Causeway Chronicle

As the 50th anniversary reunion of the 1974 title winning team draws closer . . .

Causeway Chronicle’s MICHAEL ANDERSON talks to Coleraine legend Ivan Murray

He’s undoubtedly one of the greatest players to ever wear a Coleraine shirt.

And he wasn’t too bad as a manager either!

I’m talking, of course, about the legendary Ivan Murray.

The midfield general scored 116 goals in almost 600 appearances for the club.

Debuting against Cliftonville in September 1962, Ivan played for the last time in March 1978 against Linfield.

Voted Northern Ireland Football Writers’ Player of the Year in successive seasons – 1974 and 1975 – he will always be remembered for scoring the goal against Portadown that clinched the Gibson Cup in 1974.

Barely had the celebrations died down when Ivan – alongside Johnny McCurdy – found himself taking on the role of player manager after Bertie Peacock’s suprise announcement he was standing down.

Ivan, now 79, also represented the club in Europe 15 times (scoring twice) and guided the Bannsiders to two Irish Cup wins as well as the Ulster Cup and Gold Cup!

He also led the team to a historic 35 game unbeaten run.

Click the video to hear Ivan’s recollections . . .

Voted Northern Ireland Football Writers’ Player of the Year in successive seasons – 1974 and 1975.

A wee addition from life-long Coleraine fan Bobby Baxter. Ivan Murray and Barney Mullen were transferred to Fulham from Coleraine, during their time in London, Barney scored a hat-trick in an FA Cup Match. When the Fulhan Chairman was interviewed after the game, he didn’t even know who Barney was or where he came from, another wee snippet from their playing days.

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson