GRAHAM Murray was never fearful of an ascending battle.
GRAHAM MURRAY DIES AGED 58
When North Queensland were in predicament in 2002 following a sacking of Murray Hurst, it was Murray who answered an SOS from bar hierarchy and breathed life into a struggling Cowboys.
Seemingly, he was always adult for a fight.
Sunday night, around 9pm, a male affectionately famous as “Muzza” mislaid his biggest and bravest battle, flitting divided after complications outset from his second heart conflict in 4 months.
He was 58.
Hours earlier, a Murray house done a agonising preference to switch off his life support after being summoned by sanatorium staff to revisit a former NSW State of Origin coach.
Doctors during Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra sanatorium had already conspicuous him brain-dead.
Murray had been in bad health for some time and was certified to a Princess Alexandra after a heart conflict a fortnight ago.
It was a coach’s second shock after he suffered a heart conflict in Mar and spent a week in a coma.
Murray was due to manager a Wynnum-Manly Seagulls in a Intrust Super Cup this year though stood down due to ill-health.
Wynnum Manly CEO Scott Thornton released a matter saying: “The Seagulls are unhappy to news a flitting of Graham Murray tonight.
“Family and friends all conclude that Muzz was one of a good group of rugby league. We ask for remoteness for his family during this formidable time.”
Murray binds a special place in Queensland rugby league’s tapestry.
Perhaps his excellent impulse with a clipboard came in 2005, when he became a initial manager to drive a Cowboys to an NRL grand final, usually to remove to Wests Tigers 30-16 in a decider.
Despite a heartbreak, there is no doubt a Cowboys enjoyed their biggest glories on his watch.
Murray had 7 mostly successful seasons during a helm, steering a Townsville bar to 79 wins from 161 games.
It is some magnitude of his ability that Murray had formerly been to a large dance, with a Roosters subordinate for a 2000 decider in his initial deteriorate in assign during Bondi Junction.
The Roosters suffered a 14-6 detriment to a Broncos and Murray had one some-more deteriorate during a bar before relocating north for his rescue goal during North Queensland.
In a prolonged and renowned coaching career, Murray also coached Leeds in England, a Hunter Mariners in Australia’s Super League and Illawarra in a NSW Rugby League.
As a player, he played 89 top-grade games for Parramatta and Souths between 1976-83.
Such was his artistry as a impertinent halfback, he was nicknamed “Little Artie” after mythological Maroons column Arthur Beetson, who died of heart disaster while sportive on a Gold Coast in December, 2011.
The span have now been re-united during a pearly gates, Big Artie and his good partner Muzza.
Finally, after months of quarrel and too most onslaught for even a best men, Graham Murray can rest in peace.