mislaid one of a friendliest and many likeable characters. A male who common a superb passion for a code, and combined lifelong friendships within it.
Murray was to manager Wynnum Manly in a Intrust Super Cup this season, a bar he had led formerly as CEO.
But a heart conflict in a pre-season put paid to those plans.
He was weakened, though fought on.
A second cardiac arrest, this one on a day of a State of Origin array decider, valid too most for him to tackle.
He had been in a Intensive Care Unit during a Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane since.
On Sunday a family he precious – mother Amanda and daughter Kara – done a agonising preference to switch off a life support complement that had been gripping him alive.
With loyal grit, Muzz managed to quarrel on for a few some-more hours, as word of his worsening condition widespread by a code.
But during 9.44pm EST Sunday night, a honest content summary from Wynnum Manly CEO Scott Thornton reliable a worst. One of a game’s good blokes was gone.
“Muzza” will always reason a special place in a hearts of Queensland rugby joining fans, for being a male who finally untapped a intensity of a North Queensland Cowboys – lifting them to their initial finals coming in 2004, and afterwards all a approach to a grand final opposite Wests Tigers in 2005.
He worked identical feats everywhere he went, with a Illawarra Steelers, a Hunter Mariners and with a Sydney Roosters, who he took to a grand final opposite a Broncos in 2000.
A unapproachable Blue, he was hapless adequate to take over a NSW State of Origin coaching pursuit in 2006 and 2007 usually as Queensland’s biggest epoch was dawning.
He was so good liked, Muzz achieved a unfit – he done it tough to hatred a Blues.
As most as Queenslanders wanted a Maroons to win, there was a partial of us that wanted a Cockroaches to during slightest get close, usually so it wouldn’t be too tough for Muzz.
In an age where rugby joining coaches can take things all too seriously, Muzz was affable, receptive and always penetrating for drink and a chat.
But it was in Leeds in a north of England where Murray was truly worshipped, winning a Challenge Cup opposite a London Broncos in 1999.
He will never be lost by a Headingley faithful, who used to intone on a terraces, “There’s usually one Graham Murray.”
They were positively right.
He will be missed greatly.
May he rest in peace.